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Sun-filled open space sets the stage for the family’s new gourmet kitchen. Photo by Dan Cutrona

Schneeberger says that the Chatham office of Siemasko + Verbridge operates as a tightly coordinated unit, rather than individualized architects, project managers and designers. Once they took on the project, it was decided that the kitchen and dining room should be moved to different areas to improve the flow of the home. According to Schneeberger, in addition to the structural changes, the homeowners’ wish list included a gourmet kitchen, since the homeowner is an avid cook; more discreet locations for a powder and laundry room; and overall improved spatial functionality—all while taking advantage of the beautiful Cape Cod light wherever possible. The architects were sensitive to the scope and budget of the project, opting not to fully gut the ground floor and instead preserve the “good bones” of the home. “We needed to modernize and update; we still had the original 1980s cabinets and linoleum flooring,” the homeowner says. “We have a lot of visitors, and I love to cook. We had a dining room we never used; we needed a dedicated office area for my husband; we had one tiny closet on the ground floor, so the kids’ shoes and everything else were all over the place, all the time. It’s just very livable now.”

In addition to state-of-the-art appliances from KAM Appliance in Hyannis, changes included replacing all of the windows on the ground floor with a new Andersen fenestration package that thoroughly transformed the way the home relates to the outside. The new open plan, complete with multiple French doors that allow light and breeze into the home, encourages the family and their guests to enjoy Cape Cod’s summer weather and reminds them that they are living on vacation. A former three-season sunroom that was never quite warm enough in the cooler months or cool enough in the warmer months was updated to provide additional living space adjacent to the new kitchen. The homeowner says it is now used all of the time.

The contracting experts of AP Kimball dovetailed to form a tight bond with the architectural team at Siemasko + Verbridge. Together they presented finish choices, paint colors, molding options, hardware, fixtures and every last detail that combines to define the home. The definitive style choices, made alongside the homeowner, are evident in the sleek gray-brown engineered hardwood floors, sourced through Stonewood Products in Harwich, and in the distinctive blue-gray Benjamin Moore colors that softly wrap the walls with a serene effect.