Jeff, who majored in art at Skidmore College, and now designs childrens’ textbooks, has one of those curious and energetic personalities that insatiably seeks out new creative projects—most often recently of a woodworking nature. Once you understand that about him, it is easy to understand why he loves to explore real estate listings. Throughout the home, Jeff’s curated artwork—ranging from oil and watercolor paintings by local Cape artists, to whimsical folk art to the ordinary that has been transformed into the extraordinary—is evident at every turn.

“I love to go to artisan fairs and flea markets, and any place where there is creativity and my mind is allowed to run free,” Jeff explains. Along the way and through the years, Maria has evolved from a willing participant to a fully engaged partner in the hunt. “I enjoyed it enough at first, but now I’ve learned to see what he sees and I’ve learned to trust enough, and he’s been successful enough, that I am fully on board with some really adventurous ideas.”

It was that sense of adventure, wrapped in up in some vision, that led to one of the projects the Dinardos were able to add to the old Burrows homestead. An old barn behind the house beckoned to Jeff who set-up a woodworking workshop in the basement. But the barn wasn’t suitable for much else. Pometti who had successfully accomplished the renovations on the house for previous owners was enlisted to salvage whatever they could from the barn and erect a new one; but could he make it feel old? 

The result is a guest quarters that has a luxurious bathroom, comfortable living room and a secluded bedroom. Using reclaimed materials to achieve much of the character of the space, Pometti crafted a space that everyone in the Dinardo family, and a long list of friends, wants to book for their Cotuit get-away. Jeff and Maria with their diligent hunting and sourcing, have outfitted “The Roost” with an array of whimsical, practical and unusual, art and accessories.