In her blueprints for the project—which created a new kitchen/dining space, added the porch, and connected the home to an adjacent garage—Nicholaeff says she tried to incorporate all the elements the homeowner wanted, without overwhelming the house. “We were very careful about working with what was there,” she says.
“She gave us the ideas,” says Peacock, the founder of Osterville’s Scott Peacock Building & Remodeling. “It was our job to make it all work.”
In addition to incorporating the creative elements, Peacock faced another construction challenge: the house is an antique. Built in 1850, the structure was originally located on Main Street in Osterville. A century later, in 1950, the house was transported across a field to its current location to make room for a library.
When working on older houses, Peacock says certain obvious issues must be addressed. First, with the new work, the goal is to build “in keeping” with the older construction.
“That’s always the challenge,” Peacock says. “We try to really marry everything together.” Also due to the home’s age, all the proposed work needed to be approved first by the Town of Barnstable’s historical commission.
On the exterior, it is difficult to tell just where the new construction was completed. Peacock says the trim was custom-milled to duplicate materials on the existing façade. Inside, design details and flourishes help the new interior spaces fit in among older surroundings.
Honed granite countertops from Cape Cod Marble & Granite were installed, for example, because the material is made to look older than it actually is. New Andersen Architectural Series windows—which create a virtual wall of light along the kitchen’s rear wall—are made to fit in with the design of older homes, and feature a four-over-four pane design on the top.
The kitchen’s hardwood floor of antique heart pine, milled by Cataumet Sawmill to be in keeping with an old house, adds to the warmth and country-style ambiance of both the kitchen and dining areas. A one-of-a-kind table, created by West Barnstable Tables, adds whimsical flair to the space as does a cozy chair, custom made from a tractor seat.
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