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Homespun Sophistication

The north and south wings of the home are connected on the second story by a 35-foot hallway that has a section of cable railing, and then transitions to a full interior wall with interior windows. “I love walking through that section of the home,” Palumbo explains. “The ceiling is a bit slanted and as you move through the spaces, it feels like you are in the loft areas of a barn. You are just so much more aware of your environment than you would be walking down a traditional hallway.” The master bedroom, found at the end of the catwalk also benefits from the light exchange and ventilation of two interior windows that offer views of the activities of the great room below. 

Outside, a landscape imagined by the inimitable landscape designer Kris Horiuchi, of Falmouth’s Horiuchi and Solien, includes an in-ground pool, natural stone decking, a covered pavilion, cabana and fireplace, all against the backdrop of Oyster Harbors on Cotuit Bay. The home was built by Cataldo Custom Builders, Inc. which coordinated all of the parties, including Cappuccino, Horiuchi, Jonathan Searles from Francisco Tavares Landscape, and Palumbo, who obviously served as interior designer as well as homeowner. 

Ralph Cataldo says, “This was such a special project. Every time we met, everyone was prepared, we were organized and decisions came quickly. We were able to move the schedule along very efficiently because there was a high level of trust. Because of that trust, it facilitated the communication and  created a team that was invested in building something truly amazing. Often these projects take a very long time to complete, but this one was different because everyone worked together as a team.”

Cataldo also remarks how this project was different becasue of the design program that Cappuccino, Levin and Palumbo achieved. “The home had a unique array of finishes, both inside and out,” Cataldo explains. “They introduced a post and beam element, both inside the home and outside in the pavillion. There was natural fieldstone that was hand split by the landscape contractor and represented on the  cabana’s fireplace, around the pool. There was significant hardscape, which really married the project to the site. Overall, it is just a very special home.”

The Palumbos enjoy their Cape home through the seasons. It has truly become a retreat for them, and because of the kaleidoscope of styles and spaces that Palumbo and the rest of the team have imagined and ultimately created, the home will continue to grow, and evolve, just like Palumbo and her active family.

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