Living where the sea meets the sky
“In order to maximize the ocean view, we had to pay attention to all orientations to the view,” DaSilva says. “We put windows on multiple sides of rooms so that the amount of direct sunlight coming into the room is expanded—in addition to the view.”
The kitchen brings particular joy to the homeowners, since both love to cook, as do their children. The marble-countertop island in this open-concept kitchen/dining space offers seating for three, and the dining area seats eight comfortably. Heidi Fahey had a farm outside the nation’s capital, and she provided vegetables to a restaurant in the D.C. area. Raised beds outside this new home are destined to produce more homegrown delicacies for the couple’s Cape Cod table.
DaSilva says the kitchen and dining space are essentially one, separated by the kitchen’s large island. “You don’t feel like you’re dining in the messy part of the kitchen, so to speak,” he says, “but they are visually open to one another, so socializing is easy.” This area is largely open to the living room but is separated by a large cased opening. “You can see through and hear through, but you do feel like they are separate spaces,” DaSilva says.
In addition to the kitchen and dining space, the first floor also features a living room—complete with a fireplace in its center—and a master bedroom suite, which is accessed from the foyer. A “his and hers” office, with two built-in desks, is located off a small hallway to the left of the main entry, and a laundry/mudroom can be found off to the right of the entrance. Beyond that, the living room’s focus is the vista, as windows on three sides offer views to the west and south. The space is arranged in an “L” shape, so the room spans the depth of the house from front to back.
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