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Pleasant Bay provides the perfect backdrop for this jaw-dropping home

Sited atop the hill and wrapping around the front of the property like a one-armed hug, the two-story home is carefully positioned to offer sightlines of the water from practically every room. For the owners, it was important the home feel as open as possible, and that nothing compete with the views. “We wanted to let the property and its proximity to the water speak for itself,” says the project’s interior designer, Ashley Hilferty of Ashley Bradford Interiors. Upon stepping through the deep-red front door, your eyes are immediately met by the view of the water, framed like a painting by a black-framed slider leading out to the deck off the living room. Window frames throughout the home are black, further encouraging your attention on the natural beauty outside. Nonetheless, there is much to admire about the design inside.

Richly grained, 8” hickory flooring spans from the entryway and living room into the open kitchen/dining area. In the kitchen—designed by Dean Sarrasin of Kitchen Port Inc.—an oversized island, complete with a leathered-granite finish, allows for barstool seating. Although the dining area is limited in width, a Dutch-style, 70” walnut dining table—designed by Hilferty and crafted by Cape Dream’s millwork division, Timmerwerk Custom Cabinetry—fits perfectly and can easily accommodate eight people. Spooling off of the kitchen/dining area, the architectural design of the home forms the crook of the arm in the aforementioned hug. The inner arm finds the mudroom, and running along the outer arm, Macleod has flanked a sprawling three-season porch whose angles allow the panoramic views, through mahogany-clad windows, to provide a treehouse-like sensation, perched above the vibrant conservation woodlands.

At the end of the mudroom, a set of stairs leads to the homeowners’ master suite, located above the two-car garage. “It’s away from the rest of the house to give the homeowners their privacy and a place to escape while kids and grandkids can still be in the main home enjoying each other,” says Hilferty. The landing at the top of the stairs offers the choice to enter the bedroom to the left, or a door to the right leads to the upper level of decking. Inside the master bedroom, a Juliet balcony offers a spot for quiet contemplation overlooking the greenery. Other features that Timmerwerk fashioned include a custom closet niche with built-in, soft-close drawers on either side in the master, as well as a custom bed and headboard with built-in floating nightstands made of butternut in the second-floor guest suite. “Every square inch of available storage that could be built in was done so we could avoid putting in extra dressers,” the owner says.

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