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

Understated furnishings, including leather swivel chairs and a concrete oval coffee table in the living room, are chic touches that allow for the simple, open feel the homeowners desired.

“A lot of people don’t realize how much of what I call ‘dead space’ there is in a house,” says van Steensel. “When you have a lot of eaves, there’s space behind there but it never gets used.” The limited dimensions of the rooms prompted the builder and his team to maximize that space throughout the home—from built-in drawers, cubbies and closets in the four bedrooms (three, including the master, are en suites) to open shelving flanking the fireplace in the living room. On the second floor, the design team gave the homeowners additional living space with a centralized open media room, complete with a dry bar as well as access to the upper deck overlooking the water and pool patio below.

When it came down to the details, no matter how small, the owners, with their keen sense of design, overlooked nothing. Having gone through renovation and new construction projects in the past, these homeowners had a firm grasp on exactly what they wanted for their forever home. From the metal roofing and aesthetic exterior brackets, to square-edged moldings instead of crown, to thicker interior doors, everything was customized to their specific preferences. “This was a treat,” van Steensel says of working on the home. “Being able to work with people who are so appreciative of quality, it’s nice to be able to build to that higher standard.”

“Every time we talked to Paul or the subs or Ashley, we made design choices on the fly,” notes the owner—including their decision to cover the majority of the walls in white shiplap. “We made that decision literally in two hours on a Saturday afternoon,” she recalls. “We just walked through every room and decided 100 percent shiplap or not, and then in the rooms where it’s not we picked the accent wall, and in the bathrooms we did the ceiling. Paul actually laughed and said, ‘Are you sure?’ and we said, ‘Yeah! Let’s go for it!’ In certain settings it would seem very gimmicky, but to us it felt very authentic.”

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