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Polhemus Savery DaSilva revamps iconic Chatham home

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The soapstone kitchen sink depicts a playful Riptide-inspired scene. The carving is a Tim Dibble creation. Photo by Brian Vanden Brink

Take, for example, the celadon-hued kitchen cabinets—installed by Classic Kitchens & Interiors of Hyannis—which Maurer says are the starting point for the color scheme of greens and blues found throughout the house. “The color just pops and brings the water right into the house; it just marries the interior and the exterior,” Maurer says, “so we chose that color after some discussion of, ‘Are you ready to take a risk and do something a little different?’ I tell my clients that the most successful projects have been those in which people have gone for it and done something totally out of their safe zone.”

In an effort to achieve Bonnie’s desired casual, cottage-like feel within the home, Maurer modified a glass-inset Victorian door, designing a wheat sheaf pattern that was then sandblasted onto the glass. Maurer explains that this design touch gives the appearance of being preserved from the past, which ties in with the Daggetts’ appreciation of historic Chatham homes. Riptide’s existing wide-plank wood flooring also merges the old with the new, Maurer adds.

Bonnie Daggett’s favorite interior design touch is found in the kitchen, where she once again enlisted the help of Tim Dibble to create a custom design in the apron of the soapstone sink. The carving features a lighthouse (the house is just up the road from Chatham Light), a windmill (neighbors have a windmill that’s visible from Riptide), a “cute” whale (Bonnie says she particularly likes whales), and a harbor scene illustrative of the house’s water view. The word “Riptide” is also carved in the waves to complete this whimsical design.

For both Maurer and DaSilva, working on Riptide was not only fun but also personally rewarding and meaningful. “[Riptide] is very much a New England, Cape Cod icon,” Maurer says, “and it is just a very special property.”

“The house has always been an icon,” adds DaSilva. “Now it’s a polished icon.”

The name “Riptide” did not originate with the Daggetts; rather, the original owners gave the home its enduring moniker. When she and her husband moved into Riptide, Bonnie says the outgoing owners left them a note indicating that, while the house is formally known as Riptide, they had come to call it “Heaven.” For the Daggetts, Riptide is now more heavenly than ever.

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