Residence Redux: Laying the groundwork
Part three of our series about the Laverty residence in the Nye’s Neck area of North Falmouth examines how the homeowners and their guests are able to enjoy the outside of their home, all thanks to a talented team of professionals who took what mother nature nature offered and coaxed it to its maximum potential.
One of the most remarkable aspects of this special property in the Nye’s Neck area of North Falmouth is the simple lay of the land. Such an expansive, gently sloping piece of land—particularly as it is buffered by a pristine slice of a white, sandy beach—is a rarity, not to mention a treasure. This archetypal lot has been thoughtfully groomed and coerced to provide a stunning backdrop for the owners, while offering a myriad of practical applications for the best summer living has to offer.
“One of the reasons I knew this property was so special was because of how many different functions the land could accommodate,” homeowner Charlie Laverty explains. In fact, there are several uses of the property, and somehow they all complement each other. However, one of the more subtle aspects of the property is how one space seamlessly flows into the other. The natural stone, three-season porch with an outdoor fireplace allows the homeowners to enjoy the cool Cape Cod evenings even during the shoulder seasons. It is here that the natural element of the stunning Chinese granite subliminally leads visitors from the loge-like porch to the covered terrace that extends along the back (waterside) of the home. The stone path then spools off and slightly down and across the backyard to create a circular terrace, featuring an oversized fire pit surrounded by eight chairs by Cape Cod Beach Chair.
The creative genius of these spaces is a product of the imagination credited to landscape designer Greg Bilowz. “I find creating spaces like these to be pretty intuitive,” Bilowz explains. “I’m a firm advocate of two things. One is to get the interior space and the exterior space to intimately relate to each other; that is done by setting the elevations, so you step out one step onto a finished terrace or hardscape area. Second, as the grade transitions down to the water, I’m a real advocate of sitting walls, because a sitting wall is a really efficient footprint. You don’t have to over-furnish them to accommodate a lot of people.” Bilowz says you have to read the topography, and in the case of the Laverty property, it unfolds perfectly for this kind of seating arrangement. “You don’t have a lot of people sitting in the center of the terrace; instead, casual, comfortable interaction takes place throughout.”
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