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Rustic remodel in Brewster

Gary LaFave

Lafave house | Silver winner • Excellence in Remodeling – Whole House | Photos by Jeffery Garran

McPhee Associates redesigned this Brewster home with client’s dreams in mind

Down a long, winding driveway in Brewster, secluded from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, lies the spectacular piece of property Deborah and Gary LaFave purchased in 2014. The picturesque view of the pond and the home’s rustic wood floors were just two of the features that sold the future owners.

The attractive four-bedroom home was previously used primarily as a seasonal rental. To make it a functioning house for year-round living, Deborah, an interior design coordinator, had a vision to transform the house.

To bring that vision to life, the LaFaves tapped McPhee Associates of East Dennis, co-owned by Rob McPhee and his father, Bob. McPhee Associates focuses on new homes, renovations, additions, property management and land development on the Cape.

“In working with the homeowners, it was really their vision and us executing it for them,” Rob McPhee says. “We gave the whole place a facelift to suit their lifestyle and décor.”

The six-month remodel included building an addition to the master bedroom; designing a new office, mudroom and laundry room; expanding the kitchen area; and upgrading the covered porch in the rear of the home overlooking the pond. The finished project won silver in the 2016 BRICC Awards Excellence in Remodeling category.

The LaFaves previously owned a summer home in Dennis with a typical Cape Cod beach house look—vibrant hydrangeas, white woodwork, and nautical accents. But Deborah didn’t want to carry over that vacation look into the couple’s year-round home.

From the outside, the house looks like a typical Cape residence. Inside, the style is anything but. “The house has a lot of character,” Deborah LaFave says. “It has more of a traditional, warm, and rustic feeling to it. It’s unique—you don’t see too many houses with this style on the Cape.”

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