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Rustic remodel in Brewster

From Reverie to Reality, Annual 2017 Cape Cod Home |

Kitchen before and after the remodel. Photos by Jeffery Garran

Crystal doorknobs, pewter accents, dark woodwork, tapestries, floral draperies, and earth tones complete the look she carried over from her previous home in Hopkinton. “The home’s style has a European flair to it,” LaFave says, “almost like an old English lodge.”

LaFave’s vision for the redesign of the décor complements McPhee’s remodeling of the layout.

With the addition of two massive walk-in closets and a grand bathroom, the master bedroom was transformed into a suite. The expanded space provided room for a raised ceiling, from which an elegant chandelier dangles over the new open floor plan. A luxurious freestanding tub is the centerpiece of the attached master bath. The sheer size of the bathroom and the slew of new cabinets are impressive in themselves, but the mosaic tile in the shower and the floor’s intricate tile designs—installed by Anthony Geraci Custom Tile of Dennis—make the room even more appealing.

The kitchen restructuring was key to LaFave’s vision of her home. The main part of the house is made up of a cavernous great room, but the kitchen within the great room was small. McPhee enlarged the space, allowing the area to truly be the heart of the home. Glazed, cream-colored cabinets, installed by Superior Cabinets of Gardner, added storage and a vintage accent to the room. A gorgeous 10-foot granite island is an inviting space for family and friends to gather around.

Off the great room, a covered porch was converted into a heated dining area with a bar. McPhee raised the floor, took out the French doors, and installed windows, transforming the room into a cozy, four-season space with cream wicker furniture. A 12-foot sliding door opens up to masonry steps extending down to a massive rear patio with nothing but water in view.

“I had a specific vision as to how I wanted the house to look,” LaFave says. “McPhee got it. They understood exactly what I was looking for, and they followed through on it. They’re into detail, and that’s exactly what I was looking for. I’m very pleased with how the house turned out.”

“We took a nice home and just made it that much nicer,” McPhee says. “We’re in the relationship business. We do everything we can to complete every project right for each person we work with. We take care of them and hope they call us back whenever they need anything in the future, big or small.”

The following businesses also contributed to the remodel of the home featured in this article:

Framing: SDP Builders

Plumbing: Abbey Plumbing & Heating

Electrical: MAC Electric Cape Cod

Landscaping: McNamara Bros.

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