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The Cottage on the Cape

“On the interior, we are going for a slightly modern look with a mini-coastal vibe,” Jepsen says. The main home has two bedrooms upstairs and a reading loft, a perfect extra gathering space. The attached suite is complete with a living and dining area, bedroom, bathroom, and separate laundry room. Smart products are being implemented throughout the home, showcasing top-notch brands like AdvanTech, Aeratis, Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods, Elkay, and many more. Ensuring livable and tasteful coastal décor, Denise Enright Interior Design from Stamford, Connecticut will perfect the aesthetic inside. 

“At under 2,500 square feet, this house is going to feel right-sized. I think people are going to see the house and be able to envision themselves in it, which is important,” Jepsen notes.

The partnerships between all of the companies have united seamlessly, with all parties collaborating to create a paramount structure that will benefit the Cape Cod community. “Seeing this project come to life here on the Cape will be a lot of fun. So many of us have grown up in this business following ‘This Old House.’ The opportunity to build this with that team is a tremendous honor,” says Matt Cole, President & CEO of Cape Associates. “We hope the project helps bring awareness to the fact that there’s a need for flexible housing here, and that smart design is within reach.” With national suppliers on board, new products are coming to the Eastham home, bringing to light the possibility in smart, yet affordable building. “It has been a real community effort. All of the stars aligned for this project,” Baerenwald adds.

“The team at Cape Associates have been fabulous partners throughout the building process. They are very collaborative and thoughtful. Matt Cole is doing an incredible job, being smart and doing things right,” says Jepsen. With Cape Associates’ top team on the job, the project is expected to be completed mid-June. The home’s progress from the very beginning, can be seen via a live webcam available to view on the “This Old House” website. Additionally, the Idea House Build series, hosted by Chris Ermides, will release episodes chronicling the process on their site, app, and YouTube, showcasing an in-depth look behind the build. Multiple episodes are already available to view, revealing architectural decisions, specific product choices, and insider building tips. 

A true testament to the building possibilities on Cape Cod, “The Cottage on the Cape” is a beacon of light for local young professionals. With its energy efficiency, income opportunities, and smart products, the 2020 Idea House re-imagines all that a home can be.

For more information and current updates, head over to the “Cottage on the Cape” Idea House page on

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