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Translating traditions for an active family

Translating Traditions, Autumn 2017 Cape Cod HOME |

The coffered ceiling and built-in bookcases in the master bedroom illustrate C.H. Newton Builders’ fine craftsmanship. Photo by Greg Premru

Surrounding this center stage, the living room, the sunroom, the dining room and the family room are all within a few steps of each other and offer areas that can be private or social, all at the same time. These rooms are not overly large, but Hutker explains that because of their openness and adjacent placement, they feel larger and borrow space visually from each other.

The interior spaces, and the fine craftsmanship provided by C.H. Newton to produce them, are resplendent with details that give a nod to the long New England history of homes and architecture. A coffered ceiling sets the tone and scale for the ground floor, but a stuffy environment is avoided by incorporating details like the board and batten treatment throughout the home and exterior shingles introduced in the sunroom. An exquisite split-face adirondack granite fireplace in the sitting room, crafted by Fagan and Sons Masonry in Arlington, commands attention due to the unique color and texture of the stacked blocks of stone, a custom mix named Essex created by Doug Fagan specifically for this project. An Anne Packard painting, evocative of the Cape Cod Bay beach a short stroll away, rests on the mantle.

When reflecting on the team that brought this project to its successful end, Hutker is quick to credit C.H. Newton. “See that corner and the joined point in the mill work?” he asks, pointing to a challenging angle of the ceiling in the sitting room. “That doesn’t just happen. That is C.H. Newton and their expertise, and attention to detail. They do it right.”

Other details that set the tone for the home include built-ins throughout the home, like an alcove that offers a highly functional yet modest built-in desk. The design and execution of this corner is evocative of what you might find in a classic Herreshof yacht, yet with a modern ease that encourages a stop to check email or pay some bills.

A ground floor master suite, with a light-flooded serene master bath and sumptuous walk-in closet, will take the couple far into the future.

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