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A Wellfleet Retreat

The modern design continues in the home’s interior. Clean, sleek lines—including the cabinets, countertops, as well as in the furniture itself—are found throughout the home. “We chose Ikea cabinets because they really represented the simplistic style we were looking for. Throughout the process of designing this house, we would ask ourselves, ‘Is it simple?’” Ann says. “If the answer was no, then we knew we were headed in the wrong direction and we didn’t do it.”  

A large custom-built table made of reclaimed materials is as much a reflection of the homeowners’ appreciation for environmentally sensitive practices as it is a complement to some of the more contemporary design elements found throughout the home—including a “womb chair,” a modern-style chair named for the way it hugs the body. The table, crafted by Jeff Soderbergh, who creates custom sustainable furnishings in Wellfleet, is made of beams that were pulled out of a fortune cookie factory in Tribeca, New York; the cradle legs of the table are also made of reclaimed materials. 

The master bedroom is the only bedroom located on the main floor of the home. Like the family room, it too has large windows on the south-facing wall that allow the homeowners to wake up to beautiful views and sounds of the inhabitants that live in the estuary just beyond the window. The lower level serves as a retreat for the homeowners’ grown children. Three bedrooms surround a central game room, providing ample space for relaxation and recreation. A door leading outside allows for easy access to kayaks, fishing gear, as well as the cedar and mahogany outdoor shower—a staple among Cape Cod homes.

Though simple in its design, this Wellfleet home offers everything a Cape Cod summer should—it is truly a departure from the busy and noisy life associated with work and career. And it’s a place where Douglas and Ann can truly become one with nature—where they can slow down and appreciate the beauty that surrounds them. 



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