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Worth the Wait

Cape Cod Home  /  Autumn 2023 /

Writer: Leslie Hatton / Photographer: Joyelle West 


Embracing change as they write their next chapter, a couple builds their dream home. Any new construction project comes with the usual set of challenges; among them are delays, fluctuating costs, budget issues, labor shortages, acquiring permits, and the endless decisions that must be made by all the parties involved—just to name a few. The Pratt family was decidedly ready to tackle these in order to build their dream home but what they weren’t ready for was something that would multiply these challenges two-fold: a pandemic. “I wouldn’t recommend it going forward!” homeowner Claire Pratt can say now with a chuckle.  Pratt had watched her parents struggle with a home that wasn’t conducive to aging-in-place, which really struck a chord with her. Thoughtful consideration for the future became a goal for her family’s next residence. The place they had called home for 22 years was a traditional colonial that would have proven difficult to remodel, so with the help of a friend, who was also a real estate agent, they began to search for land upon which to build their dream home. She says, “We don’t need first floor living now but at some point, we may. We weren’t looking to downsize, but rather reconfigure.” Their search brought them to an area of Marstons Mills they weren’t familiar with, but decided, “If we were going to make a move, we wanted it to be different.”  As this would be their final home, the Pratts wanted to conduct their due diligence. With dreams in their pockets, they trekked around the Cape to several open houses in order to research local builders—and it seemed that each time they came upon a home that was notable to them, they would learn it was built by Agricola Construction Company in Mashpee. Included in the…


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Leslie Hatton

Leslie (Horne) Hatton enthusiastically joined Cape Cod Life in October of 2022. Educated in Mashpee and Falmouth, she graduated from Assumption College and received her Master of Education degree from Lesley College. A former teacher, she has taught middle school, preschool and most recently, fifth grade. She and her husband Tom have three children: Aidan, Colin, and Erin. Their newest family member is Millie, an outgoing, outrageously happy chocolate lab. She loves to talk about all of them so better not ask. One neat tidbit about Leslie is that she is the author of the locally best-selling children’s book Cape Cod ABCs, with over 10K books sold on Cape Cod, the Islands and across Massachusetts. Happiest in the summer with a little sun on her face, she loves being with friends and her family, laughing, drinking and eating all over beautiful Cape Cod.