Builder: McPhee Associates
Architect: Patrick Ahearn Architect
Photography: Amber Jane Barricman
Interior Design: Sarah Lyn Kashou
Classic Cape Reimagined is a full home renovation and addition project to a 1950 traditional Cape Cod house that overlooks Little Pleasant Bay. The intent was to update and renovate it into a summer family home with a garage and added in-law living space. The owners worked with Patrick Ahearn Architect to design their new space, and McPhee Associates to bring it to life.
The combined house and addition blend beautifully with an intentional classic and historic look—achieved with white cedar shingles, antique slate-style roofing, traditional 6-pane windows, black lanterns and New England louvered hinged shutters in a timeless Essex green. A white board and batten façade with black accents gives the classic house a hint of contemporary.
The interior is a bright and airy combination of white walls—a mix of horizontal shiplap on the walls and 6” v-groove on the ceiling—and dark grey accent walls. Wide plank Sawyer Mason French light oak flooring throughout, and oak accents—like the ceiling beams in the kitchen— add warmth. Black accents in the interior door hardware, light fixtures, and cabinet uppers, as well as in the furnishings, bring the contemporary style into the interior of this classic Cape Cod home.