This large renovation provided a professional couple and their growing family some much needed additional living space. The clients loved their existing home and location in Falmouth and wanted to expand while retaining the style and character of their historical house. The site already had spectacular landscape, outdoor spaces, and views to the ocean, so we integrated the expanded design around these features.
The newly designed spaces were oriented to take in more of the water views, without impacting the existing pool, patios, landscaping, and outdoor fireplace. We maintained the traditional more solid architecture on the entry side of the house, while employing a lighter more modern design facing the ocean to maximize the view. To update the existing facade, the natural-colored brick was painted white, the existing windows were made taller, as well as increasing the height of the main entry door and portico. These updates gave the home a grander scale and proportion, elevating the look while maintaining traditional materials, and tying into the new addition.
The interiors were refreshed as well, with white oak ceiling beams added to the kitchen and living area ceilings to delineate spaces in a fairly open floor plan. The main stair was replaced with a modern, open stair with steel center stringer and glass rails. The stair is a main feature of the first floor but also was designed to be “see-through” to keep the kitchen open to the other spaces on the first floor. A custom coffee bar and cold rolled steel glass interior doors brought refreshing timeless elements into the space.
We kept the height of the newly expanded area over the garage as low as possible to avoid impeding the neighbors’ views to the water, while maximizing 2nd floor space with a low-pitched hip roof design. We upgraded the insulation throughout and replaced all existing windows to improve the energy performance of the home. We worked very closely with the Clients,Builder, and Interior Designer, throughout the design process, to bring to life their “Forever Home” as the client called it!