Cape Cod Kitchen Remodel
As the six children in this family got older, they out grew their one story, two bedroom, one bath ranch in Cape Cod. They wanted a comfortable home but they had a strict budget.
As the six children in this family got older, they out grew their one story, two bedroom, one bath ranch in Cape Cod. They wanted a comfortable home but they had a strict budget to which they had to keep. One major way to save money was to use the existing foundation; however, this restriction created a design challenge. The new home is two stories and is open and efficient. The first floor now flows freely with a centralized kitchen and a family room and powder bath on one side and a dining room and screened porch on the other. The new second floor opens into the downstairs and has three bedrooms and two full baths.
There were several construction challenges in building this home. For starters, have you been to the New England coast in the dead of winter? Well, this was one of the windiest and snowiest ones on record! The property is located on a narrow, private, gravel road which was often not plowed so deliveries had to be loaded by our guys in their own trucks and brought to the house. The house is also in a 120mph wind zone and in order to make the old foundation conform to new code, we had to drill tie downs every 18” into the foundation and secure the new home.
The cupola was originally designed to sit on top of the roof but while it was being constructed, the decision was made to have the cupola open into the home to allow the light to filter into the two stories below. This required a reconfiguration of the roof rafters in the field and, while a difficult situation, the end result was worth it as the new cupola enhances the open feel of the home.
To keep costs and the need for maintenance minimal, the homeowners kept their selections as simple as possible. They chose countertops with integrated sinks and one piece shower and bath units. As for finishes, the homeowners wanted to repeat the earthy Mediterranean color scheme of their primary residence because they wanted their home at the cape to feel like “home”. Overall, the colors bring a sense of warmth and calm to the space.
Although the home has only 1,600 sq ft, the open floor plan and efficient use of space have transformed it into a perfect summer family retreat.