Fifty Shades of Green – Home Remodeling

Transforming a dated ranch into an urban loft-like space triggers a move from city to country.By Jaci Conry | Photography by Dan CutronaWhile her husband was buying sneakers across the street, the homeowner casually wandered into g Green Design Center in Mashpee Commons. “She said she was renovating her home and wondered if I had any recommendations for a contractor,” recalls interior designer and showroom owner Nicole Goldman. “We were each wearing similar black shift dresses, which we laughed about, and started chatting away.” Within minutes, it became clear that in addition to their taste in clothing, the two women also shared similar design sensibilities.The homeowner, who lived year-round in Boston, had recently inherited her mother’s house in East Falmouth. The small 1950s ranch held deep sentimental value, but it was in dire need of a refresh, and the homeowner yearned to make the space her own. Goldman, whose showroom specializes in materials and products that are eco-friendly, energy efficient and sustainable, was hired in July 2012 to spearhead the renovation.From closed and dated to open and contemporary“The master bedroom had orange shag carpet, the kitchen had teal cabinetry, and the master bathroom’s white-and-green marbleized vinyl tiles were hideous,” says Goldman. The homeowner was inspired by the aesthetics of urban lofts, and the motivation for the renovation was to make the space light, clean and crisp. “Not ultramodern, but contemporary,” says Goldman.Buzzards Bay-based Shoreline Remodeling handled the construction, and the first order of business was to remove the three-quarter walls separating the kitchen from the living and dining areas. “The kitchen was literally a box in the living room,” says Goldman. With the walls down, an airy, open vibe was established and sunlight could now stream into the space from front to back. A benefit of the home’s original architecture was that the ceilings were vaulted; Goldman called for the existing beams to be accentuated with trusses to enhance the loft-like feel.Shades of gray with green improvementsThe homeowner is drawn to gray and the home’s color palette centers on variations of the hue. “We actually used about 50 different shades of gray throughout the house,” says Goldman. The frameless maple cabinets, for example, were treated with an opal stain that has a whitish gray, almost translucent appearance. All materials were selected with sustainability in mind. The island is topped with a recycled glass and concrete waterfall counter that extends to the floor. The dark counters along the sink and refrigerator walls are made out of Richlite, a material constructed out of more than a hundred layers of paper highly compressed in a phenolic resin. “The resin makes it tough, as well as the finish, which includes a wax layer,” says Goldman. “It’s more durable than a plain wood countertop that has been treated.”The horizontal porcelain backsplash tiles offer a few different light-gray tones. In contrast, the cork flooring that replaced the old kitchen’s linoleum, was stained dark gray. The existing wood floors in the living and dining areas were refinished with toxin-free tung oil. “Everything is made from recycled materials, or [material] that is rapidly renewable,” says Goldman. Among the home’s most interesting repurposed elements is a sliding barn door that utilizes reclaimed boards from snow fences in Wyoming.“It’s possible to get boards with lichen still on them if you really want a lot of texture,” says Goldman, who notes that sliding doors, like the one in this house that cordons off a hallway leading to the second and third bedrooms from the living area, are great space savers. “They eliminate the space you need to have for a door to swing open.”A suite additionThe master suite was added onto the house after it was initially constructed. Accessed by an awkward angled hallway, it felt disconnected from the rest of the house. To create a more engaging entrance to the space, the hallway and bedroom, which includes a small sitting area, were reconfigured and the bathroom was expanded.The bedroom’s new floors are made of strand-woven bamboo, a harder, more durable variation of bamboo. “The wood is finished with multicolor stain that has black, bluish and tan shades that goes well with the room’s gray walls,” says Goldman. The dated brick fireplace surround was replaced with recycled glass-and-porcelain tile. Low-maintenance porcelain tiles in various sizes were also used in the adjacent bathroom, where a rectangular vessel sink is perched on a floating vanity fabricated out of Greenlam, a laminated material made from recycled paper.“It’s really important that we live in spaces that nurture us,” says Goldman. “The house completely does that for the homeowner. It’s comfortable, soft and interesting. It’s her palette, her aesthetic.” In fact, the homeowner finds the space so relaxing and peaceful that she and her husband have relocated from Boston t

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Classic Chic – Cape Cod LIFE Publications

An elegant new beachside community reflects the Cape’s cottage colony legacy.One of Cape Cod’s most striking cultural markers—the beachside cottage colony—was born a century ago. The quirky little communities started as tent sites and slowly evolved over decades, as tents set on platforms before finally becoming simple wood-frame summer cottages. The lifestyle was predictable and breezy, with the same families returning every summer, leaving their winter homes and worries behind.Courtesy of: Alison CaronSome of these old-style cottage communities are still standing, especially in the Mid-Cape area. In our data-driven world, their value is clearer than ever: Open to sun and sea breeze, the clustered cottages represent a simple seasonal lifestyle, where tracked-in sand and wet swimsuits hanging over porch railings are part of the charm.Heritage Sands, located on Nantucket Sound in Dennisport, is the first new oceanfront cottage colony on Cape Cod in 50 years. Taking a page from the original cottage colony history, developer Rob Brennan and his business partner, Mark DeWitt (the property’s former owner), created Heritage Sands to reflect the same pleasing aura.Cottage colonies have a long local history, Brennan says. “Summer was about being in a community,” he says. “Dennisport was the epicenter.” The new Heritage Sands cottages, on eight acres of beachfront, are clustered around green common spaces connected with shell-laden paths.The community’s configuration mimics the old-style colonies, where families bonded, socialized, and grew together, summer after summer, says Douglas Kallfelz, AIA, a principal of Union Studio in Providence, the architectural firm that designed Heritage Sands. When Kallfelz and his business partner, Donald Powers, were approached about the Heritage Sands project, Kallfelz says, first on their to-do list was to see the old existing colonies.“The incredibly dense, waterfront cottage communities are very unique to the Cape,” Kallfelz says. “When we were looking at designs for Heritage Sands, we looked at some and saw what really characterizes these communities. Then we layered on our own thoughts.”Of the 63 cottages planned at Heritage Sands, about half are built. The one-and-a-half-story cottages are arranged in several groupings, with each having its own common green space.  “This creates a sense of identity and space,” Kallfelz says. “We also used those green spaces to bring views of the water back into the depth of the neighborhood.” A swimming pool and central building, due to be completed this summer, form a central “hub” and will help build community, Kallfelz adds. Paths provide beach access to all residents, just as all cottages, depending on their distance from the ocean, have at least a sliver of water view.Courtesy of: Alison CaronClad in gray cedar shingles with white trim, the Heritage Sands cottages reflect classical forms and simple lines, something Kallfelz and Powers were committed to. “Sometimes people forget that the best neighborhoods, the ones we cherish, are made of great solid principles of form, scale, and simple craftsman detailing, the kind that architects used to do,” Kallfelz says. “They can be elegant and beautiful, and still simple.”The interior of the cottages, which range from 900 to 1,350 square feet, are washed in sunlight that filters in through deep windows. A model cottage, with interior design by Angela Hamwey of Mackenzie & Company (formerly mackenzie & mae) in Hyannis, shows the potential for creating upscale, but simple relaxed spaces. Fabrics and finishes are presented in eye-pleasing natural shades, set off by simple furnishings that have a touch of soft luxury. Homeowners choose their custom interior finishes when they buy the property, Brennan says.The cottages start as modular structures and are designed to withstand storms, with steel straps bolting the homes onto foundations, Brennan says. Windows also are designed to withstand hurricane winds. Since it lies in Dennis’s seasonal resort district, cottage owners can use their cottages April 1 to Oct. 31, and four days a month in the off-season months.The Heritage Sands property originally was Grindell’s Ocean view, a worn recreational-vehicle park that held almost 150 RVs and 15 cottages. Brennan and DeWitt oversaw the construction of a new, more environmental wastewater system for Heritage Sands. They also backed off a sensitive sand dune, revegetated parts of the property, and had concrete slabs removed, all positive changes for the sensitive coastal area.The first cottage colonies far precede today’s world of planned communities and environmental sensibilities. Phyllis Horton of Dennisport, a 12th generation Cape Codder, remembers riding her bike from her Main Street home to the beachside cottage colonies that peppered her area’s beach line when she was a child. She recalls how the colonies evolved from campsites to platform tents, and, finally to simple cottages that were placed in no p

Source: Classic Chic – Cape Cod LIFE Publications