A fabulous house in a fabulous location can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, you know exactly where you'll be spending your spare time. On the other, so do a lot of your friends and relatives.
Faced with just this situation, Marilyn and Brian Thompson, owners of a home just steps from the water on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts, cast a fresh eye on a dilapidated garage hovering behind their Victorian-era house. While previously it had screamed "teardown," it now sang "potential guest suite."Shown:
Cedar shingles cured by the salt air, window brackets borrowed from the 1880s main house, a sunny balcony, and a shady elm give the former garage a storybook look.The entry lights and cast-iron front step are salvaged finds.Architect: Kuhn Riddle Architects
, Amherst, MA; 413-259-1630General contractor (built-ins and balcony): Tom Hague III Building & Remodeling
, Brewster, MA; 508-240-1143Interior and some exterior design:
Elisha Beaman House, Amherst, MA; 413-253-3854Windows and doors: MarvinScreen doors: Vintage WoodworksExterior stain: maibecPaint: Benjamin Moore
's BM 699 Garden Oasis (trim and windoboxes)