Racing against the clock while ensuring workers’ safety in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, our designers, contractors, and subs pull out all the stops to finish our Cottage on the Cape in record time.
Precision Tile Work
Matt Daniels of s Tile Designs carefully cuts out a square for a shampoo niche in one of the four 4-by-8-foot porcelain panels that will line the master bath shower. The large-format panels reflect a modern trend in easy-care, seamless shower walls – but their installation requires patience, precision, and a delicate touch.
Kitchen Design Decisions
Interior designer Denise Enright and Robin Decoteau, a designer with builder Cape Associates, discuss cabinet designs and finishes at the Cape Associates showroom. Their final choices included a variety of stained wood and laminate styles that fit the home’s “coastal chic” interior.
Workers prepare to install polished quartzite countertops on the perimeter cabinets of the main kitchen. They will also install a matching backsplash of the same material.
Painting an Accent Wall
A coat of eye-catching blue paint turns the accent wall in the ADU’s living area into a bold focal point. What appears to be individual boards are actually MDF panels routed to mimic wood. As the living area wall dries, painting continues apace in the kitchen.
Installing Interior Doors
One by one, interior doors of select solid white oak are fitted with hardware and readied for installation.
Building the Stairs
Cape Associates carpenters install treads and risers to complete the staircase.
Painting The Master Bedroom
In the master bedroom, designer Denise Enright chose a soft-pink hue for the vaulted ceiling that reminded her of the Cape sky at dusk.
Paint: First Light (2102-70) by Benjamin Moore
Painting the Guest Bedroom
For the guest bedroom, Enright opted for a cheerful mix of color to create a “bohemian, beachy” vibe that will coordinate with the rugs and bedding to come.
Finishing the Loft
Jason Smith, cabinet maker with Cape Associates, pauses atop his masterpiece: a sculptural ladder that leads up to a reading loft above the second-floor hallway. The cozy hangout is lit with a solar-powered skylight and equipped with multiple outlets beneath the railings so that everyone gathered there has a place to plug in.
Creating a Cedar Showpiece
A cedar windbreak designed by Denise Enright and Cape Associates’ Mike Bremneour features a starfish cut with a jigsaw and router. Installed on one side of the entry porch, it’s a charming reminder of our project’s Cape Cod heritage.
Stain: Watco Teak Oil + Stain, in Hazelnut
Cape Associates foreman Pete Radke assembles a piece of decorative trim.
Wood Glue: Gorilla Glue
Laying Fresh Sod
Fresh sod creates a lush setting for our gem of a house. The thin-bladed variety of tall fescue we’ve chosen is particularly drought- and traffic-resistant for a lawn that’s as beautiful as it is environmentally sound.
Sod: “Black Beauty” by Sodco
Finishing the Workshop Floor
Ishmael Soares, a painter with J.L. Painting of Peabody, Mass., pauses beside the partially completed epoxy floor in the garage/maker studio. The durable coating will brighten the space and make it easier to keep clean.
Floor coating: Rust-Oleum EPOXYSHIELD (shown in Colonial Blue)
Piecing Together the Patio
Pavers for the back patio are mostly in place. Once completed, a fire pit will be added at the center to create an inviting gathering spot that’s separate from the nearby deck.
Finishing Touches in the Front Yard
Posts are planted to support the traditional white picket fencing that will define the front yard of our Idea House and enhance its cottage cred.
Fencing: Walpole Outdoors