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First Floor Tour | 2020 Cottage on the Cape

Take a tour of the open and inviting first floor of the TOH 2020 Cottage on the Cape.

Cottage on the Cape, Benjamin Moore, Progress Lighting, Sep/Oct 2020 Jared Kuzia

“When you think flexibility, you think open,” says architect Joel VanderWeele, one of the original Side Hustle House’s designers. With the exception of an attached mudroom entry and powder room, the first floor of the main house is one open space that includes the living area, dining area and kitchen. Smart design makes each space work together, and apart.

Casual Entrance

Cottage on the Cape, Benjamin Moore, Mudroom Jared Kuzia

A mudroom with an adjacent powder room provides a casual entry on the side of the house.

Wall paint: Williamsburg Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore; Entry door: Sierra Pacific; Ceiling fixture: Progress Lighting; Floor tile: AKDO; Rug: Annie Selke

Cottage on the Cape, Idea House 2020, First Floor Lukas Scott

Bright blue walls in the mudroom guarantee visitors a cheery arrival.

Wall paint: Williamsburg Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore

Cottage on the Cape, Idea House 2020, First Floor Jared Kuzia

A poplar two-panel door leads from the mudroom to the workshop beyond.

Door: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods; Hardware: House of Antique Hardware

Efficient Cook Spaces

Cottage on the Cape, Benjamin Moore, Kitchen Jared Kuzia

The 3-by-8-foot island has a quartzite top with a rich, easy-care leather finish. Perimeter countertops and backsplash are polished quartzite. The touchless smart faucet is voice activated. Custom alder cabinets feature inset drawers and a silvery driftwood finish. A door on the left leads to the ADU. Nine-foot ceilings help the compact first floor feel more spacious.

Wall paint: Bone Black by Benjamin Moore; Kitchen cabinetry: Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry; Lighting: Progress Lighting; Refrigerator: Café Appliances; Undercabinet and toekick lighting: Häfele; Countertops: Global Marble & Granite; Island counter stools: Courtesy of New England Staging

Cottage on the Cape, Idea House 2020, First Floor Jared Kuzia

In the kitchen, frosted-glass upper cabinet doors fold up and out of the way for access to serving ware.

Lift doors: Häfele; Cabinetry: Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry

Cottage on the Cape, Idea House 2020, First Floor Jared Kuzia

Drawers in the custom cabinetry feature handy dividers and organizers.

Drawer inserts: Häfele; Cabinetry: Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry

Cottage on the Cape, Idea House 2020, First Floor Jared Kuzia

The kitchen’s easy-care quartzite countertops have a fingerprint-resistant leather finish; custom cabinets are stained in a silvery wood tone.

Kitchen cabinetry: Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry; Appliances: Refrigerator, Range by Café Appliances; Lighting: Progress Lighting; Range hood: Panasonic; Countertops: Global Marble & Granite; Island counter stools: Courtesy of New England Staging

High-Design Fixtures

Cottage on the Cape, Idea House 2020, First Floor Jared Kuzia

The smart faucet in the main kitchen is voice-activated and can dispense water in whatever amount is needed, from a tablespoon to a gallon.

Shown: Faucet: Moen; Countertop: Global Marble & Granite

Cottage on the Cape, Idea House 2020, First Floor Jared Kuzia

In this compact kitchen, the distance between countertops varies from 4 feet between the island and the range, and 38 inches between the end of the island and the perimeter countertop.

Dishwasher: Cafe Appliances; Runner: Annie Selke; Countertops: Global Marble & Granite; Windows: Sierra Pacific; Lighting: Progress Lighting

Cottage on the Cape, Idea House 2020, First Floor Claudia Jepsen

Both the induction/convection oven and the French door refrigerator have a contemporary reflective-glass finish. The vent hood above features ultra-quiet operation.

Range: Cafe Appliances; Range hood (not shown): Panasonic

Small Space, Big Feel

Cottage on the Cape, Benjamin Moore, Progress Lighting Jared Kuzia

The custom TV cabinet on the right side of this photo does triple duty: As a partition wall, it separates the living and dining areas, and, with a cantilevered bench on the dining room side, it provides seating at the table. Equipped with a hinged top panel and lift mechanism, it also conceals the TV.

Wall paint: Bone Black by Benjamin Moore; Lighting: Progress Lighting; Sliding doors: Sierra Pacific; Flooring: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods; Pillows, window panels: Annie Selke; TV Cabinet/Banquette: Custom built by Cape Associates; Lift Mechanism, Lighting, and Hardware by Häfele

Cottage on the Cape, Idea House 2020, First Floor, Sep/Oct 2020 Jared Kuzia

A motorized lift raises and lowers a TV hidden inside the custom room divider.

TV Cabinet/Banquette: Custom built by Cape Associates; Lift Mechanism, Lighting, and Hardware by Häfele

Cottage on the Cape, Benjamin Moore, Living Room Jared Kuzia

On the main floor, interior designer Denise Enright specified black window frames for a contemporary look that’s softened by the muted gray of the walls.

Wall Paint: Bone Black (walls); Harwood Putty (nickel gap) by Benjamin Moore; Stain (coat closet door): Varathane; Interior doors, flooring: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods; Windows, entry door: Sierra Pacific; Lighting: Progress Lighting; Door hardware: House of Antique Hardware; Rugs, pillows, throws, window panels: Annie Selke;

Nickel-Gap Stairwell

Cottage on the Cape, Idea House 2020, First Floor Jared Kuzia

Walls with a nickel-gap look pair with a beachy striped runner to give the main stairway a breezy cottage feel.

Paint: Harwood Putty (nickel gap) by Benjamin Moore; Stair runner: Annie Selke; Stair parts courtesy of Mid-Cape Home Center and BROSCO