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Cottage on the Cape Idea House, Sep/Oct 2020

2020 – Cottage on the Cape Idea House

Welcome to our Cottage on the Cape, a classic shingle-style home in Eastham, MA on scenic Cape Cod. Designed by award-winning Union Studio Architecture & Community Design, built by the region’s leading custom home builders at Cape Associates, and featuring the design-savvy of Denise Enright Interior Design, this home features a comfortable, company-friendly floor plan; welcoming front porch; an upstairs master with en suite bath; guest bed and bath; sleeping loft for four; a finished basement; generous outdoor entertaining spaces; a maker’s workshop; and an in-law apartment.


Sierra Pacific Windows

Schluter Systems

SBC Cedar


Progress Lighting

Progress Lighting



Mitsubishi Electric

Lush Decor

Lifespan Solid Select


House of Antique Hardware

Gorilla Glue



The BILCO Company


All Weather Armour


Baird Brothers

Stayci Fast

Founder & Creative Director, New England Staging & Interiors

Denise Enright

Interior Designer, Denise Enright Interior Design

Christina Carlson

Project Architect, Union Studio Architecture & Community Design

Robin Decoteau

Designer, Cape Associates

Josh Piper

Senior Project Manager, Cape Associates

Abigail Chapman

Project Manager, Cape Associates

Matt Cole

President & CEO, Cape Associates

Cedar siding installation at the Idea House: The Cottage on the Cape

Watch This Quick & Easy Shingle Siding Installation

For our 2020 Idea House: the Cottage on the Cape, we chose our white cedar shingles factory-finished in a rich Atlantic Blue to save time and labor. We captured the full installation in this amazing time-lapse video!

Catching Up at the 2020 Idea House: Cottage on the Cape

We are inching ever closer to completing our This Old House 2020 Idea House in Cape Cod, Mass. Here’s a peek at our progress.

Installing heated flooring in a bathroom.

Idea House Build: Prepping for a Warm Tile Floor | Cottage on the Cape (E5)

A heat system is installed in the bathroom floors for extra comfort, and Matt explains the plan to heat and cool the entire home with both efficiency and visual appeal in mind. Outside, the entryway to the ADU gets completed.

Installing windows

Idea House Build: All Dried In on the Cape | Cottage on the Cape (E3)

The window and door trim is preassembled in a shop, then shipped to the Idea House site. A large casement window gets installed, then trimmed with the preassembled unit. Meanwhile, the roof system goes down, one layer at a time.