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Saltbox home features nautical-inspired elements in Cape Cod

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Peter McDonald Architect is responsible for renovating and expanding this simple saltbox home located in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Encompassing 2,900 square feet of living, this beautiful home is used to host vacation gathering with family and friends. Called the ‘Marsh House’, this property was renovated over the course of several years, undergoing several design phases to accomplish the architect/homeowner’s vision. Living spaces reflect an elegant study in barefoot simplicity.

The new design allows every room in this home to better connect to the natural beauty that surrounds it. The interior renovation includes a brand new kitchen, living room bump out, dining room, screen porch, master suite, baths, and utility.  Raised ceilings create a sense of volume in formerly low-slung spaces. The floor plan maximizes light and views while deriving space efficiency and materials inspiration from New England boat-building traditions.

Project Team: Architect: Peter McDonald Architect | Builder: Wilkins Construction | Interior Design: Lisa Tharp Design | Landscape Architect: Landscape Design by Phil Cheney

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What We Love: This beautiful saltbox home has been completely reconfigured to allow for an improved living spaces that enhances an indoor-outdoor connection. Small rooms were opened up and modernized to cater to the lifestyle needs of this home’s inhabitants. The vision for a relaxing home to host gatherings has come to life and we think the overall finished design is brilliant… not to mention inviting!

Tell Us: What to you think of the overall results of this renovation project? Is there any details you would like to have seen done differently? Please share your feedback in the Comments!

Note: Be sure to check out another saltbox home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign: A modern twist on a traditional Saltbox design on Lake Minnetonka.

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Above: The custom yacht counter chairs in leather and oiled walnut are commissions from Richard Wrightman, a brilliant furniture studio. Above the island are sailboat mast inspired pendant lights.

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Above: The kitchen countertops are crafted from teak, holly boat decking on the perimeter and modern Neolith for the island. Furniture-style cabinetry hides all the appliances, with the exception of the stunning La Cornue range. The floors are a beautiful reclaimed heart pine from Longleaf Lumber. The vintage swim photography above the range is from the store Coastal on Nantucket. Paint color is Farrow & Ball- Pointing. 

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Above: The wall sconce in the kitchen is available through the trade from Go Home Ltd.

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Above: The Living Room’s new window alcove is the length of two twin beds — plenty of space for lounging and extra overnight guests. A fireplace makeover includes a new stone surround and wall planking that runs in two directions to add the illusion of height. Paint color on the walls is Farrow & Ball – Pointing.

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Above: The beautiful console table is the Turned Leg Ismail Console from Noir Furniture.

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Above: The painting in the hallway is an original painting by Jim Holland, represented by Powers Gallery.

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Above: A built-in window seat features a custom fabricated French Mattress.

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Above: Velvet wing chairs flank a violin maker’s table in the Dining Room. The other chairs feature custom slip covers in a Belgian linen. The chandelier is by Jeffrey Alan Marks for Palacek.

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Above: Formerly the garage, the new Master Suite includes a sitting area, dressing hall and bathroom. The custom Mariner canopy bed, from the Lisa Tharp Collection, evokes large dock cleats.

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Above: Reclaimed windows were repurposed into massive sliding doors, leading from the bedroom into the closet. A 10′ apothecary chest anchors the dressing hall that leads into the master bedroom. Drapery rod is from Antique Drapery Rod.

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Above: In the bathroom, the floor tile is a beautiful rich black: Provenza Lignes in color Karu.

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Above: The master bathroom layout was reworked to create connected indoor/outdoor showers — the ultimate luxury for communing with nature. Waterproof plaster clads the shower. Coney Island boardwalk planks have new life as vanity countertops and shower floors. They are finished with marine varnish to withstand water and weather. The other flooring is Ipe hardwood.

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Above: This exposed plumbing is from Barber Wilsons & Co.

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Above: A mid-century wicker settee joins Mariner club chairs in the children’s loft. Vintage book pages line the daybed alcove wall.

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Above: A brand new Screen Porch is designed for relaxing and entertaining in style.

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Above: The guest bedroom is all textures, wrapped in navy grasscloth.

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Above: Floor tile in a hall bathroom mimics a striped beach blanket.

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Above: Vintage numbered canoe chairs double as laundry shelving.

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Above: A French fishing basket light floats above a custom concrete trough sink in the pool bath. 

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Above: The flooring in the entryway is the Nero Maquina stone floor from Paris Ceramics. The window manufacturer throughout this home is Andersen Window Company.

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Photos: Michael J Lee

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Teri Tobey

Love love the bar stools. Where can we find them?