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Warm and inviting beach house nestled seaside in Provincetown

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This 2,456 square foot inviting beach house is designed by Peter McDonald Architect, located on the water in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Typical of many West End houses in the region, this early 20th century home on the water is situated on a tight lot in a Historic district. Prior to the renovation of this home, the interior was separated into several small rooms with low ceilings. The kitchen and bathrooms were very dated. Additionally, there were structural issues — the majority of the second level was under-framed and sagging.

On the walk-out basement level, the low ceiling height resulted in a dark and dingy space. The homeowners commissioned the architects to open up the floor plan, maximize views of the water while bringing in natural light, and make the basement level livable. When the architects begun this renovation project, they were restricted by the Historic Commission to keep the front and side elevations similar to what already existed. However, they were able to push an addition off  the back of the home by 10 feet. This enabled more extensive decking overlooking the water.

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The architects preserved the existing window and shutter style and extended the cedar hipped roof with exposed rafter tails. The basement slab and basement level deck were lowered a foot which helped to make the lower walk out space airy, livable, and more connected to the outside. A project engineer designed a new structure to support the second floor.

This minimized the thickness of the floor, which was done through a series of steel beams. This enabled the living room ceilings to be higher, while maximize the amount of water-side glazing. Integral to the design, was to unify the home to the incredible views of Provincetown Harbor and beyond, with its ever-changing light, tide, and wildlife.

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What We Love: This inviting beach house showcases tranquil views to the water throughout the main living spaces and the master bedroom. We are loving the expansive deck for relaxing and enjoying the peaceful surroundings. It is also ideal for entertaining family and friends in style. Cozy and comfortable living spaces offers a beach chic vibe that is perfect for this home’s setting.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the renovation of this beach house. Do you think the architects were successful in creating an inviting design? Let us know in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at another fabulous home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architect’s of this project, Peter McDonald Architect: Saltbox home features nautical-inspired elements in Cape Cod.

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Photos: Brian VanderBrink

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