Renovation: Architectural Design + Construction Management
Great Harbors: East Falmouth, MA

Gut & Remodel in a Seaside Community

This 1,000 square foot ranch home built in 1967 was in need of an extreme makeover when we first arrived to meet with the owner who used it as a rental property but was now preparing to retire here. Our plan involved gutting the interior and exterior to expose structural framing and sheathing in order to make modifications necessary to comply with more stringent code requirements.

A major design requirement was to create a well-defined and welcoming front entry which provided the much needed curb appeal to this otherwise understated ranch style home. The reconstructed home has an open and airy feeling to it with the living, dining and kitchen areas sharing a common, cathedral space. Double hung windows, transoms and skylights fill the room with natural light while extending the views beyond the exterior walls giving the perception of a larger space.

The home was designed so that the owner could age-in-place. All doors are 3’ wide to accommodate a wheelchair, if needed. The master shower has a very low threshold for easy access. The kitchen and hall are designed for accessible maneuverability. The front and side entries can be easily modified to accommodate a ramp, if necessary.

This home received a 5 Star+ Home Energy Rating by a certified Home Energy Rater and was recognized by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Cape Cod as the 2014 Best Remodeling/Restoration/Addition between $250,000 and $500,000.


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