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decks off the master bedroom and children’s rooms,
a large deck off the rear, and a semicircular screened
porch. “The conservation commission restricted us to
three bedrooms,” says Jones, “so we have the master
bedroom, a bedroom for the boy, and one large bed-
room that the four girls are sharing.”
For the girls’ bathroom, interior designer Carla
Klapper, Carla Home Production, Scarsdale, N.Y.,
designed a double shower and a three-bowl vanity
with a floating countertop. The boy’s room has a loft
with a ship’s ladder.
The traditional Cape Cod exterior contrasts sharply
with the contemporary interior. The open staircase
and white-painted oak floors and walls have mini-
mal trim. There are no upper wall cabinets in the
kitchen; instead, dishes are stacked on open shelves
that are 12 inches deep, illuminated from under-
neath with LED lighting.
Despite snowstorms, ice, and parking issues, the
project was finished in nine months (including
the demolition of the existing house). The client’s
mother, who lives across the street, was remodeling
her home, but Cataldo avoided unnecessary chaos
by coordinating crews and deliveries with the other
builder. More important, he planned out every detail.
“Communication between the office and the field
and between the office and the client had to be
seamless,” says Jones.
The clients wanted to move in by July 4. They told
Cataldo he could have the entire summer to complete
punchlist items. “But we finished the house two
weeks early, which they were all very happy about,”
he says.
Retirement Retreats
The family enjoys spending time in the semicircular
screened porch, which has a fireplace andTV. The
clients’ mother and father live across the street; their
home is visible from the porch.The rear deck offers
panoramic views of the beach, marshland, and water.
Entertaining is facilitated by an outdoor kitchen with
a pizza oven. His-and-hers outdoor shower stalls are
built into the mahogany and cedar deck framing.
To anchor the white-on-white kitchen, interior
designer Carla Klapper selected walnut furniture with
a dark stain. Soft blues and greens, including an aqua-
colored glass backsplash, accent the white kitchen.
Open shelves were used in lieu of upper cabinets.
Solid-surface countertops were chosen over “fussy
marble” for practicality, Klapper says.
During the summer, a tutor keeps the children up to speed on their studies in this office with
its three computer workstations. Dad can also catch up on work here, closing the glass slid-
ing doors for privacy. Decorative shiplap cladding covers the walls in the office and stair hall.