Cape Associates To Build This Old House 2020 Idea House in Eastham


12/20/19 Press Release

Cape Associates has recently announced that they are building the This Old House 2020 Idea House. Designed by Union Studio Architecture & Community Design with interior design by Denise Enright Interior Design, the home in Eastham will feature a comfortable floor plan, front porch, upstairs master with en suite bath, reading loft, an in-law apartment (fashioned as an ‘Accessory Dwelling Unit’ or ADU) and more. 

Coined “The Cottage on the Cape” the 2,400-square-foot home will be packed with fresh ideas, innovative products and a layout that provides great flexibility for how the house is used.  Says Claudia Jepsen, This Old House VP Marketing, “We’re honored to be partnering with Union Studio and Cape Associates to show our fans how smart design, clever use of space, and innovative products can pack a whole lot of living in an accessible footprint.”

“Seeing this project come to life here on the Cape will be a lot of fun,” says Matt Cole, President & CEO of Cape Associates. “So many of us have grown up in this business following This Old House. There is an interesting story behind the design for the Idea House and the opportunity to build this with the team at This Old House is a tremendous honor. We hope the project helps bring awareness to the fact that there’s a need for flexible housing here, and that smart design is within reach,” he continues. 

A 24/7 webcam is positioned on site and can be viewed on the This Old House web site to follow along with daily progress.

The original design was the winning submission for Cape Cod Young Professional’s House Design Contest, held in 2017. Organized in partnership with Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS, the contest aimed to create awareness around the need for housing options for young professionals on Cape Cod.  Union Studio’s “Side Hustle House” design won in the 2-bedroom category and sought to address the concern for affordable family-friendly housing while supporting methods of generating income on the side. The home features an option for a locked off in-law apartment (ADU) that can double as expanded living space and a garage that can be used as a creative space. 

Cape Associates purchased rights to the design with the intent to build in Eastham, an area with limited inventory of new construction homes and very few ADU’s .  This Old House came on board in mid-Fall of 2019 and the project is now underway.  Learn more and follow along with the build online at:

A stellar platform for the latest building products and trending décor, The TOH 2020 Idea House on the Cape has already attracted an impressive roster of sponsors including: AdvanTech, Aeratis, Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods, The BILCO Company, Champion Power Equipment, Clopay, Elkay, GAF, Gorilla Glue, Hausera, Kubota, LifeSpan Solid Select, ROCKWOOL, Sakrete, Schluter-Systems, Sierra Pacific Windows, VELUX, Weyerhaeuser, and ZIP System. Additional opportunities are available for Idea House integration and custom content across This Old House’s multimedia platforms. For more information contact Claudia Jepsen at


About Cape Associates, Inc.

Since 1971, Cape Associates has served Cape Cod as one of the region’s largest custom builders—offering custom building, renovations, painting and property management services—focusing on commitment, quality and integrity.

About This Old House Ventures, LLC
This Old House Ventures, LLC, is America’s No. 1 multiplatform home-enthusiast brand, providing trusted information and expert advice through its award-winning television shows, This Old House and Ask This Old House, its highly regarded This Old House magazine, and its inspiration- and information-driven digital properties, including and House.oneThis Old House and Ask This Old House are produced by This Old House Ventures, LLC, and are presented on PBS by WETA Washington, DC. National underwriting for This Old House TV is provided by GMC, The Home Depot, State Farm Insurance Company, Marvin Windows & Doors, Gorilla Glue, HomeAdvisor, Blink, and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation. Established as This Old House Ventures, LLC, the company is headquartered in Stamford, CT, with offices in New York, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Toronto, and Concord, Massachusetts.

About Union Studio Architecture & Community Design
Union Studio was founded in 2001 with the goal of making an impactful civic contribution to communities of all types through exemplary architecture and urban design. The firm served as the architects on the Concord Riverwalk project and received an Honorable Mention from the New England Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for their work on the project. The Union team embraces a traditional, pedestrian-friendly approach to design featuring vibrant, beautiful spaces that help to enrich our communal and civic life. For more information, visit:

About Denise Enright Interior Design

Denise Enright Interior Design has been enhancing the homes of clients in Fairfield County for the past 15 years. Denise all about helping clients create spaces that they look forward to being in and that represent their personal taste and lifestyle.

Andrea Baerenwald, Director of Marketing
Cape Associates, Inc.
Office: 508-255-1770 |Cell: 774-722-9166

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