Tradition Meets Modern Design in Chatham, MA


This Chatham home balances traditional design  with modern style and conveniences. Designed by Estes/Twombly Architects, the home features 2,400 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths.  Being moderate in scale allows the home to blend with the neighborhood, but step inside and all thoughts of moderation fade away into the light spaciousness of the entry and main living area.

Key features of the home include maple floors and pine ceiling finished with a matte poly coating on the interior and clear white cedar vertical boarding with 2 coats of bleaching oil on the exterior.  Other highlights include a pizza oven integrated into the fireplace chimney, a standing-seam metal roof and a greenhouse situated off of the kitchen.  The architect had a clear concept for this home so choosing the colors and materials was inspiring but also somewhat challenging. Hank Rudisill, Rhode Island based interior designer, sat with us to talk about the project:

“It involved a great deal of team work. The specifications originally called for the ceilings in the great room and entry hallway to be painted, but together (with Estes/Twombly and Cape Associates) we decided to use a flat stain for added warmth. We went with a mid-tone color to create a balance between the dark granite and fir counter surfaces and the light maple flooring.  Since the stain was light we then needed to also alter the material, originally a shiplap poplar which would not hold a stain well and generally reveals grain and imperfections. Finding the clear pine boards was a challenge, but once we did it was perfect.  The ceilings are a fine example of the mix between the modern and traditional design elements that make this a modern cottage.”

The greenhouse roof boasts salvaged materials from the previous home that was on the property and the wall of glass french doors extend the main living area out onto the deck and manicured landscape.

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Executive Oversight: Mark Kinnane
Project Manager: Allen Furman/April Ducott
Foreman: Aaron Hayes
Architect: Estes/Twombly Architects, Inc.
Interior Designer: Hank Rudisill, Painted Acre

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