A Polished Retreat on Cape Cod
By Elizabeth Stamp
Hutker Architects creates a versatile Shingle Style beach house that blends island tradition and contemporary art.
Hutker Architects collaborated with decorator Richard Hallberg and C. H. Newton Builders to create a Cape Cod getaway for a Boston philanthropist. The ceiling of the airy living room is enhanced by reclaimed timber that draws the eye to the view of Buzzards Bay. Hallberg furnished the space with custom-made sectionals covered in Holly Hunt Great Outdoors fabric, and a center table by Formations, which is paired with Cappellini chairs. A quartet of John Baldessari prints are displayed on the far right wall.
The vaulted sunporch is nestled into the landscape and has awning windows on all sides. “It feels like you’re outside when these windows are open,” says Jim Cappuccino of Hutker Architects. The sectional and cocktail tables are by Hallberg, the chair is by Kettal, and the rug is by Paola Lenti.
An encaustic painting by Martin Kline is displayed above the two-sided fireplace in the light-filled dining room, where tables by Hallberg are surrounded by Paola Lenti. The limestone floors are by Exquisite Surfaces, and the walls are painted in a custom Benjamin Moore shade.
The eat-in kitchen, which is equipped with a Wolf range and Rangecraft hood, opens to a cutting garden. The custom-made island is sheathed in limestone by Exquisite Surfaces, and the barstools are by Janus et Cie.
Cappuccino sees the deck as an extension of the interior spaces. “The home’s floors are stained to match the naturally weathered decking,” he says. “It gives a feeling of continuity and an inside-outside connection.” The outdoor seating is by Kettal, and the cocktail tables are by Crate and Barrel.
In the pool area, the curving stone wall created with Horiuchi & Solien Landscape Architects references the shape of the nearby salt pond. A sculpture by Anthony Caro is displayed on the lawn, and umbrellas by Santa Barbara Umbrella shade chaise lounges by Kettal.
In the daughter’s bedroom, Hutker Architects and Hallberg created a custom bed with a built-in writing desk and shelving. “It’s low enough that when you’re seated you can still see the view,” says Cappuccino. The window seat’s cushions and pillows are covered in a Holly Hunt fabric, the desk chair is by CB2, and the painting is by James Nares.
“The bay window in the master bath creates a niche for the soaking tub and affords 180-degree views,” says Cappuccino. A custom-made mother-of-pearl–framed mirror hangs above a limestone vanity; the bathtub is by Wetstyle, and the tub filler and sink fittings are by WaterDecor.
Vintage Ethiopian Dorze ceremonial hats and works by artist Bailey Bob Bailey are displayed in a guest room. The window seat, which is accented with Moroccan fabric–covered pillows, was built into the dormer of the roof. In the son’s bath, the vanity mirror is on barn door track hardware. “It’s a clever way to keep the view and the light,” says Cappuccino.