A Traditional Cape Gets a Contemporary Makeover

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When our clients were ready to move their growing family from their Somerville condo, they began looking for the perfect single family home. After two years of searching, they decided to change their thinking. They would buy a house that had potential and transform it into the house they loved.

The couple bought a pre-1930s Cape in Winchester. The small rooms and heavy paneling fit neither their lifestyle nor their design aesthetic, but the yard and location were enticing. Our clients immediately started interviewing contractors and design/build firms. In Spring 2015, they signed with Morse Constructions. Our client says “Paul was the only one who really seemed excited by our vision. We felt we could trust him and he truly listened to what we wanted.”

Our clients envisioned an open, airy, contemporary floorplan with an updated kitchen, additional baths, a master suite, mudroom and first floor laundry – all within the same footprint as the original home. “We have lived in the Boston area for 13 years but our design tastes are definitely not traditional New England,” comments our client.

We brought in architect Tom Downer of Downer Associates in Cambridge to develop a design that met all of our client’s needs within their budget, and without enlarging the existing home. According to Tom, “It’s a very efficient process to work with Morse because we work as a team. Morse estimates construction costs as we go so we know we are proposing designs that are financially feasible.”

Our clients moved into their Winchester home a little more than one year after they closed on their purchase. “We couldn’t be happier with our decision to renovate,” says our client. “Throughout the project, Paul and his team kept our priorities in mind. The result reflects our vision and our lifestyle perfectly.”

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