In 1993, looking for a dramatic lifestyle change, a New York graphic designer knew he and his family required certain features in the Cape Cod home they would choose for their new life. None of the houses they visited met those specific needs, but when they looked at this Marstons Mills home, they knew it was where they would resettle and raise their family, despite its lacking of “must haves.” It required a living room that would accommodate the palace-size oriental carpet of his wife’s grandmother. It must have a separate office with its own entrance, large enough to contain all of the equipment and paper files found in a graphic design office at that time. Also, they needed central air conditioning for their computers and many musical instruments. An outdoor shower was a necessity to reduce the amount of sand coming into the house. It had none of these. What it did have though were three very large bedrooms upstairs, including a master with ensuite bath, upstairs and downstairs. It did have a spacious, eat in kitchen, a formal dining room, almost an acre of property, 3.5 baths, plus a small office off of the laundry room.
They knew that their summers would be filled with out of town guests and in order to entertain these guests easily, a lot of square footage was required. With an enormous attic and basement, and a two car garage, the potential for creating even more livable space was there.
Fortunately the builder/owner was able to reassure them that if they loved the house, he could make their “must haves” a reality. The living room was extended to become nearly 36 feet long, with one entire wall a bank of paned glass and door to the outside. This room became their music room, where rehearsals, practicing, as well as small informal concerts took place. Large enough to easily accommodate a concert grand piano, a small band for a teen’s party, multiple large tables for a brunch, the living room became the hub of this family’s activities.
Undaunted by the buyers’ requirements, the builder decided the office would go over the existing two-car garage, affording both a private exterior entrance as well as access through the second upstairs bedroom. As an added inducement for the prospective buyer, the builder included a half bath within the office space. The result is a large room with built in closets, flat file drawers, and separate heating and cooling. Additional storage was included in an “under the eaves” walk through space. Should the new owner decide not to use this as office space, this room is easily transformed into an additional bedroom or guest quarters.
Central air conditioning was not a problem either since the ductwork was already in place, and an outdoor shower could be tucked easily under the new exterior stairs leading to the office. And, best of all, the work could be completed before the closing date. An offer was made and accepted, and work began. By closing, the customized Cape Cod home was ready for its new owners.
- County: Barnstable (Cape Cod)
- Town: Barnstable
- Address: 54 Winding Cove Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648
- Rooms: 9
- Bedrooms: 4
- Baths: 3 full, 2 half
- Style: Contemporary Colonial
- Year Built: 1988
- Garage: 2 car attached
- Fenced-in backyard with access for boat and trailer
- Heating: 2 Zone Heat, Natural Gas, Hot Air (new furnace 2015)
- New Gas Water Heater, 40 gallons, High Efficiency
- Cooling: 2 Zone Central AC
- Basement: Bulkhead Access, Full, 1 finished room
- Approx. Living Area: 4,400 sq. ft.
- Tax: $6,539 Tax Year: 2017
- Price: Sold
- Listed with Joe Cosgrove at William Raveis Real Estate – Cape Cod
Central Vacuum, Outdoor Shower, Large Office/Bonus Room with Separate and Interior Entrance, Fenced-in Back Yard, Upper Deck off Master Bedroom,
Lower Deck with Screened in Gazebo off Kitchen and Family Room, Wood-Burning Fireplace, 2 Master Suites, First Floor Laundry, Full Attic with Pull-down Stairs.
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