Cape Cod Residential Architect, Designer and Custom Home Builder

Deborah Paine, Custom Home Styles and Additions

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  • From the waterside

  • PV panels on roof, mermaid, wave fence + gate – street side

  • A good look at the PV panels on the roof

  • Our typical mechanical set up. Showing tankless Rinnai water heaters...

  • View from the deck. We re-built the lifeguard chair for the owners

  • View through the main floor. Note reclaimed floors and exposed cumaru beams. The walls of the dining alcove are reclaimed boards from wharf piles in Boston Harbor.

  • A view of the stairs to the top floor. Reclaimed wood as stair treads, balustrade, doors to closet and floors...

  • A view of the stairs to the top floor with drawers open.

  • View of the bedroom with a structural red oak tree and actual puzzle pieces on the gable end. Also the reclaimed balustrade and boat bed.

  • Our reclaimed stairs, balustrade and custom rope handrail out of twisted steel.

  • Individual balusters

  • A view from one end to the other

  • Dining room area. It was the intent of the owners to let the steel I beam rust to perfection.

  • Custom tile shower laid out by one of the owners in her living room. She worked with the tile installer to accomplish this wonderful shower.

  • Re-claimed wood doors, re-purposed door handles and see through portholes to the kitchen…



The magazine Cape Cod Home featured this seaside restoration as one of three sustainable homes in an article titled “Green Inspirations” in the spring 2012 issue.
Originally this little land locked and very crooked cottage was 3 apartments when the owners approached us in 2010 to remodel the entire building. When they bought the cottage in 1997 they knew it was only a matter of time before they would remodel. Their hope and vision was to build as green and net zero as possible.

Once we started demolition it became apparent that the frame was so deteriorated that the entire building would have to come down. At that point the clients asked us to store and repurpose as much of the collected salvage from the demolition as possible.

State of the art renewable technology meets re-purposed and re-claimed materials in this wonderful home. It is a certified Energy Star rated home passing all tests with flying colors.

The house now boasts two units, the owners quarters on two floors and a ground floor one bedroom apartment for guests.

All of the flooring on the second floor is reclaimed sheathing from the original house. We also reworked beams for newel posts and guard rails, carpenters donated other materials from their own stashes as well as little decorative objects as part of the decoration within the house. From outhouse type doors on the upstairs bath, to carved sun and moon plaques on either side of the steel beam, two other types of barn board and flooring, to decorative wave fence pickets.. everyone contributed and had lots of fun. We created a compass rose in the waterside deck, at the request of the clients we built a miniature puppy ramp to mimic the existing guard rails and created a mermaid on the side of the building...

The owners inspired us to be as creative, organic, and improvisational as we could be. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of us to contribute to the creation of this unique and beautiful home.

Cape Cod architecture firm, residential designer and custom home builder providing excellence in luxury home construction, remodeling,
renovations, and restorations in Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, and Orleans.