US Home and Architectural Trends US Home & Architectural Trends Vol. 29/11 - Page 96

Preceding pages: This Cape Cod-style residence was built in 1768, with the twin gables added 100 years later. A room was added to the left of the front door in the 1960s. The latest remodel adds a level above that. Above: The new dining area features chairs by Robert Allen. The herringbone floors are American walnut. Facing page: Previously the den, the breakfast room features the original fireplace and mantel woodwork. 94 It is often the graceful exteriors, with their attractive symmetry and detailing, that appeal most to the owner of a classic home. However, while traditional looks are celebrated with roof tiles, windows, gables and sidings, concessions to modern living are likely required indoors. This gracious home, which has been expanded and remodeled by interior designer and owner Patricia Finn-Martens, has a long, colorful past – it was built in 1768 for a sea captain who was subsequently lost at sea. Over the years, the modest Cape Cod-style home has been extended from its core form, more renovations at with new wings introduced on either side and Gothic gables added to the roof. In 1991, the house was moved back from its street-front location, which at time of building was just a meandering lane, says Finn-Martens. At this point, a garage was tucked in under one wing and a deck added. “My first step in this remodel was to build a new master bedroom over the single-story room added in the 1960s. We matched all sidings, window treatments and roof shingles to the existing exterior elements, except for a bay window that is of its own style. This faces the