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The ingredients for success in this airy waterfront home? A design team skilled at blending the timeless with the up-to-the-minute and a homeowner who trusts the pros to bring her vision to life. Text by Megan Fulweiler • Photography by Miki Duisterhof • Architecture: John DaSilva, Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders • Interior design: Patricia Hessel and Margaret Farrell, THT Interior Design • Builder: Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders • Landscape designer: Hawk Design • Produced by Karin Lidbeck Brent


You can’t define it. Still, you sense it when it’s happened. There’s an alchemy that makes a house stand out above the rest. It must be the chemistry of the people involved. Mix up a winning brew—a skilled architect, a high-caliber builder, a creative landscape architect and two talented interior designers—and magic is sure to unfold. Add a homeowner with a vision, one who appreciates the team’s insight and efforts, and you’ve got gold. Everybody is happy. The result is not just a fantastic home but one with an air of sweet contentment, a sort of prevailing “Ah! This is how it should be” mood. • On this Barnstable County property, you feel the vibe even as you wind your way along the drive. In the old days, a Cape would have greeted you at the end. But, sadly, time was less than kind to the original building. Down the aged structure had to come, leaving a footprint that could be only minimally expanded, explains architect and design principal John DaSilva of the Chatham-based firm Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders, which is also responsible for the quality construction. • The site—a bluff between a low-lying yard and

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