Architect: Frank Shirley Architects

Contractor: Cape Associates

Engineer: SJG Engineering

Photos: Randy O'Rourke

This modest Cape Cod home sat unchanged for over three decades. The house held sentimental value for our client but they had grown weary of its shortcomings: a lack of natural light, tiny bedrooms and inad­equate access to the landscape. Built in 1974, the greatest constraint was the inferior construction. The roof was framed with spliced 2x4’s, no sheathing existed behind the T1-11 siding, insulation was non-existent and concrete walls extended five feet above grade. Natural light drove the design. We gave the previously unprepossessing facades a strong Cape identity, rooted in the local vernacular. At the first floor, a dreary stair hall was brightened with a new entry door and sidelights. An office was connected with the site via large doors onto a new terrace. At the second floor, two undersized bedrooms were joined to create a master suite. The roof rafters were replaced with efficient man­ufactured trusses and the entire house received spray foam insulation, new sheathing, new sustainable wood floors and a high-efficiency boiler. Today the house remains a modest 1900sf, but is wholly transformed.

Winner of Silver commendation in 2012 Dream Home Awards, Best Exterior Remodel