Wednesday, August 12, 2009

While I'm Away - Rewind to Last Summer

While I am away here is one of my most popular posts from last summer! Enjoy!
Here is a spectacular house in Cotuit, Massachusetts on Cape Cod that is listed for sale. Cotuit is a small village in located on a peninsula on the south side of Barnstable about midway between Falmouth and Hyannis. The house was designed by the renowned designer Fritz Kreiger. For three years craftsmen worked on his vision to create this spectacular residence. He incorporated many antique elements such as doors, columns, and windows into the design. The home is being sold fully furnished with the finest collection of antiques and appointments. All photos are from Sotheby's. The main house has 12 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 6 full baths and 2 half baths with over 7,928 sq. ft. It sits on over 7 and a half acres. It also has a guest house on the property.

Notice the main house with it sweeping lawn, lovely porches and cedar shingle roof. The quintessential beach house!

The living room and dining room have many antique architectural elements incorporated in their design. Notice the columns. The chandeliers were all imported from Paris.
The kitchen features a professional eight burner Parisian stove and a two story breakfast area with a dramatic wall of whitewashed Boston brick. Notice the post and beams built in with the whitewashed brick. It is difficult to tell for sure, but it looks like a slate or soapstone counter. I love the antique mirror over the fireplace and vintage wooden doors. These rooms also include chandeliers from Paris. I love the whitewashed wooden ceiling and railings in the top photo.
The spectacular Library features unparallelled craftsmanship. Notice the work over the fireplace and again the chandelier from Paris.
The Master bedroom has an incredible arched ceiling, wood paneling and built in bed. The effect is similar to the main sleeping cabin of a luxury yacht. The wood has been slightly distressed and whitwashed. Chandeliers again from Paris. Here is a close up picture of the French doors.
The master bath is magnificent with glass etched doors reminiscent of Lalique styling. Notice the white marble floors with the dark wood. Stunning!
Architectural splendor! The circular staircase with hand forged iron railing brings you up the turret to the guest house.
The Guest House is a charming retreat. Whitewashed beams, painted furniture , iron beds and a blue and white color scheme are lovely.

No beach house is complete with out a pool area. This seems to be an area with out the same level of thought and planing. I do not care for the fence.

The final view through a small window in the upstairs of the house shows the water and the pool perched above. It is hard to believe this house is new construction. Makes me hopeful that wonderful building craftsmen still exist in America.

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