June 02, 2023 3 min read

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Building your dream home is a journey that often defies instant gratification. It's a path filled with twists and turns, where doubts may arise, and the destination may seem elusive. However, on the serene shores of Rockport, one dream came to life in a way that surpassed all expectations.

Main Entry Simpson Exterior Door

That was the case for our homeowners on the shores of Rockport. It’s a story like many others, but with exceptional taste and an iron will. This home was one of the traditional small cottages that can still be found on our coast. But it was in desperate need of some work. So they got to drawing up the plans. In the traditional New England style, this home originally was broken up into many smaller rooms, with a fairly low ceiling. That just wouldn’t do. The property is on the Atlantic Ocean, with incredible views of all its power and glory, that view deserved to be the centerpiece of the home. The goal became to make an open concept, and ensure that wherever you were standing, you could marvel at everything the ocean had to offer that day. It was an admirable goal.

Mudroom w/Shiplap Walls

To get the true open concept they wanted tall windows along the ocean facing side of the home. In order to create a sense of space, they needed to open up the ceiling and move a beam. This was the make or break moment for the whole project. It’s a strange sensation to be in the exact moment that will decide the fate of a project. But it happens. Everything came down to this moment. It seemed like everyone and everything was holding their proverbial breath, including the Atlantic.

Design Craft Kitchen Island - Lakeshore Classic

But it worked! They were able to move the beam and open up the ceilings, creating that sense of openness they were looking for. A large bright space to reflect the expansive views that surround the home. 

Marvin Windows Signature

The large island is big enough to seat your friends and family, without losing any work space. While the home relies on an open concept for the overall design, it uses design elements to create different spaces without using walls. The kitchen is open to the living room, which has chairs to block off the seating area without closing it off. A unique feature of this home was how they chose to use the fridge and tall pantry cabinets as a divider. While these are commonly placed on walls to blend into the walls of the space, here it was used to create it’s own sense of a wall. The cabinetry however, does not reach the ceiling, maintaining that sense of bright openness, and keeping the kitchen separate from the mudroom. 

Design Craft Kitchen Cabinetry - Lakeshore Classic

These design elements take time and careful thought. This home is the culmination of a lifetime dream, and it took a lot of careful time and planning to make it all come together. The results were not instant. This home is born from dreams and brought to live with careful design. Now this dream is shared with the waking word. Creating a sense of peace and tranquility for anyone who walks through the door.

Marvin Signature Windows


Marvin Windows - Signature Line


Design Craft
Island: Bella Slab Style Doors, Lakeshore Classic Paint
Perimeter: Potter's Mill Flat Panel Doors, Chaie Latte
Mudroom: Bella Slab Style Doors, Sea Salt Classic Paint

  • Design Craft Kitchen Cabinetry
  • Design Craft Kitchen Cabinetry
  • Design Craft Kitchen Cabinetry
  • Marvin Windows Signature
  • Design Craft Cabinetry with Floating Shelves
  • Marvin Signature Windows

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August 08, 2023

Beautiful renovation. Fabulous view

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