Cape Cod style has a certain affinity with our east coast Queensland climate – especially the more modern version, with its restrained coastal feel and grand American proportions.
Georgian symmetry, weatherboards, natural stone features and white accents are some of the trademark features of the style, and although the traditional Cape Cod design of colonial America has certainly evolved from its 17th century beginnings, the distinctive characteristics of this style are instantly recognisable and have been embraced in Australian urban design.
Homeowners, Cindy and Glenn wanted to re-create this look with a family home that would boast grand features and all the character of Cindy’s homeland.The couple came across Architect, Harry Poulos’ work in Brisbane – with his distinctive style in line with the Cape Cod aesthetic, they knew that he was the right architect to create their vision.
Right from the outset Harry Poulos Architecture teamed up with interior designers Highgate House, with their signature style marrying perfectly with the Cape Cod brief. Meeting regularly on site for the duration of the 18-month construction process, the client, the architect, the builder and the design team worked cohesively on every facet of this magnificent bespoke home.
“Our clients were so open to ideas and suggestions, and together with Harry Poulos Architects and the team at Highgate House, it was a true collaboration,” says interior designer Leigh Boswell. “It really made the whole process very enjoyable for all concerned. Engaging an inspiring architect and a great design team, right from the beginning, really brought about the cohesive flow and an attention to detail that was consistently achieved throughout.”
The end result is a home that is grand in scale and unequivocally elegant in style. Soaring ceilings and open plan living, teamed with luxurious materials and meticulous attention to detail and finishes, make this award winning home so special.While the home is loaded with refined character and elegance, it is warm, welcoming and liveable family home.
The modern Cape Cod design features vaulted ceilings and arching windows creating spacious, light-filled rooms. Such grand spaces can present a design challenge though, says Leigh.“Proportion and scale are really important elements in furnishing expansive rooms – balancing the scale of the room with generous proportion in the furnishings is essential. Spectacular pendant lighting, sourced from the US, is one essential feature we used throughout the home to bring intimacy and warmth to the large spaces.”
In keeping with the grandeur of the design, the floor to ceiling, double- sided fireplace takes centre stage between the kitchen, living and dining areas. Made from natural stone, this rustic finish is in keeping with the Cape Cod style and complements the exterior stonework detail of the home.
Envisaged by owner Cindy, the kitchen is singularly stunning and crowned with a long dreamt of Falcon dual-oven and cooktop.“We are so happy with our fabulous yet functional kitchen,” says Cindy.The designers at Highgate House worked with Harry Poulos Architects and builders Abri Homes on this award winning kitchen design. Cape Cod features are elegantly evident in the skirting boards, window mouldings and joinery details, including turned posts on the island bench. Cararra marble adorns the island bench top and fabulous ‘tufted’ tiles feature on the splash back.
The dining table and chairs, the clients own, are set beside French doors and arching windows.This area is made more intimate and anchored by a dramatic iron pendant light.The Highgate House designers had the chairs reupholstered in luxurious petrol blue leather, detailed with silver studs.
Poolside, on the terrace, the grand scale of generous furniture continues in very luxurious, yet warmly welcoming style. Durable outdoor fabrics used here are casual and forgiving for a young family living in the Queensland sun.
“The collaboration of talented design experts has brought together the homey warmth and character of my childhood in America and the airy, light filled indoor-outdoor Queensland lifestyle,” says Cindy. An American dream, right at home here in Queensland.
Photography by Steve Ryan of Rix Ryan Photography