T. S. MANN LUMBER CO.
Fir & Cedar Timbers
Cedar Shakes & Shingles
Boards & Beams
Millstones & Granite
see-through steel railings separate the loft
seating area above the kitchen and adjacent
hallway from the living room below. A raised
counter with a green-granite top creates an
eating bar for the kitchen.
arched motif for windows, doors, and even
Elsewhere, the choice of flooring and
counter materials blends five kinds of natural stone, plus stained rock maple in two
hues. The muted browns and grays play off
the abundance of sun streaming in, especially
at sunset, when the western
exposure floods the house with
amber light. A focal point of the
open-plan living area is a tinted
concrete hearth, embedded with 500 pounds
of crushed mirror and polished to a satin finish.
As the light or the observer moves, the surface
seems to twinkle.
Outside, that same eye to clean lines,
low maintenance, and durability guided
the selection of materials. Factory-colored
cement-and-fiber clapboards, Azek trim, and
Correct Deck decking make for a house to
play in, not work on. “A power washing in the
spring does the trick,” says Dennis.
After nearly three years in the house,
all promised is delivered. Whenever the kids
and grandkids come to visit, there is lots of
cooking and conversation and the pool and
ping-pong balls — not tennis balls — are in
motion. “And no one has to drive all the way
to the Cape,” says Kessel.