place to enjoy a little privacy in between gatherings at the bigger house.
The original cottage, uninsulated and strictly for summer, will
no doubt someday be the favorite haunt of grandchildren to come.
Upstairs, the four cramped bedrooms have become two. Downstairs, a
red refrigerator with a curved top, orange wooden kitchen chairs of all
shapes and sizes, and a floor painted pool blue complete the felicitous
counterpart to the white-on-white palette in the other cottages. Its old
kitchen, now open to the courtyard, has been converted into a party
pavilion, where a bartender can set up shop for outdoor gatherings.
Krueger, who is also a landscape architect, judiciously placed a
tree to block the view of (and from) neighbors and turned a small field
of weeds into a meadow of native grasses that gets mowed only twice
a year. He also replaced an 80-step wooden stairway that dropped
straight to the beach with one that has switchbacks and built-in
benches to ease the descent.
The couple credit Krueger for executing their vision so beautifully, while Krueger credits builder Eric Winslow of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, who over the course of 30 years has constructed 17 other
houses for him.
“It’s great, isn’t it?” Corkin rhetorically asks a visitor who is
wowed by the expansive view from the great room.
It sure is.
Steve Corkin and Dan Maddalena knew they
wanted to paint their cottage interiors white, but
getting to the right white took some doing. “We
sampled a million,” Maddalena says. Then, after
finally settling on one, they came back from an
outing to find the great room in the main cottage
half-painted and “looking like plastic,” according to
Corkin. “It was too white,” he says. “It had a lot of
blue in it.”
They had plenty of help rechoosing: They just
went to nearby Provincetown. “It’s the only place
where you can drive down the street, see three
friends, open your window, and ask what’s your
favorite white?” says Corkin. “They can tell you not
only the brand but the number.” In the end, they
chose Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC- 17).
Yes, but Which Great White Way?
in the master bath, the indoor shower connects to its outdoor counterpart
through a glass door (above right). In the master bedroom’s walk-in closet
(above left), a painting by Cape artist Robert Beauchamp hangs above a chest
of drawers with nautical-theme pulls from Archeology. The master
bathroom’s capacious sinks (facing page, bottom) give both Corkin and
Maddalena plenty of elbowroom. From the one-room guest cottage (facing
page, top), friends and family wake to a view of the sea.
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