Building in a Flood Zone – Surf Drive, Falmouth

Home Location – Surf Drive, Falmouth, MA
Currently under construction with a completion date late 2017

This project is a complete teardown/rebuild located directly across from Falmouth’s Surf Drive Beach facing Vineyard Sound. With its many balconies and large windows, each room provides unobstructed sightlines with breathtaking views of Martha’s Vineyard and nearby Nobska Light.

Surf Drive is within a designated FEMA Flood Hazard area which is at a high risk of damaging winds and flooding due to storm surge. To reduce flood insurance costs, this homeowner opted for a raised pier and beam foundation common for homes built in areas prone to earthquakes or hurricane strength winds.

A pier and beam foundation features concrete piers set deep into the ground. A pier and beam foundation does not rest directly on the ground. Instead, it is elevated about 18” above, with utility units for plumbing and electricity installed in this crawlspace.

New home pier and beam foundation n Falmouth, MA

New home pier and beam foundation in Falmouth, MA

Building a home with direct exposure to the open ocean requires the use of materials that tolerate or repel the corrosive effects of saltwater, salt air, gusts of wind, harsh UV rays and a persistent moist environment that quickly breaks down many typical building materials causing mold, corrosion, and decay.

For this home, we used double-coated, pre-stained shingles which offer U.V. protection, are water repellant and mildew resistant. Additional material choices for this home included vinyl windows and composite decking.

We also used a new structural “zip” wall panel system that provides a built-in energy-efficient barrier to keep moisture out by reducing air leakage that can cause moisture damage. These green-colored wall panels create a draft proof system with a perm rating similar to conventional sheathing covered with house wrap.

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Longfellow Design Build Opens New Chatham Showroom

July 2, 2016 For Immediate Release:

There was something other than fireworks to ‘ooh and ahh’ about this summer in Chatham. Longfellow Design Build, one of Cape Cod’s premier home builders, opened a new kitchen and bath design showroom on Main Street just in time for Chatham’s July 4th festivities.

“The opening of our Falmouth showroom in 2013 was met with more enthusiasm and success than we could have ever hoped for,” said Longfellow’s owner, Mark Bogosian. “Working with Cape homeowners over the past few years, we’ve perfected a style we call Casual Elegance. Clients often want to retain the Cape Cod scale and charm, with the addition of carefully chosen high-end finishes, materials, and lifestyle customizations such as a wine cellar or outdoor shower spa.”

“The Chatham showroom was an opportunity for our team to ‘swing for the fences’ with the best work of their careers,” Bogosian said. “We used the most current finishes, materials, fixtures, appliances, and technology available and created a showcase that will inspire homeowners for years. I’m extremely proud.”

Longfellow’s new Chatham showroom features working kitchens and bathrooms, a wet bar, butler’s pantry, custom built in linen cabinets and built in desk areas. Countertops include unique and exciting new materials including Baikal colored, leather finish, quartzite, cold cast zinc, white Carrara premium marble, beige Marinace polished granite, Dekton,
( a sophisticated blend of glass, porcelain, and quartz ) and a gorgeous 2 1/4” black walnut countertop with a marine oil finish. All showroom cabinetry features Longfellow’s own fully custom fine cabinetry featuring furniture grade lumber, dovetail cabinets, and drawers, built in plate-holders, pull out shelves, touch latch/soft close doors and LED lighting.

Longfellow Design Build Chatham also provides a convenient lower cape location for homeowners to meet with architects, designers, and project managers throughout the course of a project. Longfellow Design Build Chatham is open year-round, Monday through Saturday. For a showroom tour or project consultation please contact Lead Designer Mark Barr at 508 945-1710, or stop in during showroom hours.

Mark Bogosian, Owner, 774 255-1709
Mike Ciolino, Marketing Director, 617 332-9588

Best of Both Worlds

In the process of building and remodeling homes on Cape Cod, we see a distinct design style and sensibility emerging from our clients’ choices. Whether they are in Falmouth, Osterville or Chatham, our clients ask for a casual elegance we call “Cape Cod coastal.” If you travel off-Cape, just a mile or two past either bridge, it’s just not the same.

Many of our clients are building or remodeling a second home on Cape Cod—a retreat from the stress of their hectic lives in Greater Boston, Connecticut or New York. “After our youngest went off to college, we regrouped and noticed that our fondest life memories, both from our childhood and as a young family, were on Cape Cod,” says one new homeowner in Pocasset. “And we wanted more of that. We wanted a simpler lifestyle with space to create more memories with our kids and grandkids.” Grandkids are a common theme around here. A few weeks ago we received thank-you notes from all five grandchildr

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en of a homeowner on Bourne’s Matinee Island, who added a dormer with new bedrooms, bunk beds for the kids, an outdoor shower and cupola. “The cupola is my guilty pleasure” she says.

Clients typically want a space that retains the Cape Cod cottage style, scale and charm, with the addition of carefully chosen, high-end features such as a redwood wine cellar and tasting room for a collection of fine wine, customized storage for fishing rods and boating gear, or a one-of-a-kind handmade chandelier.

Longfellow’s owner, Mark Bogosian, defines this approach as “casual elegance.” “By respecting the architectural scale and natural lines of a space, using beautiful materials and finishes that reflect the natural environment and then adding smart, customizations that are in line with the homeowner’s interests and lifestyle, you get a comfortable space that really can elevate your quality of life,” he says.

Cottage Inspired Modern Living Many of the iconic features that we typically attribute to a Cape Cod cottage design were historically used out of a necessity to survive the cold, windy and wet climate. Early Cape Cod homes had a floor plan with one common room used for daily living, cooking and dining. Cape Codders would typically gather around a large stone fireplace that helped conserve heat, while wainscoting and bead board addressed the problem of preventing moisture within interior walls. Large open floor plans with a combined kitchen, dining room and family room are a popular choice today, and nothing evokes a Cape Cod coastal look better than bead board and wainscoting. “We use bead board often for kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and staircases,” says Mark Bar, Longfellow’s lead designer. “Sometimes a hint of bead board works well as a design element on cabinets, or as a backing to custom built-in shelving. Beaded, recessed panel wainscoting with a thin chair rail and coffered ceilings are two additional elements that often work well in a Cape Cod coastal home, adding sophistication without overpowering the room.”

Natural Light, and Lots of White Another of our clients told us: “It was on one of those stunning, late summer beach days that my husband and I decided to build our second home in North Falmouth. That same afternoon I picked up a shell from the sand and realized I was looking at the color palette for our home.”

An ineffable quality of light that blurs the boundary between indoors and out has drawn artists to Cape Cod for decades. It also attracts our clients, which is why we pay careful attention to the placement and style of a home’s windows, doors, decks and patios in order to integrate light and landscape into our Cape coastal homes. A strategically placed window seat, reading nook, or a three-season sunroom, along with an open floor plan, can create a magical dance of light and scenery that progresses throughout the day.

Typically, a Cape Cod coastal homeowner chooses a color palette inspired by soothing tones in the natural environment: crisp, white walls, warm neutral tones of beige and tan, warm gray hues, cool tones of blue and green and maybe a splash of contrasting yellow or orange. Year after year, white cabinetry remains popular in Cape coastal homes, however, we are beginning to see variations, such as the addition of a contrasting darker gray-blue or green island or pantry cabinetry.

“Careful attention to materials and texture can really make a room spectacular,” notes Bogosian. At Longfellow Design Build’s new Chatham showroom, customers can admire a butler’s pantry that uses a custom-crafted barn door entry and a gorgeous 2 .-inch black walnut countertop with a marine oil finish similar to what is used on the decks and woodwork of fine yachts. We also feature a Leather Finished Quartzite countertop and a Cold Cast Zinc countertop. Says Bogosian: “Both are a great opportunity to add texture and understated sophistication to a room.” Whether you want a traditional cottage look, something a bit more contemporary, or a Cape coastal transitional style that draws from both, Longfellow Design Build can make your dream a reality

Cape Cod Home Design Trends Spring 2015

A few home design trends from our Longfellow designers … Below are a few trends we’re noticing from our customers.

  • Farmhouse style features such as barn doors, distressed and rustic materials
  • Shelves instead of upper cabinets in kitchens
  • Mixed materials in the kitchens such as a wood counter for the perimeter and granite on the island
  • Reclaimed wood and furniture pieces in the kitchen and bathroom
  • Grey is the ‘IT’ color
  • White shaker cabinets with grey paint or a grey island
  • Farm Sinks
  • Granite counters
  • Bead-board
  • Marble in bathrooms or wherever possible
  • Wainscoting
  • Open floor plans, built in closets and whole room closets