New Construction: Belvidere Plains

Falmouth Home Builder

This home is as close to perfect as they come–and for a good reason. It’s the house that Longfellow Design Build’s owner built for his parents. This is the house you build for yourself after building many houses.

Aside from being the parents of the builder, this homeowner is similar to many of Longfellow’s clients – Baby-boomers, approaching retirement age deciding to reinvent their lives on their terms. So many of our clients are from Greater Boston/Hartford or New York with successful, seasoned careers, a desire to either relocate entirely or have a second home on Cape to enjoy quality time with family (especially grand-kids) friends and to enjoy Cape Cod’s the casual, stimulating lifestyle.

As with most things well designed, this home’s design doesn’t call attention to itself, rather, it elicits emotion, elevates your mood and provides effortles functionality at every turn. No matter how many people, rain or shine, warm or cold, party-animal or intellectual this home fits like a glove.

The front yard patio (who does that!) is positioned to enjoy the morning sun, the terrace off of the open kitchen/dining/living room has overhead heating units to take the chill off Cape Cod evenings, and the roof-top deck with views of Falmouth harbor and perfect sunsets to the west are all examples of how this home effortly delivers peak experiences. Form follows function.

Want a day on the couch watching old movies? –There’s a 2nd-floor den for that. Want to have a sleepover with all the grandkids? –There are 3 guest bedrooms for that. Want to entertain 40 of your closest friends and family for Thanksgiving? –The first-floor open floorplan kitchen/ dining/ living room can accommodate with a chef’s kitchen, enormous quartzite topped island and a seat at the table for everyone.

A mudroom with storage, a ‘fire-garden’ with teak Adirondack seating, raised bed vegetable gardens, multiple custom window seats with storage. Oh my.

When you do focus on design, you see beautiful millwork, custom built-in cabinetry, and coffered, beadboard ceilings all perfectly proportioned and executed. The attention to detail in architectural design, in material selections, and craftsmanship is to be admired. I don’t know if this is a thing or not, but this house feels solid under your feet.

And finally–I almost forgot to mention–a second-floor mother-in-law suite intended to accommodate extended visits from grandma in Florida. I can’t help to think that it is by design that almost I forgot to mention this because this is the sort of privacy you want to give to an extended stay visitor. Once again, just perfect.


  • Falmouth, MA

  • 5,373 sqft
  • 4 beds 4.5 baths
  • Architect: Longfellow Design Build

  • Builder: Longfellow Design Build

  • Date Completed: 2019

  • Fireplaces & AV: Vineyard Home

  • Landscape Architect: Christopher Buccino
  • Landscape Contrator: Clover

Video: The Making of Home Life & Style Falmouth

Our Belvidere Plains home was chosen to be featured on Home Life & Style with Host Parker Kelley. Watch the full episode on NESN July 20th 2019 at 10 AM

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Longfellow Architect Selected finalist in Cape Cod Affordable Home Contest

Caterina’s Cottage

CATEGORY: Three bedroom dwelling, 1600 square feet or less
SPONSORED BY: Cape Cod Young Professionals and the Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors Inc.

“I was fortunate to grow up in a small attic apartment above my grandmother and experiencing the richness of her Italian culture. Caterina came to the US from Italy when she was 19; She lived through two World Wars, and The Great Depression. Her husband died when he was forty, leaving her to raise 13 children. Caterina lived to the age of 104, longer than eleven of her children. I learned a lot from the experience of growing up along with such a strong and determined woman” – Michael Bremneour

Longfellow Design Build Architectural Designer Michael Bremneour’s entry Caterina’s Cottage has been selected as a finalist in a design contest sponsored by the Cape Cod Young Professionals and the Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors Inc.

Caterina’s Cottage is a diverse home design suitable for multi-generational living. With an additional first-floor master bedroom, this design enables adult children to live at home longer, or for grandparents to live along with a small family without sacrificing privacy and autonomy.

To further cost savings, Caterina’s Cottage includes many high efficiencies features and sustainable materials. This design features:

  • Loft for a small office or sitting room away from the rest of the family
  • Traditional exterior w/ transitional interior & open living space
  • Sustainable materials and easily expandable
  • Low/no maintenance exterior
  • Simple, straight-forward design allows for low-cost (approx. $150sf) construction
  • High-efficiency windows, doors, HVAC, and insulation

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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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