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40 O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M | A p r i l + M a y 2 0 1 6 CAPTAIN MARVEL words by Maryann Hammers photographs by Sam Gray Photography Ahead of the curve The beach-facing rear of this beautiful home on Cape Cod curves elegantly to maximize the deck's panoramic ocean views. A LEADING NEW ENGLAND ARCHITECT INVOKES CLASSIC VICTORIAN SEA MANSES OF YESTERYEAR AT AN AWARD-WINNING RESIDENCE ON CAPE COD Y ou may be able to take the architect out of New England, but you can never take New England out of the architect – at least not the design talent behind this masterful coastal home on Cape Cod. "I wanted to evoke the feeling of the old sea captains' homes you see dotting the coastline," says John S. MacDonald, owner and principal of award- winning Morehouse MacDonald and Associates based in Lexington, Mass. And he achieved just that with this stately yet welcoming private residence named Captain's House, the silver winner at the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston's 2015 Prism Awards in the "Best Detached Home over 8,000 Square Feet" category. Overlooking Nantucket Sound, the handsome, 12,500-square-foot Shingle-style home, with its stone base and soaring chimneys, is notable for its appealing and expansive wraparound porch, numerous decks and "widow's walk" viewing platforms that look out to sea. "The home pays homage to the Victorian sea manses you see up and down the Cape, but in a contemporary, fanciful way," MacDonald says. Before work began, a typical "builder's home" occupied the sloped lot. MacDonald and his Boston- based clients initially considered renovating the 10-year-old house, but decided it wasn't worth keeping. "I told my clients, 'Let's start with a blank slate. Let's talk about what you really want,' " MacDonald says. e clients, who had enjoyed the Cape as children, envisioned a summer home that would stand the test of time for their large extended family and future generations. Up to 25 people might enjoy the home on a typical summer's day. Yet the clients didn't want it to appear ostentatious or to overwhelm the confines of its limited space. And, of course, the spectacular ocean views were paramount. It was just the sort of project at which MacDonald Outdoor Living A R C H I T E C T U R E