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44 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 style home, but it explodes in the back with open glass and lots of light," MacDonald says. The wraparound veranda is the undoubted highlight of the home and the place where family and friends congregate on a summer's day. "The veranda's push- and-pull floor plan has pockets for dining, entertaining and sitting by the fireplace," MacDonald notes. "This client loves summer, but doesn't like being in the sun, so the veranda provides shade and also invites cool ocean breezes," he adds. MacDonald is known for highly detailed work from top to bottom. "I pay attention to ceilings – an often ignored plane," he says. "I believe people should be enveloped in the detail, not just what's below your feet and on the walls." Meticulous millwork in Captain's House, including a one-of-a-kind mahogany front door, hand-scraped walnut floors and intricate beam ceilings, exemplify that detailed aesthetic. Polished mahogany trim and stair rails and treads add depth and richness to the light sailcloth color scheme, with a sandstone mantel and judicious use of blue and green accents to play off the ocean. "Robin's egg blue ceiling panels suggest sky and sea and nuance," MacDonald says. Despite the elegant details, the home is both inviting and comfortable, thanks in part to a meandering floor plan. "The rooms open up to each other with interaction from space to space," MacDonald notes. "It's not a rabbit warren of rooms." Mid-level between the basement and the veranda, an infinity-edged lap pool connects to the home with half-flight, 15-foot stretches of "flying stairs" that serve as bridges to the pool platform. The idea is to further integrate outdoor living with indoor spaces, explains MacDonald, who worked with leading landscape architect Horiuchi/Solien, based in Falmouth, Mass. Because the pool platform is set away from the home, light and air are able to circulate throughout the walkout basement, which also opens to the ocean views. "The sand dunes and beach are one story below the pool," Macdonald says. "So the porch to the pool to the beach is experienced in layered, graduating levels in a civilized-to-wild hierarchy." e result is a beautiful home that invites breezy outdoor living and reflects its beach location at every turn. "Regardless of whether you're indoors, lounging by the pool or relaxing on the veranda, this is Cape Cod at its finest," Macdonald says. Outdoor Living A R C H I T E C T U R E THE DETAILS For more information, visit morehousemacdonald.com A natural flow Elegant details and a thoughtful, meandering floor plan help to create warm, inviting and open spaces throughout the home's luxe interiors.