Architectural Possibilties in a Modern Cape

Project: Modern Colonial, Episode 3, Part 4



The roof structure begins to take shape in this episode, which focuses on the asphalt shingle installation. The crew takes us through the steps of the shingling process, from the flashing and underlayment, to the precise layout of each course.

On the ground, Ryley and framing contractor Kevin Parquette are installing windows. Also, Bob explores the home designs of the firm of noted 20th-century architect Royal Barry Wills, an avid proponent of preserving historical accuracy and proportion in designing elegant, sensible houses for modern living.
Part 1: Building a Pitched Roof
Part 2: Window Placement and Installation
Part 3: Cape Cod-Style Architecture and Royal Barry Wills
Part 4: Architectural Possibilties in a Modern Cape
Dick Wills takes Bob on a tour of the interior of his Cape-style home. The house is much larger than Bob expected with a library, master suite, large family country kitchen, utility space and mud room, and then, upstairs, two bedrooms, each with their own baths. Wills took advantage of the slope of the Cape roof to open up the interior and give it some volume. The great room is 28-by-34 with a high ceiling and a balcony looking down into the room.
This project focuses on the construction of a Colonial-style home built with both history and the future in mind. While the 4-bedroom, 4-bath home will have a traditional exterior and interior detailing, the plan will suit the needs of a modern family, including easy-maintenance fireplaces, a great room, master suite, sun room, 3-car garage, and a large walk-out basement with plenty of room for recreation and indoor/outdoor living.

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