After moving to Mashpee 8 years ago, my wife Tara and I have decided that it's time to finally make our Cape Cod Saltbox work better for us. This 28 year old house had been neglected and needed lot's of work to make it the way we wanted and envisioned.
The House at the time of purchase was primarily used as a summer home and all the bathrooms and the kitchen were in need of updating. in addition much of the house reflected the throw it up cheap as fast as you can mentally of the booming 80's
Mashpee and as it was, it only took me about 6years to realize and admit that I could be happy about living here. And I really am. We live at the end of a cul-de-sac in a very quite neighborhood and our property is surrounded by many acres of trees and trails and the Mashpee River is about 110 steps through the woods that make up our backyard. And yet we are only 5min away from the hustle and bustle of Mashpee Commons, schools are nearby and Mashpee is really centrally located between Falmouth were we do much of our remodeling and the other parts of Cape Cod that we travel to.
During the spring of 2013, Tara sparked the idea of adding onto the back of our house with an off hand comment about having a large sunroom off the back of the house which started the wheels turning in my head about adding on a larger space. This led to a discussion about if we added on what would we do with the space. We both agreed that it would be idea to have a larger kitchen as well as a bigger space for our dining room.
At that point we were starting to get really excited about the possibilities and I was ready to roll but first we needed to figure out what made sense and how much it would cost. Well it shouldn't be too bad...Right? As I was doing most of the work with the Tara helping as needed... Much to my dismay, there were many surprises ahead, some of which I will share in my next installment of REMODEL THIS HOUSE!