On Thursday, October 7, 2021, E.J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc. won two (2) Gold BRICC (Building & Remodeling Industry of Cape Cod) Awards at the 2021 BRICC Awards Ceremony at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa, Hyannis, MA.
The first Gold Award, Excellence in Outdoor Living Space Design Over $100,000, was accepted by E.J. Jaxtimer, president and owner of E.J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc. for the “Backyard Retreat.” Designed by Sudbury Design Group, this custom designed freestanding open air pool cabana was completed in June 2020 just in time to enjoy the summer months. The structure provides privacy from the abutting golf course and incorporates a clever designed landscape to enhance the aesthetics of this backyard oasis.
To ensure a solid frame, the complex structure was engineered with steel beams and wood components. The cabana features a real wood burning fireplace with a chimney made of New England fieldstone and thermal bluestone. The flooring was also constructed with thermal bluestone pavers. The cabana was enhanced with red cedar shingles, a copper flat seamed roof, New England Estate Style Louver red cedar shutters by New England Shutters Mills, and a custom designed and fabricated rustic door by E.J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc. The outdoor kitchen area was incorporated into the design for optimal entertaining and features high-end energy efficient appliances, a 2″ thick bluestone countertop, powder coated stainless steel cabinets, and a convenient gooseneck pulldown faucet.
The landscaping, also designed by Sudbury Design Group, includes new features to compliment the existing outdoor living space and pool area. Multi-pattern bluestone was selected to blend in with the bluestone around the existing pool. To add additional privacy, selective shrubbery and full grown trees including paper birch, blue spruce, and white pines were planted alongside bordering neighbors and the golf course.
This outdoor living project’s special features consist of the award winning Bromic Platinum Smart-Heat™ outdoor heaters that blend seamlessly into their environment providing optimal warmth into the off season. It is equipped with an energy efficient Lutron infrared lighting control system, a motorized awning for additional shading, high-end ENERGY STAR® appliances, and smart technology.
Photography by Dan Cutrona Photography
The second Gold Award, Excellence in Historic Renovation or Restoration, was accepted by Jamie Jaxtimer, project manager at E.J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc. for “The Sea Goddess.” This masterfully restored 1880’s home in Osterville encompasses modern and sophisticated components while preserving the historical integrity and beauty.
This historical home received a full makeover inside and out. The exterior was updated with new windows and doors by Marvin Windows & Doors to match the existing details, custom decorative lantern lighting by Nauset Lantern Shop, along with customized shutters and attractive made-to-order flower boxes by Unique Design Solutions. The property also features decking and railing components by Intex Millwork, traditional copper gutters and downspouts, white cedar shingling and red cedar roofing. The two outbuildings (new garage and pool cabana) also feature the same exterior finishes to match the main house.
The primary dwelling highlights an open remodeled modern kitchen equipped with custom-built cabinetry and premium appliances from KAM Appliances, a breakfast room, dining room, family room, and a spacious library all with ocean views. The character of the home was preserved by restoring the original fireplaces and millwork while adding sophisticated finishes to enhance the natural beauty of each room. Restoring the antique pine wood flooring and natural Nantucket beadboard throughout the home enhanced the historical charm spotlighting the modern architectural design by Patrick Ahearn Architect. A new full depth foundation created additional square footage that now includes a new lower level drop zone, a spacious media/game room, and a laundry room.
The landscape and beachfront needed total reconstruction. Beacon Marine Construction assisted with the beachfront improvement by rebuilding the stone revetment wall, resculpting the embankment and installing a new multi-level beach access staircase. Landscaping was assigned and implemented by Jaxtimer Landscaping, LLC, while the pool was installed by Custom Quality Pools. Detailed masonry consisting of an outdoor living area with its own kitchen/grill, cobblestone granite driveway, and aprons were constructed with the assistance of Barger Masonry.
This historical remodel came with many challenges. The main dwelling was positioned on its original foundation constructed in the late 1880’s. Mid-project, the client decided that they wanted to upgrade to a full depth foundation. With this being the main challenge of the project, professional home movers, Hayden Building Movers, Inc. were called in to raise the entire 6,300-square-foot structure up 4 feet using 75 foot steel beams. The crew then leveled out the ground under the structure in preparation for the foundation construction. Once the foundation was complete, the main house was dropped back into place.
The immense attention to detail is the wow factor of this project. From the decorative floor paintings to ceiling canvases, not an inch of this home was overlooked. The home highlights hand painted tile and ceramics with traditional patterns and calming colors. The walls were intricately painted to give the illusion of decorative wallpaper, and the floors were hand painted with warm ageless designs. In the master bathroom, venetian plaster was used to enhance the overall design. Much of the original millwork and fine woodwork was restored and completed with speciality finishes.
The Sea Goddess was also a 2020 Bulfinch Award Winner
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