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beach. "The family gathered up from the future site a bowl full of driftwood, shells, sea glass, sand, and flotsam and jetsam and presented that as a palate," says Collins. "And it was a wonder- ful exercise because it immediately established the textures, the colors, and the materials that we were going to use. This bowl said so much more than we want six bedrooms, a living room, etc." That same bowl now sits on the coffee table of the newly constructed home that is sited on a sandy point projecting into Pleasant Bay on Cape Cod. The house is located on a particularly sensitive piece of coastal land and there were some dicey moments trying to navigate the local zoning and conservation commissions. In the end, however, the challenge of working around restrictions resulted in a home that functions better for the homeowners than they could have otherwise envisioned. The home's different levels, necessitated by flood plane requirements, allow for a guest wing that feels separate from the main house, a lower level recreation area that is still open to the outside, and an elevated main living space that stuns with sweeping water views. After spending five weeks in their summer home, the homeowners were so happy that they called Collins to design a new primary home for them as well. Although, just like lifestyles, second homes are very different than primary homes. "I tell clients to throw away any presumption that a second home is going to be a replica of a primary home," says Collins. In this particular second home, Collins knew the focus had to be on the water views, so large windows framing Pleasant Bay take the place of upper cabinets in the kitchen. The family has several children so a bunk room with two built-in bunk beds also features pull out trundle beds for additional guests. A laundry room by the rear door leading to the beach handles all the wet towels and an outdoor shower, practically a requirement in summer homes according to Collins, is located in an attractive cylindrical structure. But there is one thing that remains the same no matter the location: every family needs a room for all their stuff. That's where the sand room comes in handy, replacing the mudroom and providing plenty of space for all those sun hats and flip flops. Small Touches with Big Impact Sometimes an architect is not tasked with finding a starting point, but rather in preserving memories of the past. Such was the case for architect and Wellesley resident Jan Gleysteen, who was hired by a Weston family to update their summer home in New Seabury. This "Seaside Refresher," as the Gleysteen team affectionately referred to the project, was inspired by the homeowner's experience working with Gleysteen to design and build their primary home. "The couples' tastes had evolved and they wanted to bring their newfound aesthetic to their Cape home," says Gleysteen. This aesthetic centered around an appreciation for traditional details like 54 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 Reinventing the Summer House 048-057_WWMb14_summer homes_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 1:53 PM Page 54