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Spring 2012

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OfficerS Letter to our Readers
Rich Bryant As the days grow longer and the weather warmer,
Cape Associates, Inc. this issue of At Home on Cape Cod naturally focuses
Vice President/Treasurer on enjoying outdoor living.
Jim Gronski
Jim Gronski Construction We have filled the magazine with informative articles, along with
Vice President/Secretary ads highlighting the work of members of the Home Builders & Remod-
Scott Gladish eler Association of Cape Cod. We hope this issue is a valuable resource,
Cape & Islands Glass and we invite your comments and suggestions for future articles.
Immediate Past President
Rob mcphee Now in its second year, the magazine has expanded in size and
mcphee Associates, Inc. reaches more than 20,000 households and home-related businesses. In
Executive Officer this edition, we welcome the Cape Cod Landscape Association with its
Christine duren first 16-page insert featuring the Cape’s landscape industry.
BOard Of directOrS
Bill Almeida In this issue, we also include information about membership,
Falmouth Lumber Co. the value of being a member, some up-coming events and an editorial
Kevin Benger viewpoint on “Do no harm to the housing recovery.”
Benger Construction
Skip Carleton Doing business with members of these two organizations assures
mid-Cape Home Centers homeowners that they are dealing with reputable companies, who
paul diggin have been in business for many years. Member companies are insured,
Advanced Communication trained in best practices and stay current with legislative and regulatory
technologies, LLC changes which affect home construction and landscaping. Members
mike duffany work with local tech schools to encourage young people interested in
m. duffany Builders joining our industries. Members work to improve your property while
Brian Harding maintaining the natural beauty of the Cape.
Andersen Windows
Stephen Klug For your home projects, we hope you will think about calling our
Fine Building & Finish members first. Member listings are included in this magazine, and we
Liz Kovach invite you to visit our respective websites at and
Shepley Wood products, Inc.
tony Shepley
Shepley Wood products, Inc. We hope you enjoy reading At Home on Cape Cod, and keeping
it as a guide when planning your future home projects. Please support
ON CAPE CODHOMEOWNERʼS RESOURCE GUIDE our advertisers and check out our member directories beginning on
page CCLA-11 and page 66.
Glenn Ritt Thank you.
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Roe osborn Scan here
Julia Cumes to visit us online
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tABLe oF ContentS

LetteR to ouR ReadeRs Landscaping 1ccla-

4 enjoy your outdoor living outdooRs cape cod
featuring the
ReaL estate
cape cod landscape association
7 2012 outlook looking brighter
ccla-3 landscape trends
Buyers are out looking
Limits on fertilizing and watering coming
Professional Engineers ccla-6 Waterfalls
and Land Surveyors 9 The coming energy crunch
Create a backyard retreat with water
Providing solutions energy savings and generation
for the benefit ccla-7 grow native
of our clients 12 appliance trends
and community Shrubs and flowers thrive in Cape soil
The latest for indoors and out
Home BuiLdeRs & RemodeLeRs
association of cape cod ccla-9 edible gardens

14 how to become a member You can eat what you grow

Investing in Cape Cod’s housing future ccla-10 landscaping and
curb appeal
49 calendar of events
Can add 10 percent to home’s value

ccla-11 ccla resource directory

ccla-14 perennials

ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING 16 faces of homebuilders 50 net-Zero house on harbor
INNOVATIVE WASTEWATER Years of commitment and dedication passive and active solar power
HISTORIC PRESERVATION BuiLding community 52 Building strategically
SPECIALTY STRUCTURES 20 community development Showroom built with products sold
54 certified passive
260 Cranberry Highway promoting affordable rentals and jobs
Orleans, MA 02653 Home built to rigorous energy
508.255.6511 pRoducts & tecHnoLogy 56 recycling building material
22 The new world of flooring
6 • At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 24 concrete vs. asphalt pVC scraps collected and reused

Concrete is competitive, lasts longer RemodeL

47 What you need to know 58 The ultimate in custom homes
about paints
Incorporating original art in the home
48 pavers
61 gas-burning fireplaces
27feature StOry
Insert a gas fireplace for cozy comfort
Bringing inside living
outdoors 62 today’s windows

Creating a family gathering space HomeowneRs ResouRce guide

Cover photo: roe osborn 66 a valuable resource to keep


72 Viewpoint
73 chris’s corner

Coming events and activities

Real estate

cape cOd “Properties with first floor masters are always in demand,”
real eState Helms added. “Open living and the great room concept rather than
picture lOOking formal living and dining rooms are popular. Capes and ranch style
Brighter homes are desirable. A raised ranch on Cape Cod is a tough sell.”

For home construction, Gregg Wagner, Broker/Manager for Sotheby’s International
home sales and renovations, Realty in Osterville and West Falmouth sees prices leveling out
the momentum is upward. and sales volume increasing for 2012. “Conditions are improving”
Wagner said. “Some inventory that had been on the market for
By JosepH santangeLo two or more years has been absorbed. Also, a lot of buyers who
were sitting on the sidelines are now getting in to take advantage
Vacation home buyers. first time buyers. of these compelling values.”
retirement buyers. Second home buyers who
plan to use that home as a retirement home. “There’s a sense of optimism we haven’t seen in the last
Unlike other parts of the country, there is no shortage couple of years,” Wagner added. “Our agents are cautiously
of people looking to purchase property on Cape Cod. optimistic, and that’s often reflective of the buyers’ sentiments.
But, with a large inventory of homes for sale, buyers are Buyers are more optimistic, especially when agents convey their
picky, looking for just the right home at the right price. enthusiasm for the current market. It’s a two-way street.”
Houses that need work often are harder to sell.
“In the mid-range of the market,” he said, “people are buy-
Many home builders and remodelers report a backlog of ing homes that are finished and done to the nines. That includes
work; but most jobs involve renovations, improvements and ad- state-of-the-art kitchens and baths, and there is more concern for
ditions rather than new home construction. One Hyannis builder energy efficiency. These buyers may go for a slightly smaller house,
summed up the situation: “Am I busy? Yes. Am I looking for more but they want every bell and whistle. The luxury portion of the
work? Yes.” market shows more of a tendency toward looking for the greatest
overall value. These buyers are willing to make renovations to the
cautiOuS OptiMiSM in the Market properties in exchange for a great value in the right location; but
“Right now, the market is pretty robust. A mild winter the perceived value or bargain is key.”

both on and off Cape has sure helped,” said Lynette Helms, CEO SecOnd hOMe BuyerS driVing the Market
of Real Estate Associates in North Falmouth, West Falmouth,
Falmouth, Mashpee and Pocasset. “But buyers have many choices, “I definitely started seeing improvement in the market the
they are critical and risk averse.” middle of last summer,” said Gregory Murphy, area manager for
William Raveis offices in Chatham, Orleans and Eastham. “People
either were feeling more comfortable that the real estate market
had reached the bottom, or people who wanted to purchase a
summer home on the Cape were getting a little bit impatient.
They were thinking, ‘How many more summers can we pass up on
Cape Cod with the children and grandchildren?’”

Murphy said, “The big thing is a lot of people who have the
resources to buy a home on Cape Cod are more comfortable with
where the economy is going and that the real estate situation is
more stable. These people are getting back in the real estate mar-
ket and are able to buy lovely properties at reasonable prices. In
addition, this winter, being as mild as it is, has resulted in people
thinking about spring and summer and has made it easy for them
to come down for a day or a weekend to look at property.”

AT A GlAnCE 2011 sales volume: 2011 total sales value: 2011 median sales price:

price and volume improved in 2010, 5,650 $2,324,184,284 $290,000
with the federal home buyer tax credit
2010 sales volume: 6,039 2010 total sales value: $2,609,568,428 2010 median sales price: $296,000
BARnStABLe CoUntY ReSIdentIAL 2009 sales volume: 5,250 2009 total sales value: $2,091,267,891 2009 median sales price: $294,500
And CommeRCIAL deedS 2008 sales volume: 5,791 2008 total sales value: $2,682,701,516 2008 median sales price: $310,000

SoURCe: BARnStABLe CoUntY ReGISteR oF deedS

At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 • 7

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“The thing I do find interesting is,
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8 • At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 tors put together create a good picture on
the Cape. For real estate, 2012 should be
an improving year, and it could turn out to
be a pivotal point.”

As far as consumer confidence,
Grassia added, “People have adjusted to
this economy being what it is. They are
not anticipating big growth spurts that we
had in 2000 through 2006. But they are
more price conscious about all their pur-
chases. Whether it be automobiles, hous-
ing or what type of milk they buy, people
are asking what’s the purpose, what’s the
cost and what’s the value for the dollar.”

“More and more people are shop-
ping for properties and looking at pictures
on the internet,” Grassi said. “People are
looking for features that add value. The
property should be in good condition,
camera- and eye-ready.”

real eState aS an inVeStMent

According to Michael J. Degnan,
principal, Realty Executives of Cape Cod,
“I have found buyers are recognizing the
attractiveness of the marketplace. Low
interest rates and a general feeling that we
are at or approaching the low of real estate
values have aided this response.

“Even with the attractive low inter-
est rates, I have seen a number of cash
purchases in the higher end of the market.
I believe this is a further indication that
some consumers feel we are approaching
the low of the real estate market and that
real estate is an attractive investment.”


The coming energy crunch

…and how to prepare for it

alternatiVe energy SySteMS and MOre inSulatiOn
Will help iMprOVe cOMfOrt and enhance hOMe Value.

By JosepH santangeLo incentives including loans, tax heat loss through the attic – Once installed, such
credits and rebates. up to a $2,000 credit. Zero alternative-energy systems
middle east interest loans are available to provide energy almost cost-
tensions, After the owner first replace leaky windows and old free. Payback periods – which
improves the home’s energy furnaces. vary depending on rebates,
potential efficiency, it might be time credits and future electric
to consider installing on-site “Definitely sign up for prices – could be as little as
supply interruptions energy generation, including an audit,” said Margaret Song, five to 10 years, depending on
systems powered by the sun Cape Light Compact’s resi- home location and energy use.
and growing worldwide and wind. dential program manager. “If
you are thinking about retiring ElECTRICITy
energy demand could Cape Cod is on the to the Cape, you can test your fROM THE Sun
forefront in producing renew- home now to find out where
soon push oil back up able energy for town and all the cracks and leaks are.” An array of silicon cells
school buildings, as well as for mounted on the roof to gener-
toward its historic 2008 individual homes. A system of Solar installations po- ate electricity is becoming
electric-generating wind tur- tentially can boost the home’s
high of $147 a barrel. bines to be built in Nantucket resale value.
Sound also could move ahead,
That means people who heat if Cape Wind can overcome The first step is often a free home-energy audit,
with oil could pay up to $5 legal challenges. available by calling the Cape light Compact at (800) 797-6699.
a gallon, or a total of $4,000 subsidies can cover 75 percent of the cost of adding insulation,
for 800 gallons in an average “Tough economic times especially to stop heat loss through the attic – up to a $2,000
Cape Cod winter. may be the best time to take credit. Zero interest loans are available to replace leaky windows
action regarding energy ef- and old furnaces.
Along with a rise in oil, ficiency, with some low-cost
natural gas prices are forecast investments,” said Maggie
to double by 2035. Electricity Downey, administrator of
prices also will climb over the the Cape Light Compact, a
long term, due to increased regional agency. “Now is the
demand from homes, busi- time to access the energy-
nesses, schools and hospitals. efficiency dollars that are
available to businesses and
Massachusetts cur- consumers.”
rently has the seventh highest
U.S. energy costs, according to The first step is often
the Small Business & Entre- a free home-energy audit,
preneurship Council’s Energy available by calling the Cape
Cost Index. Light Compact at (800) 797-
6699. Subsidies can cover 75
To prepare for the percent of the cost of adding
coming energy crunch, insulation, especially to stop
property owners are advised
to act now to improve their
home’s comfort and value,
and to shield themselves from
energy price hikes. Primary
and second-home owners can
take advantage of financial

At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 • 9

Experience the KraftMaid Difference! POwER from the Sun

Shop Cape and Vineyard electric Cooperative
Local! is installing 85.9 megawatts (MW) of
photovoltaic projects.
Orleans 508.255.0200 • South Dennis 508.398.6071 • 2009-2010, installed 760 KW on seven
Hyannis 508.362.6308 • Plymouth 508.746.3085 municipal buildings through a competitive
800.295.9220 • bid process

10 • At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 • 2011, awarded contract to install 16.53
MW in seven member towns at nine sites

• 2011, issued an RFP for an additional
68.6 MW at 60 municipal sites throughout
Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

more financially feasible. A five-kilowatt
system can cost $25,000 to $30,000,
but federal and state incentives of up to
$15,000 are available. A wide variety of
lease-and-purchase plans are available.
Down payments can be as low as zero, and
financing can include a purchase option
to own the system after a number of years
or at the end of the lease. In other leases,
the installation company always owns the

Solar-electric systems usually re-
quire an inverter to be installed to convert
direct current from the solar panels to
alternating current used in the home. But
newer systems now include micro-invert-
ers in each solar panel. The latest systems
also are denser, meaning more electricity
can be generated from the same roof area.

A grid-tied system connects to the
electric utility, allowing excess rooftop-
generated electricity to be sold back to
the utility company. With solar power
from the roof, electricity bills should be
significantly lower, especially in the sum-
mer when the days are longer.

Jason Stoots, president and founder
of E2 Solar in Hyannis and a NABCEP
(North American Board of Certified En-
ergy Practitioners) photovoltaic installer,


Margo Cheel “During a typical day, the rooftop noise and perceived loss of surrounding
system will produce more electricity than property values. Smaller roof-mounted
the home is using. The excess is fed back wind turbines are becoming more widely
into the grid. When you come home at available.
night, you will be drawing electricity from
the grid. If there is a net excess, that will HIGH EffICIEnCy
show up as a credit on your bill. HEAT/POwER SySTEMS

“In the winter, with shorter days, A $1,500 rebate is available for
the lights are on longer, and the home a new natural-gas-powered boiler with
will tend to use more electricity than the 96-percent rated efficiency to run a home
system is producing. Through Massachu- hot-water, baseboard heating system, and
setts net-metering laws, excess kilowatt a $1,000 rebate for a 92-percent- efficien-
hours generated during the summer can be cy system. No-interest loans are available
rolled into winter utility bills.” for up to $25,000 for seven years.

Homeowners can estimate their High-efficiency, natural-gas-fired
potential payback time online. Vari- heating systems also come with the abil-
ous websites offer a calculator, where a ity to generate electricity. A residential
homeowner can enter an address, roof “micro-combined-heat-and-power” sys-
information, average electric bill and find tem, also known as micro-CHP, does it all:
estimated monthly and lifetime savings. it heats hot water and produces about one
Online calculator sites include: www.sun- kilowatt of electricity., and
another at But the initial cost is high. Basic
systems cost as much as $20,000 installed,
Installers range from interstate or double the price of a conventional
companies to local Cape Cod dealers who home-heating system. An emergency
sell, install and service national brands. power backup system also can be added in
For example, Stoots of E2 Solar and Tom case a storm knocks out the grid.
Wineman at Clean Energy Design of
Osterville are direct dealers for solar pan- START wITH
els made by SunPower Corp., a publicly An EnERGy AudIT
traded California firm. Sun Power makes
and sells its own panels. Generally, a two-person audit team
comes to the home, replaces incandescent
>> For a list of various solar incentives, bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs,
see pressure tests the house for leaks and pro-
vides a written action plan, all free.
wInd POwER If the homeowner signs a contract
to proceed, air sealing is free and home
Some of these same local dealers insulation is eligible for the 75-percent
also provide solar hot water systems to credit up to a $2,000 maximum.
heat water for cooking and washing, as
well as simpler, lower-cost swimming-pool In short, there are programs to help
water heaters. homeowners undertake a complete home
efficiency upgrade, or to make improve-
Property owners and small busi- ments in stages: insulation, windows, heat
nesses such as Hyannis Country Garden supply and hot water.
have installed wind turbines to capture
wind energy and convert it into electricity. Celebrating 23 years
For owners with large acreage, allowing
for a potential fall zone and setbacks from 33 NORTH MAIN STREET
other owners, a wind turbine could be a SOUTH YARMOUTH
possibility. 508.394.0832

have become more
controversial than At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 • 11
solar power due to


Appliance Trends 2012

From the kitchen to the laundry room

Induction cooking, steam ovens, hidden kitchen appliances with no visible hardware, clothes washers
and dryers with steam cycles to remove wrinkles and odors, wine refrigerators, ice makers and beer
dispensers. for 2012, options for home appliances seem almost endless.

Some exciting models have been popular COOkInG
in europe and now are making their
way across to here. Whether you’re Induction cooking has been Pizza ovens are coming home.
looking for luxury or traditional appliances, around for decades, and it now is com- Foodies are adding pizza ovens, also used
contemporary or classic style, more choices are ing into its own in North America. Some for baking and roasting, by the deck, patio
available than ever. experts tout it as the best cooking method or in the kitchen. For thousands of years,
Architects, builders and appliance because it is safe, fast and energy efficient. radiant cooking in heated stone ovens has
manufacturers offer a wide variety of An electric coil in the cook top heats the been an efficient cooking method, more
appliances that improve energy usage, home pot or pan, but not the cooking surface. It gentle to the food, with less shrinkage and
design and performance. Sleek contemporary uses higher amperage, but lower voltage better taste. These are gaining popularity
styling is in; but so is the retro classic look with and the pot or pan must be steel or iron in higher-end homes.
modern features. (in order to support a magnetic field).
Ventilation is crucial in the cook-
TwO lAundRy AREAS Six-burner cooktops are the ing area, especially with cooktops creating
favorite for many professional and home a lot of heat output. “The worst thing is
Especially in new construction chefs who prefer cooking with gas. But for the homeowner to buy a fancy stove,
and additions, a trend is to have more there is a BTU battle under way with get it installed and then the smoke alarm
than one set of laundry appliances. There some manufacturers providing heat goes off because they’re not getting smoke
could be one on the first floor, one on the output of up to 25,000 British Thermal out of the house.” Gralton noted.
second or one in an in-law/guest suite. You Units per burner, up from 9,000 BTUs in
don’t have to connect each laundry hook- the past. Another factor in today’s more
up right away, but you have the option of tightly constructed homes is that a source
adding another clothes washer and dryer “It comes from the cooking shows,” of replacement air must be provided;
so you don’t have to lug sheets and towels said Kevin Gralton, KAM appliances man- otherwise the exhaust fan can’t expel air at
around the house. ager, “Everybody wants to be a weekend its rated capacity.
chef. They want to bring pots to a boil
12 • At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 quickly so they look like celebrity chef Vent-a-Hood® removes cooking
Emeril Lagasse.” contaminants, liquefies grease vapor and
removes heat-polluted air.


“Every recommendation
that you made was
right on target.
You had a very gentle
touch in leading us to
”the right decisions.

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Dishwashers are disappearing into 508.385.2704
cabinets with flush installation. You enter Hundreds, maybe thousands, of miles from
the kitchen, and the dishwasher is invis- the Cape as your second home is being built?
ible. The same applies to refrigerators and
freezers. 40rating Downsizing your budget and square
years footage, but not your dreams?
You can put a refrigerator or freez-
er in the kitchen, bar area or family room. Expecting your builder to guarantee the
An under-the-counter refrigerator can be work years after you move in?
fully integrated into the home décor. Sizes
fit nearly all cabinet widths, whether they With four decades of experience managing
be 27, 36, 30, 24 or 18 inches. These the complexities of designing, building and
weren’t available four or five years ago, and renovating on Cape Cod, you can trust
they can fit all types of cabinet styles. McPhee Associates of Cape Cod.

For the entertainment area and Just ask our many satisfied customers.
wet bar, there is the popular wine cooler
refrigerator that keeps 12 to 166 bottles We welcome the opportunity to meet
of wine at the correct temperature. Top it and discuss your building needs. Visit
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Whatever your needs or wants, today
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At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 • 13


InvesTIng In cape cOd’s
hOusIng fuTure

The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod reflects the diversity of our entire
economy – from custom builders and remodelers in business for five decades to recent graduates
from our two vocational high schools; from immigrants staking their futures on Cape Cod to families
whose roots here go back decades. We are architects and engineers, landscapers and electricians,
technology companies and attorneys, CPAs and Realtors. We work in industrial parks and in our
home offices.

Our members represent every demographic, social and economic sector of our community;
and our daily activities not only drive our economy, but also reflect its cycles.

For businesses, here are some of the benefits that come from membership.

Please go to to learn more and to join.

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At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 • 15


the faceS Of

hOMe BuilderS

tHe HomeBuiLding and RemodeLing industRy is suppoRted By tHousands of smaLL, independent contRactoRs
wHo cHoose to comBine tHeiR pRofession witH a distinctiVe cape cod quaLity of Life.
we sHaRe fiVe BuSineSSeS of ouR oRganization fRom tRuRo to BuzzaRds Bay.

Kristen Cronan, operations manager seCond Being a woman in a very-male dom-
of Drywall Masonry Supplies, has a GeneRation inated business adds to her motivation to
very unusual background. She was a “know as much as I can about thousands
funeral director. leadeR of products we sell. Frankly, it’s hard being
a woman in this industry. People expect
“I attended Mt. Ida College and kRISTEn CROnAn a man. Then, they think I am here only
took a course on coping with life and because it is my family’s business. At the
death. “It was more about life than death, dryWall end of the day, it’s all about the results,”
and it changed my life,” she recalled. “Dur- MaSOnry SupplieS she says.
ing the summer, I got an internship at a lo- YARmoUtH,
cal funeral home; I went back to school and oRLeAnS, Kristen confesses to sometimes
changed my major to funeral directing.” RAYnHAm micro-managing, but it comes from her
knowledge that businesses like Drywall
After graduating, Cronan earned At work, she gets involved in all Masonry Supplies can’t make mistakes
her license and worked for Hallett Funeral aspects of the business – from design to when contractors and builders are so de-
Home in South Yarmouth, near where her sales. “You can’t beat the hustle and bustle pendent on getting what they need when
father’s business of nearly four decades is of business, working with contractors they need it. “If we say it will be here at 8,
located. and homeowners, getting educated about it better be here at 8.”
every product and technology, from stones
Twelve years ago, her father, Lou to natural gas fireplaces. It’s all about As a result, the best sales force for
McKnight, asked Kristen to join his grow- customer service.” her company are its customers, she says.
ing business, which has locations in South “I believe this applies to any business. You
Yarmouth, Orleans and Raynham, employ- “You have to be versatile. Someone satisfy your clients, and they will be shar-
ing 18 staff. “I still pine for my old career, might come in and talk about how to build ing that satisfaction with other business
which I saw very much as a social worker, a fireplace, and the next customer wants colleagues. Today, with the internet and
helping families deal with grief and grow to talk about fixing a cracked ceiling with social networks, that is particularly true.”
stronger,” she said. “I still maintain my drywall, or stone for an outdoor kitchen.
license. You have to turn on a dime.” In the current economy, Kristen
says price plays a key role in customer de-
“But I owed it to my parents to She also is highly motivated by cisions. “However, you can never compro-
help with the family business. I love this becoming a second-generation owner, mise service. Even if someone doesn’t buy
too.” Her company specializes in four sustaining her father’s commitment to a product, but you treat them well, they
areas – drywall, hardscape supplies, natural customers over several generations. “It’s will remember and probably come back in
gas fireplaces and masonry. very much about two-way loyalty in this the future, or they will recommend us to
business. My father has worked often someone else.”
Kristen works full-time while rais- on hand shakes. We have to be there for
ing two children with her husband, Dave, our clients, especially in an industry that “Frankly, I know how I want to be
who is coowner of the 19th Hole Tavern experiences up and down cycles due to the treated when I go into a store or business.
in Hyannis. She admits to being jealous economy.” So, for me, it doesn’t matter whether you
of moms who can stay home with their are buying 10 bricks or an entire fireplace.
children, especially in the summer. “But, What goes around, comes around.”
I know myself, and I am a better mother
working than staying home.”

16 • At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012

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We had spent 14 years in the San Francisco Bay area, where
I was a master builder working for a company with a great reputa-
tion. It was definitely very architecturally driven work. I had the
opportunity to rebuild a 1949 Frank Lloyd Wright home that had CUSTOM HOMES • RENOVATIONS • ADDITIONS
substantially burned. That is one of the things I am most proud
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Here on Cape Cod, most of our work has been interior At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 • 17
remodels and additions, often kitchens, family rooms and mud
rooms, but also whole houses, porches and decks. Usually it
involves opening up walls to create more open living spaces as well
as connections to the outdoors. We see a lot people really wanting
to make a house work better for them. They’ve lived in the house
a certain number of years, or it’s a second home and they are
thinking about retiring here or making the home more livable for
their kids or grandkids.

We make our own trim, woodwork and cabinetry in shop,
and we integrate the finish work into the home. The term artisan
builders reflects our love of the craft and our attention to detail.

With three employees, we’re small and we are able provide
a great level of attention. When people hire me they get me.
That’s a real selling point to a lot of people. It’s a really hands-on

Certainly, to come to the Cape and start a business, being
unknown and starting from scratch, trying to build our name and
reputation, has been both challenging and rewarding. It has gone
well for us, with steady improvement. The phone is ringing more
and the projects are getting a bit bigger. People may have been sit-
ting on the fence for awhile but the market is opening up.

It was a good move for us. It’s a great place to raise our
children and we couldn’t be happier.


We’re members of the Home Build- up the heat and made sure it was ready for you an electrician that afternoon.
ers and Remodelers Association of Cape them when they arrived.
Cod and the National Association of the Our business is built on positive
Remodeling Industry. They each provide It’s not just about customer service; referrals. One of our staff wearing a Gable
certification, continuing education and a it’s about relationships, knowing the Building sweatshirt ran into someone who
code of ethics. customer can count on you to go the extra said we built his house years ago and he
mile for them. We want people to know never had a problem. People say our job
E. J. JAxTIMER if they need anything, call us first. Time sites are clean. I always believed a messy
and again, our best jobs have come from job site is a sign of messy work.
e. J. JaxtiMer BuilderS recommendations of an existing customer.
HYAnnIS That’s priceless in any business. I built We also have a full custom-cabinet
this company with a strong focus on fam- shop where we make built-ins, vanities,
When asked to ily and community. We are part of a great custom doors and trim work to the home-
think about my busi- community. We feel strongly about giving owner’s specifications. We apply a hard,
ness, the first thing back to it, which is why we support a spray-on lacquer finish that will stand up
that comes to mind is broad range of local youth and community to years of use for kitchen cabinetry.
our customers and the organizations.
relationships we have built in the past 34 One thing we stress is the team ap-
years. Then I think about our dedicated We’re really fortunate; we have proach. The group works together on any
employees and what a great team we have. worked for some of our customers for over particular project. We’re very transparent
These two things make up who we are, 30 years. A big thank you goes out to our with pricing. We break down everything
where we come from and where we are customers and employees. completely, so the homeowner knows
going. what everything is going to cost.
nOte: E.J. and Terry Jaxtimer received the
Growing up on Cape Cod, I always 2011 Distinguished Service to Philanthropy We have a Project Viewer on our
knew I wanted to work with my hands and Award at the annual Philanthropy Day on website, which allows the client to log
build homes. As the company has grown, Cape Cod. in and take a look at their project, from
it has expanded into building, millwork anywhere in the world, at any time. The
and landscaping. The three divisions work MIkE BERG clients may be from New York and they
independently and work as a unit, offer- have kids in California, and they can all
ing our customers a one-stop experience gaBle Building cOrp. see the project status.
inside and out. CHAtHAm
What is unique is our creativ-
When we meet a new customer, it’s We’ve been in ity. We show clients options for interior
not just about getting the job; it’s about business 42 years, since finish work, the various type of window
building a lasting relationship with that Jim Gable founded and door casing, wainscoting and coffered
person. I truly believe that is what differ- the company. Over ceilings [with sunken panels built into the
entiates us from the competition. the years, we’ve built a ceiling.] We use computer-aided design to
strong client base with our high-end cus- show how a built-in cabinet will look. We
I often say, there is no project tom work. That’s our niche. That’s what show pictures and do up drawings of the
too small; our customers can call us for we do best. We’re adept at handling the interior finish.
anything. In the millwork shop, we offer requirements of very particular customers.
custom cabinetry and fine woodworking. Communication is key to the
These are for custom jobs, like a bathroom At the same time, we handle all the project’s success, and we aim to make our
remodel or that tiny alcove you want to maintenance work for the homeowner. client’s visions a reality by making sure
use for something new. Oftentimes, when With our company called the Home Team, their personal style is included throughout
remodeling an old house, custom cabine- we provide complete home and garden the home.
try is necessary to best use the space. solutions. We mow the lawn. We do the
landscaping, we clean the gutters and we We provide guidance and advice at
We offer landscaping construction, provide home watch. We are a full-service each step along the project schedule, with
maintenance and fine gardening as well as company. We have landscapers, masons and milestone dates when they have to pick
house checks and total property mainte- carpenters with all the equipment. We do out the tile and bathroom fixtures, the ap-
nance. Recently a customer called to say small additions and remodeling. If we run pliances and other selections, so they are
they would be arriving on the Cape Friday into a situation where we need a plumber, not bombarded all at once. Our job is to
night. Knowing they hadn’t been here for or we need an electrician, we have relation- simplify the process as much as possible.
a while, we turned on the lights, turned ships with subcontractors, so we can get

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We do hurricane preparation.
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People call us at the end of the season with a list of things • Weather Tight Shell • Permitting
they want us to do over the winter. We sand the floors, we wash • Home Remodeling • Engineering & Surveying
the house and have it painted or we wash salt off screens and • House plans
put them away for the winter. We do things that are outside the
everyday realm of carpentry work.

If clients want an irrigation system or a swimming pool in-
stalled, they only have to call Duffany Builders. We have a unique
relationship with vendors. When a client can’t get somebody to
do the work, we can. If we call one of the electricians we work
with, they will be there on a moment’s notice for an emergency
call. Or they will be there to install an emergency generator. We
know it will be done properly.

We are distributors for a whole-house dehumidification
system, to help get rid of that musty Cape Cod basement smell.
We have installed about 75 of these Therma-Stor high-moisture
removal systems in the past three years. It’s just another piece of
the big picture that we can bring in as a solution to a problem.

And we are distributors for a battery backup system called
iPower. We have it at our office. We run our computer servers,
heating, lighting and refrigeration through an inverter to smooth
out spikes in voltage or brownouts that reduce voltage, which can
damage sensitive electronic equipment. The system also provides
power for a couple of days in case of an outage.

We’ve been in business for over 25 years. We grew slowly
one person at a time and we’re very selective about who we hire.
It is a closely held-family business. One common thread is similar
values. We all have a mindset to do it right the first time. Our
motto is ‘Perfect is close enough.’ We’re not in it for a short term
fix. We serve clients who want something done right, so they will
not have to deal with it again for 20 years.


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BuildinG CoMMunity

tHe Home BuiLdeRs & RemodeLeRs association of cape cod saLutes
THE COMMunITy dEVElOPMEnT PARTnERSHIP foR 20 yeaRs of initiatiVes

in affoRdaBLe Housing, JoBs and eneRgy conseRVation.

Making hOuSing
affOrdaBle and
energy efficient

It is a task in itself to create affordable aBigaiL cHapman
housing on Cape Cod for families of
various incomes. Assuring that people tHese RentaL units aRe eneRgy and wateR efficient, witH Rooftop soLaR
remain in those homes also requires that paneLs, making tHem affoRdaBLe and conseRVing natuRaL ResouRces.
they have steady jobs. And once in a now, soLaR systems aRe Being added to otHeR cdp RentaL units.
home with a job to pay for it, there is the
challenge of the rising cost of heating and and restaurants that employ hundreds of and improve energy efficiency to reduce
lighting a house. people. Currently, the CDP is working the cost of housing.”
with commercial hook fishermen to help
The Community Development maintain jobs. Along with solar panels, the part-
Partnership (CDP), based in Eastham, is nership also is rehabilitating some of its
attacking all three problems: affordable “The Lower Cape has unique at- rental units with new boilers, doors, new
housing, economic development and en- tributes here at the end of the peninsula,” siding with rigid insulation underneath
ergy efficiency. The latest initiative for this said Executive Director Elizabeth Bridge- and roof work.
20-year-old organization is solar energy. water. “The approach of the Community
Development Partnership has been to The Community Development
Some of the 58 rental-housing units draw resources to this part of the Cape. Partnership works with builders and con-
it owns were built with solar rooftop pan- Our focus has been on helping people sta- tractors, providing jobs for trades people
els that convert sunlight into electricity. bilize housing, impact the local workforce during its many construction projects.
Now, the organization has been awarded
a $100,000 competitive grant from TD
Charitable Foundation to help install pho-
tovoltaic systems on five more units.

In its two decades, the Community
Development Partnership—along with its
partners in the building trades, the arts,
chambers of commerce, government and
service agencies—has provided financ-
ing, training and leadership to promote
jobs and housing in the Lower Cape from
Harwich to Provincetown.

Since its founding in 1992, it has
provided $6.5 million for rehab loans to
help low- and moderate-income home-
owners address code and energy-efficiency
issues in their homes. A commercial
business loan program has lent more than
$2 million to help small, start-up busi-
nesses, including markets, fish distributors

20 • At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012

maRgot cHeeL

One of its most recent projects is a 12- LOEWEN WINDOW CENTER
unit affordable rental housing develop- OF CAPE COD & ISLANDS
ment called Thankful Chases Pathway off
Main Street Extension in Harwich. 59 Commerce Park
Brewster, MA. 02631
“Out of Thankful Chases and P. 508.896.8866
our new strategic plan, the decision to im- E. [email protected] (Cape Cod)
prove energy efficiency came into focus,” E. [email protected] (Islands)
Bridgewater added. “We decided to mimic
what we did at Thankful Chases with the
existing 46 rental units we operate from Design. Create. Inspire.
Harwich to Provincetown. The initiative
is to harness the power of the sun to bring
down the cost of housing.”

Another initiative addresses the
Cape’s historic fishing industry. With
federal fishing regulations tightened, CDP
and the Cape Cod Commercial Hook
Fishermen’s Association have joined forces
to hold fishing permits in a community
trust, so they can be renewed each year
and stay on Cape Cod for future genera-
tions of fishermen.

Maintaining these permits helps
to preserve the local fishing industry and
preserve a year round community.

The Community Development
Partnership, formerly known as the Lower
Cape Cod Community Development
Corporation, was created by community
leaders and activists who believed the
eight towns of the Lower Cape needed
an organization focused on affordable
housing and economic development issues
unique to the area.

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P Ro D U c ts & te c H n o Lo G Y

By JosepH santangeLo

The new world of flooring

Historically, the basic Engineered flooring can be stapled, pet,” said Donna Morris of RPM Carpets
choice in flooring has been glued or floated (it attaches to itself, not & Floor Covering in East Harwich. “Then
between carpeting and the subfloor) rather than secured by nail- they decide what product or material they
wood; and between solid ing each wood plank to the subfloor. want in the carpet.”
woods and laminates.
Today, wood flooring is the product Traditionally, carpet styles were cut
now, new options are sweeping the of choice for many rooms in the home, pile (fibers cut the same height with an ap-
industry and becoming widely generally the living, dining and entertain- pearance of softness and density) or loop
used on Cape Cod and the Islands ing areas. pile carpeting (as in Berber, often used in
- particularly in higher-end homes. They high traffic areas).
include engineered floors that feature Area rugs complement the wood,
a top layer of the best-available woods by adding color and warmth. Any carpet- Now carpeting comes in other
together with several wood layers under- ing product can be bound into an area rug. styles such as plush, cut and loop, multi-
neath. Together, they resist expansion loop and patterned that includes texture
and contraction that can separate and carpeting trendS on texture and bold color combinations.
cup traditional wood planks. This often The once popular shag carpeting is mak-
occurs when seasons change from summer Wall-to-wall carpeting remains ing a big comeback, particularly in bed-
humidity to dry indoor heating. especially popular in bedrooms, family rooms - for its softness under bare feet.
rooms and play areas for its softness and
The engineered-wood flooring of warmth underfoot. Carpeting also can As for carpet-fiber materials, choices
today comes unfinished or factory-finished be installed in finished basements with now include nylon, polyester, olefin (made
in an almost unlimited number of colors special padding that resists moisture. from recycled plastics) and wool.
and patterns to complement any home
style. It can be sanded and refinished if Like wood, the latest varieties of “Nothing is like wool,” said Morris.
desired; and it is durable enough to last 40 carpeting are numerous. “It’s like having a cashmere sweater. Wool
years or more. is natural; it breathes; it improves air qual-
“When people are shopping for car- ity; and it is naturally moisture-resistant,
The visible layer of wood can be pet, the number one thing they look for is plus it has no chemicals.”
ash, birch, cherry, elm, hickory, maple, color, style and the overall look of the car-
oak, pecan, walnut, teak, bamboo, cork Studies show carpeted rooms have
and more. In a bar area, homeowners can tHe Latest caRpeting – witH BuiLt-in
achieve a cooperage look to the flooring stain Resistance, duRaBiLity and engineeRed wood pRoduct comBines
with wood made from wine barrels. En- softness – is made in paRt fRom distRessed cHaRacteR witH a
gineered flooring can have the look of RenewaBLe ResouRces Low-LusteR muLti-stain antiquing
distressed wood, hand-scraped wood, and is easy to cLean pRocess to cReate an
specialty wood, traditional plank witH Just wateR. aged wood Look.
wood and parquet squares.

Since only the top layer
is fine wood, fewer trees are used
in the manufacturing process.

22 • At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012

fewer dust-borne allergens in the air than Specialty Builders’ Supply, Inc.
those with hard surfaces. Carpet fibers &
can trap allergens, but they have to be
removed with regular vacuum cleaning. A3 Architects, Inc.

Now comes a new polymer carpet Par tnering
fiber called Sonora, which is soft, resists for a Sustainable Cape Cod
mildew and is partially made from renew-
able plant products. It is marketed under Together, we provide
various names such as Smartstrand. the expertise, experience,
products and materials
Warranties on carpeting range from to make your energy-efficient
seven years to 20 years. Well-maintained project a reality.
carpet should last at least 10 or 15 years
before it should be replaced. Discover the world’s most inspiring windows and doors.

tile trendS Specialty Builders’ Supply, Inc. A3 Architects, Inc.
508-896-8866 508-896-0051
Tile used in kitchens, bathrooms,
entry ways and other parts of the home
now are available in enormous variety. The Cape & Islands’ Loewen Window Center. At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 • 23

Today’s tile is often richer, more
colorful and larger than in the past. No
longer just beige, tile is found in a broad
range of colors. Primary colors such as red
and blue are not uncommon in tile floors
and kitchen backsplashes.

Floor tiles up to 12 inches by 12
inches or larger make a dramatic state-
ment, even in smaller bathrooms or half-

Tiles can be hand painted in many
styles to use on a kitchen backsplash or
to accent bathroom walls. Tile murals also
are an option.

Vinyl and laMinate

For the look of wood, tile or stone
at a budget price, there always is the option

of vinyl-sheet flooring and laminate
flooring which consist of multi-
layer synthetic material fused
together with a lamination.

Whatever your
flooring needs are,

today there is a
huge array of
to fit any
home, room
and budget.


ConCrete vs. asphalt

the riSing price Of Oil haS Made cOncrete highly cOMpetitiVe

Homeowners, businesses and gov- In contrast, concrete prices have • No other paving material approaches
ernments are taking a new look at remained stable – and actually dropped concrete’s strength and durability
concrete to pave their driveways, slightly since 2008. “As the price gap in standing up to heavy usage. As a
parking lots and roads. has virtually disappeared in recent years, result, concrete pavement lasts longer
concrete’s other qualities are proving very without the need for resurfacing,
That’s because the price gap be- attractive to contractors, business owners patching or surface sealing.
tween traditionally less expensive asphalt and homeowners,” says Peter Joy of Cape
and concrete has been shrinking dramati- Cod Ready Mix. • For businesses especially, that
cally in recent years due to the high cost means less downtime, which can
of asphalt’s critical component, oil. Not “Concrete always has been the jeopardize customer traffic, says
only have crude prices risen, but they are financially smartest alternative in the the Massachusetts Concrete &
very volatile – adding uncertainty to plan- long-run, but now its rate of return on the Aggregates Association.
ning large and small construction projects. investment can be measured competitively
in the short run, too,” he added. “That • Unlike oil, which comes primarily
According to the U.S. Bureau of makes all its other advantages all the more from overseas, concrete is produced
Labor Statistics, the price of liquid asphalt outstanding.” in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
has increased 350 percent in the past five from abundant natural resources.
years, leading to a doubling of paving costs. Joy notes these assets of concrete:

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• It is environmentally friendly, Concrete reduces lighting costs because its reflectivity
with less toxic run-off into the is three times greater than asphalt. A concrete parking
Cape’s water supply and estuaries. lot, for example, requires less lighting, thus reducing
According to a recent study by the costs by up to 30 percent.
U.S. Geological Survey National
Water Quality Assessment Program, be added to keep the pigment from fading “About 90 percent of concrete is
the black emulsion sealcoat applied from sun exposure, he noted. Color also comprised of crushed stone, or gravel,
to asphalt pavement has extremely can be added by acid staining the surface. sand and water – all from Massachusetts
elevated concentrations of specific and Rhode Island. Cement - which ac-
hydrocarbons that can affect Another decorative option is counts for the rest of the mixture - usually
downstream water resources. stamped concrete. This involves impress- is produced and available regionally as
ing both patterns and textures onto con- well. This reduces transportation costs
Especially for homeowners on the crete before it fully dries. Newer types of and fuel requirements.”
Cape and Islands, there is another quality stamped concrete now duplicate patterns
of concrete that trumps asphalt, especially such as cobblestones, brick, pavers, wood, He points out to contractors that
given their relatively equal prices today. flagstone and seashells. concrete can be used in conjunction with
That’s aesthetics. the LEED Green Building Rating System
Joy also observes that concrete’s to earn a LEED certification.
“Concrete can be fashioned with environmentally friendly composition is
an array of decorative textures, shapes, proving a significant plus on the Cape, Even when concrete eventually
patterns and colors,” notes Peter Zoni, where residents and businesses alike are so must be replaced, concrete can be crushed
Cape Cod Ready Mix’s sales representa- concerned with balancing building costs and recycled as high-quality aggregate.
tive. “And its overall clean look creates a with conservation.
strong first impression and lasting sense of
quality for customers.”

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How can you With the help of Joyce during
transform a boring Landscaping, they designed before
patch of grass into and built a patio; wood burn-
a gathering space ing fireplace; natural-gas grill
for family and and rotisserie; two 24-inch,
friends—one that under-the-counter refrig-
can be used as a erators (one for food, one for
breakfast bar, lunch drinks); decorative lighting
or dinner area, and plantings.
conversation pit
around a fireplace, Add to that two all-
even a setting for a weather wicker chairs and a
wedding party or loveseat with self-draining
other event ? cushions, along with a durable,
cast-aluminum table, chairs
One mid-cape and swivel bar stools. As soon
family did just that. as the snow stops and sky
clears, this outdoor living

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space is ready for another cookout or fire in the fireplace. An Just off tHe Back deck, a new patio Begins to
antique cabinet under a porch overhang keeps the summer dishes take sHape oVeR tHe winteR montHs to Be Ready
nearby, ready to use. foR tHe spRing.

From the home’s back deck, a new bluestone step, heat
tempered to remove imperfections, leads to the newly construct-
ed patio. A three-quarter-sized manufactured brick, made with
rounded edges so it looks like it has been there for years, is laid on
its side in a herringbone pat-
tern. More tempered bluestone
provides the counter area for the
outdoor kitchen and for the edg-
ing between the brick patio and
the surrounding lawn.

This backyard makeover,
concentrated in a space of about
26 feet by 26 feet, dramatically
extends the living area outdoors
for this two-story, colonial style
home—almost year round. Even
when not in use, it creates a fo-
cal point as you enter the house.
It looks through the family room

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26 Falmouth Woods Road, N. Falmouth, MA 02556 • 508.563.2626 creating a circular fire pit for outdoor
socializing. But changing Cape Cod winds could send smoke swirling toward people
seated around a fire pit. Instead, the own-
Got fog? ers decided on a standing fireplace with a
chimney that funnels smoke upward.
Save money by replacing just the foggy glass Then decorative lighting came into
in your existing window. Or treat yourself to a new the picture, as well as several electrical
tilt-wash, energy-e cient replacement window. outlets. Two bullet lights were suggested,
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of the fireplace create surround-sound
music for family and guests.

“It really has improved how much
we can enjoy the house and how we can
use the outdoors,” said the owner, who
preferred not to be identified. “Even
in November, we used the grill and sat
outside with friends. It is enjoyable to be
outside almost all year long.”

The landscape designer started by
outlining a proposed patio on the lawn.
Locations were identified for a bar area,
cooking and preparation area and seating.
Then, the backyard plan went through
several iterations. After settling on a plan,
construction took about three months.


the ccla adVantage dan helman OfficerS
Cape Cod President
“ cape cod is such a special place, and we Landscape Association dan Helman
want to preserve the natural environment Cape Coastal nursery
for generations to come in the future. pReSIdent Vice President
So, the association and its members are Chris Cotoia
conscious about products and processes executive Landscaping
that keep Cape Cod the wonderful place Treasurer
that it is. We try to do the right thing for our Candace A. mcKeone
customers and the Cape.” patriot Landscape
Immediate Past President
The Cape Cod Landscape Association includes individuals and businesses working in and Angela Cenzalli
with the green industry on Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts. We strive to elevate the e.J. Jaxtimer Landscape division
professional standards of the industry – particularly in our fragile Cape Cod natural environment.
BOard Of directOrS
For homeowners thinking of hiring a CCLA member, it means you will be working with natascha Batchelor
a professional who has the technical skills, knowledge and experience to do the job right. Our davey tree
members are educated about using best practices. We can help navigate the increasing number of Sean Bishop
regulations at the state and town level, such as tree removal permits. We live here and care about Ground effects
Cape Cod. paula marlowe
Stonewood products
Here are some of our members and their comments. dustin Wolfe
Artistic Grounds
Scott Anthony
ponderosa Landscape
emir Smaykiewciz
Greener Image

hOW tO reach uS

“Association “one of the “We develop “In the current
membership most important education and economic
signals to our thing about trade shows to climate, hiring
clients that we members of keep members a qualified
have the highest the Cape Cod current about landscape
ethics and Landscape business professional
professionalism; Association practices, who knows
that we seek to constantly educate is they have taken the time to techniques, technology, and the how to get the job done right the
ourselves about new products, constantly improve themselves, their ever-changing environment. our first time is important. Looking
technologies and processes – all of service, their education and their education opportunities cover to the membership of CCLA first
which enhances our value to our staff. I see them making an effort to all levels of member companies, when starting the search for a
customers.” better themselves and better their from employees to owners, to help knowledgeable contractor will
service to the community and their provide the building blocks for the enable any homeowner to have
chris cotoia customers.” most professional care possible.” peace of mind early on in the
executive Landscaping decision-making process. Anyone
dustin Wolfe natascha Batchelor with a truck and trailer can claim
HYAnnIS Artistic Grounds The davey tree expert Co. to be a landscaper; it takes far
more to be a CCLA green industry
mARStonS mILLS eASt FALmoUtH professional.

To learn more about the Cape Cod landscape Association Steven t. davis
or to become a member, please visit: Joyce Landscaping, Inc.

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2012landscape trends
are yOu ready fOr neW gOVernMent regulatiOnS?

By JosepH santangeLo outdoor living spaces, are opting for 6,000 or 7,000 square feet.
lighting and stone Some with 10,000 square feet are cutting
Within the next few years, govern- work are among back to 2,500 square feet or less.
ment regulations are likely to limit the use the most desired
of lawn fertilizer on Cape Cod, as well as landscaping elements. The question is what to do with the
restrict the use of automatic lawn-sprin- rest of the property around the lawn. One
kler systems. The concern is that nitrogen homeowner went so far as to plant more
fertilizer runoff is contributing to the than 1,000 square feet of strawberries, a
clogging of salt water bays with algae and plant that is edible. One mid-Cape home
underwater plant growth. is bordered by four feet of grass lawn, then
a bed of blueberries.
Phosphorus from lawn fertilizer
running into ponds causes degrading of Landscape designers and landscape
fresh water, along with fish life and scenic architects are sometimes asking a question
beauty. in return. How much of the property is
used frequently for outdoor activity, such
To stay ahead of the coming restric- as games, leisure and entertaining? That
tions, local landscapers, plant suppliers area can still have a traditional green lawn,
and homeowners are starting to talk along with patio, outdoor cooking and
about reducing the size of lawns, using seating area.
more native Cape Cod
plants and employing Infrequently used areas, however,
more organic gardening can be planted with fescue grass that
methods. grows about six inches tall, as well as
native Cape Cod plants and ornamental
Instead of 25,000 grasses. A type of fescue grass called Links
square feet of manicured Mix – also used in the rough areas of a golf
lawn, some homeowners course – needs little watering and minimal
maintenance. It can be mowed just once a

year. If this area is
required for a spe-
cial event such as a
wedding or party, it
can be trimmed for
the occasion.

Areas of
the yard that are
seldom used can
include trees,
evergreens and
other plant life in

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a natural setting. Many plants Selection of lawn grass consumer concern for the en- tion systems that use less
are drought-resistant and are is critical. Blue-grass sod re- vironment and more stringent water are the likely outcome.
suited to low-sunlight areas, so quires the most maintenance. government regulation could
they grow in difficult condi- Fescue and rye grass, on the end the use of underground Injected fertilization
tions with minimal attention. other hand, require less water water sprinklers that consume directly into the trunk of a
and mowing. hundreds of gallons per day. tree or plant may become the
To assess the yard and standard rather that spreading
avoid mistakes, landscape ar- Clover in the lawn can Water is a finite re- fertilizer on the soil.
chitects and landscape design- be a good thing. It fertilizes source. On Cape Cod it comes
ers can help property owners naturally by taking nitrogen from a single underground organic methods
draw up a plan. out of the air and turning it aquifer that supplies the entire and products
into plant food. It also fills population.
Builders, landscapers, areas where weeds might What about flower
nurseries and garden supply sprout. Weeds that inevitably “In terms of water beds, rose bushes, vegetable
stores work with landscape ar- pop up can be removed by management, the irrigation gardens and landscape beds
chitects and other profession- hand. Moss under trees and systems of yesterday will be around the lawn? The idea is
als to help customers arrive at in areas where grass won’t gone,” said Chris Joyce of to establish soil conditions at
a complete landscape plan for grow also is a good alternative Joyce Landscaping. “State the outset that are right for
the property. to a lawn. government is going to come specific plants.
down requiring auditing of
Hyannis Country Gar- For the future, the these systems. They may be Especially on Cape
den, for example, sends out emphasis will be on landscap- shut down because of high Cod, homeowners are begin-
speaker, writer and consultant ing strategies that limit water water usage.” ning to manage turf as well as
C. L. Fornari to advise clients and fertilizer use. Increasing plant beds organically, using
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booster products. Many people Landscape aRcHitectuRe
are reducing the use of lawn is tHe outdooR Room
and garden chemicals, out of oR teRRace eXtension.
concern for the environment masonRy is now a Big
and for visiting grandchildren paRt of Landscaping.
playing in the yard. pooLs witH stone
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Create a

Backyard shape, can become a focal of a kind.’” Wolfe to maintain a fish pond vs. a
point for an outdoor conversa- added. water feature. At the end of
Retreat tion area or the centerpiece of season, instead of just draining
the entire property. It can be Where to the system and blowing out
with a dramatic, with multiple layers start? The back- the lines, there is more work.
of rocks interspersed with yard waterfall
Waterfall plantings or as simple as water planning process Consequently, the low-
bubbling from a bubbler. Wa- usually begins with maintenance backyard water
There’s almost ter can flow over rocks into an a visit to a land- feature without a pond is be-
nothing so relaxing elaborate pond, complete with scape designer. The coming a more popular choice.
and comforting as fish and aquatic plants. Where property owners It appeals to the sense of sight
water in motion. space and budget are limited, a talk about what they hope to and hearing. It is soothing and
waterfall can be created with- achieve, what elements they comforting.
the sight and sound of out a pond, saving the owner want in the design (pool, pa-
water can enhance a in cost and maintenance. tio, outdoor eating and cook- The backyard water
backyard retreat, create ing area and other features.) feature is gaining in popularity
a unique feature for a home Water can flow from and whether your project is
and even hide traffic noise rocks into a swimming pool. The designer then large or small, the varieties are
from a nearby street. Water Or a swimming pool can be generates a conceptual plan endless.
features include fountains designed where water spills which may go through several
made of stone, granite or over one, two or all sides to changes and revisions, until
other materials, as well as create an infinity edge pool. a final design and budget are
streams, pools and the increas- In some cases, a designer chosen.
ingly popular waterfall. might suggest an earth berm
to create more height for the “We designed and
A backyard waterfall, water to tumble over a rock installed several fish ponds
depending on its size and structure. last year,” Wolfe said, “But
we are not installing as many
“The trend right now ponds anymore because the
is toward pondless waterfalls,” maintenance is more involved,
said Dustin Wolfe of Artistic especially if the client wants
Grounds in Marstons Mills. fish. It’s about twice the cost
“A waterfall is a water feature
that does not need a pond that
has to be maintained. Every
waterfall is different; it adds
a unique element to a client’s

Essentially, a backyard
waterfall consists of a spillway
where the water flows and a
recirculating pump. But the
size, shape, stones and sur-
rounding plantings are unlim-
ited. “We’re trying to create
unique spaces for our clients,
something that hasn’t been
done before, so they truly
can say, ‘My backyard is one

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GR W 2 3

cape cod 1 5

native plants 4 7

when it comes to landscaping the front or back yard, there is a way 6 1) Rose mallow
to save water, time and money. When you are away for an extended 9 (Hibiscus moscheutos)
period, you can leave the yard for weeks and it will still look good
when you return. Also, there are plants for your yard that are known to attract 2) orange milkweed
birds, butterflies and other wildlife. (Asclepias tuberosa)

The answer to many of these landscaping issues is to grow native, that 3) Beach plum
is to use native Cape Cod plants and materials. Often, Cape Cod native plants (Prunus maritima)
need only occasional watering. And most don’t need frequent fertilizing, mow-
ing, raking or other labor-intensive attention. 4) echinacea “prairie Splendor”
(Echinacea purpurea)
The key is to find the right Cape Cod native plant for the right location.
Lists of hundreds of native Cape Cod plants are available from various public 5) Red osier dogwood
sources, but choosing the proper plant for specific spots around the house and (Cornus sericea)
yard may take a little help.
6) dwarf Fothergilla
“The best bet is to visit a local nursery,” said Dan Helman, president (Fothergilla gardenii)
of the Cape Cod Landscape Association. “Bring a
snapshot of the location you have in mind, and talk 7) White pine
about what you want. There are a lot of plants that (Pinus strobus)
are drought-resistant and have a Cape Cod look and
feel.” 8) monarda “Jacob Cline”
(Monarda didyma)
“Choosing the right plant depends on how
much space you have, the soil conditions and the 9) Redbud
amount of sun. The location is important. If you’re 8 (Cercis canadensis)
planting below a window, you want to keep the plant
low.” 10) Barren Strawberry
(Geum fragarioides)
You can choose from lists of native ferns,
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and vines, plus a whole host of native wildflowers.

Native plants can be used around the home’s
foundation, in beds around the yard, in buffers along the woods or in a
meadow environment -- as an alternative to finely manicured lawns.

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Cape American Beach Grass lAndSCAPE
Eastern Red Cedar • Virginia Rose
Blueberry • Arrowwood Viburnum tipS tO iMprOVe
Bayberry • Beach Plum • Ink Berry drainage On
River Birch • Tupelo • White Pine yOur prOperty
Spice Bush • Hay Scented Fern
Winterberry • Elderberry Drainage on your property is
important anywhere. But, on Cape Cod,
and much more it is critical to conserving and protecting
our fragile water bodies and resources. It
Cape COD’s is about being ecologically mindful and
creating sustainable site designs.
Native plant specialists
When it comes to drainage, what
Owners Dave Faszewski and Dan Helman is the first thing you think about? Maybe
partner with homeowners and landscapers it’s a grate on the side of the road with
a network of pipes. In fact, there is a lot
to meet your unique planting needs. more to drainage than you might imag-
ine. We asked Matt Ernst of Mike Stacy
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• Use plants that rely on low water and
are drought tolerant

• Consider plants like “wet feet” whose
roots are partially or fully submerged

• Install irrigation systems that use drip
subsurface systems and rain sensors

• Decrease impermeable surfaces like
concrete and asphalt

• Consider natural swales, retention
pools and rain-garden areas

• Replace asphalt and concrete with
pavers, stone or shells

• Use rain barrels and downspouts
that lead to flow wells to reduce rain

“Using these drainage strategies
to slow, reduce or eliminate the impact
of storm-water runoff will allow the time
necessary for surface water to infiltrate
and filter itself back into our water re-
sources,” said Ernst.


By steVen t. daVis mcH, mcLp

Gardens of beauty and function are quickly gaining
popularity with homeowners. The nostalgic look and
feel of a vegetable and herb garden harkens back to our
country’s more agrarian past.

While recent focus has been on After planning and preparation it
ornamental planting, edible is time to plant your edible oasis. When
gardens took a backseat. But choosing vegetables to plant, read about
this trend has changed with higher food the habits of the plants. Vegetables, like
prices and a rediscovered love for know- other plants, have different growing fea-
ing exactly where your food comes from. tures that need to be investigated before
Families are again spending time in their your garden becomes crowded, or valuable
yards sowing seeds and planting together. growing space is wasted. Also, some veg-
etables are planted from seed while others
to begin... are planted as small plants. Corn, beans,
beets, carrots are planted from seed.
Plan where you would like your veg- Tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and green
etable and herb garden – meeting the light beans are planted from small plants.
and water needs of the plants you will grow.
Monitor the water needs of your
Prepare the site. Vegetable gardens garden, water deeply every few days, but
require a deep tilling and good compost. if damp conditions persist customize the
To test soil composition, send a sample water schedule. Do not over water. If you
to the UMASS Soil Lab. To be absolutely notice a green film forming over the soil it
sure of soil conditions, make a raised bed, means the garden is staying too wet. Fer-
on top of the existing soil. When building tilize twice during the summer. Organic
the box for the raised bed, avoid building fertilizers are preferable as you will be
materials like pressure treated wood that eating “the fruits of your labor.”
can leach harmful chemicals into the soil
and adversely affect your vegetables. While backyard gardens take work,
you and your family will experience great
Cedar lumber is a good alternative, excitement and joy when you see the
as it is naturally rot resistant and holds up plants flourish and you harvest the food
to harsh New England winters. Plans for you grew together. I’d be willing to bet
raised beds on the internet include mate- your kids will actually want to eat veg-
rial lists, so choose a design that fits your etables.
needs. Don’t have a lot of room? Try patio
planters for your favorite veggies. Steven T. Davis MCH, MCLP, is
Horticulture Manager at Joyce Landscaping

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Landscape Design landScaping, curB appeal
& Installation can add 10-percent tO
hOMe Value
Outdoor Living Rooms
Stone Walls landscaping the front yard, with that proper landscaping can increase a
Walkways edged beds of flowers and shrubs, home’s sale value.
adds to the curb appeal of the home.
Irrigation Systems Along with sprucing up any peeling paint, • A study by the U.S. Forest Service
Sod & Hydro-seeding fixing rickety fencing and uneven walk- found that trees alone add 3 percent
Decorative Plantings ways, improving landscaping in the front to 7 percent to property values.
Property Maintenance of the home is one home improvement
that generates a financial return on the The U.S. Forest Service offers a
Proven performance. investment. Tree Benefit Calculator at,
A ention to detail. Outstanding showing properly placed trees can save
Research on home values by various hundreds of kilowatts per home per year
results for over 16 years! organizations demonstrates that well- for air conditioning and reduced consump-
Let our team of professionals help maintained landscaping could add 10 tion of oil or natural gas for heating.
percent or more to the value of a home. A
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to all you want it to be. at least a dollar when the home is sold, sion is that quality landscaping often can
while creating visual enjoyment for the increase home value, curb appeal, enjoy-
28 Joaquim Road owners. Properly placed trees can reduce ment for the owners, as well as help the
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of an “ugly yard” contest. It found
lot size, plant type, plant spacing and
overall design are significant factors in
how landscaping increases the home
value of landscaping.

• A Money Magazine survey found that
good landscaping can add 7 to 14
percent to the value of your home.

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Landscape Architects found that
homeowners can receive between
100 percent and 200 percent of the
money they invest
in professional
services when xERISCAPInG and xEROGARdEnInG RefeRs to
they sell their Landscaping and gaRdening in ways tHat Reduce
homes. oR eLiminate tHe need foR suppLementaL wateR fRom
iRRigation. it is pRomoted in Regions tHat do not HaVe
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a.D. Makepeace Company • Wareham • 508-295-1000 Down Cape Engineering, Inc • Yarmouthport • 508-362-8174 Fine Gardening  Design Horticulture
A.P. Atlas Landscaping • East Falmouth • 508-524-2826 Drywall Masonry Supplies • South Yarmouth • 508-398-4100
Acorn Landscaping • East Dennis • 508-394-2144 e. J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc. • Hyannis • 508-778-6466 508-428-4185
Advanced Embroidery • Hyannis • 508-778-6516 E.J. Prescott, Inc • Mashpee • 508-539-0990
Agresource, Inc. • Amesbury • 978-388-5110 E.T.S. & L., Inc. dba EG Management Servi • Harwich
Agrium Advanced Technologies, Inc. • Loveland, CO Juliagarden Landscape Design on
303-804-4400 Eager Beaver Tree Service • Yarmouthport • 508-362-4610 Tree Care Products
AJT Supplies, Inc • Foxbourough • 781-589-1282 East Coast Truck and Trailer, Inc • Pembroke • 508-586-1666
Always Green of Cape Cod, Inc • Marstons Mills Eastern Insurance Group • Northboro • 508-393-7744 Shelter Tree carries many products from these quality Manufacturers
Ellis Landscape Services • Monument Beach • 508-759-4768 ARS • Buckingham • Corona • CMI • Doggett • Fanno
508-428-3777 Executive Landscaping, Inc • South Yarmouth • 508-790-4777 Felco • ISC • Jameson • Miller Chemical
AMA Excavating, LLC • Brewster • 508-240-1479 Fairway Lawn and Tree Service • South Dennis • 508-398-1300 New England Ropes • Petzl • PHC • Samson Rope
Anthony Landscaping • Tisbury • 508-693-8923 Fenner Construction LLC • Chilmark • 508-645-5030
APR • Marlborough • 508-485-5372 Fowler and Sons • Hyannis • 508-771-5008 Stokes Ladders • Tallman Ladders • Weaver • Yale Cordage
Artistic Grounds • Marstons Mills • 508-420-0100 G.D. Moore Landscape • Chatham • 508-945-0401 other services include:
Atlantic Irrigation Specialties Co. • West Bridgewater Gallo Construction Co., Inc • Sagamore Beach • 508-888-0346
Garden Construction • Brewster • 508-896-2850 Knife Grinding
508-617-1528 Gatekeepers Property Management • South Dennis Chipper & Stump Grinder Repair
Aubin Equipment and Marine • East Dennis • 508-760-5888
Balboni’s Landscape Supply • Plymouth • 508-746-6111 508-275-0166 Authorized Servicing Dealers for
Bartlett Tree Expert Company • Osterville • 508-428-2397 Gleason Ineson Stone Suppliers Inc • Merrimack,NH BUILT-RITE
Bayside Equipment, Inc. • East Dennis • 508-385-7494 Splitters & Conveyers
Big Guy Landscape • Hatchville • 508-457-6227 603-424-4007 CARLTON
Bigelow Nurseries, Inc. • Northboro • 508-845-2143 Grassroots Irrigation Inc • Marstons Mills • 508-428-1008
Bisco • Dedham • 800-225-8006 Great Hill Horticultural Services • Sandwiich • 508-420-1679 Stump Grinders & Disc Style Chippers
BJ’s Lawncare and Landscaping, Inc • Forestdale • 508-888-0100 Greener Image Landscaping, Inc. • East Falmouth
Blaze Landscape WOODSMAN
Blue Grass Irrigation, Inc • South Dennis • 508-385-9899 508-833-4781
Bobcat of Boston/South • Buzzards Bay • 508-759-5020 Greenscape Inc • East Taunton • 508-977-9100 Drum Style Chippers
Bortolotti Construction • Mashpee • 508-771-9399 Ground Effects Landscaping, Ltd • Marshfield • 781-834-1118
Brewster D.P.W. • Brewster • 508-896-3212 h.F. Johnson Tree Farm • Osterville • 508-428-2234 800.720.TREE
Brier Patch Landscaping • Brewster • 508-896-8621 Hammerhead Creatives • Cotuit • 508-419-1764
Briggs Landscape Construction • Marstons Mills • 508-539-7912 Hart Farm Nursery, Inc. • Dennisport • 508-394-2693 visit us on the web at:
C. Pine Associates, Inc. • Pocasset • 508-564-4465 Holmestead Nursery, Inc • West Yarmouth • 508-775-9402 195 John Dietsch Square • North Attleboro, MA 02763
C.W. Jae Landscaping • Plymouth • 508-224-9494 Home Sitters Inc • Osterville • 508-428-4471
Cape Coastal Nursery, Inc. • South Dennis • 508-398-1743 Hortica Insurance and Employee Benefits • Charlton Thank you for your patronage!
Cape Cod Aggregates • Hyannis • 508-775-3716
Cape Cod Grass Co. • Mashpee • 508-539-1910 800-441-2363 Major Credit Cards Accepted
Cape Cod Lawn Care, LLC • East Falmouth • 781-844-1389 Howes Landscape and Maintenance • Harwich • 508-430-7693
Cape Cod Regional Tech • Harwich • 508-432-4500 Hoxie Landscape Services, Inc. • Sandwich • 508-888-6272 oUtdooRS CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 • CCLA-11
Cape Cod SafeLawns • Hyannis Port • 508-775-7233 Hyannis Country Garden • Hyannis • 508-775-8703
Cape Cod Stone • Orleans • 508-255-8600 Hydrograss Corporation • New Durham, NH • 877-394-7277
Cape Cod Trailer Storage, Inc • Hyannis • 508-362-2721 Ideal Concrete Block • Wesford • 978-692-3076
Cape Cod Tree + Landscape Services • S. Chatham J + J Materials • Rehoboth • 508-564-4812
J + J Yardcare, Inc • Esst Bridgewater • 508-378-3900
774-722-0578 J. Young and Son Landscape • Falmouth • 508-540-8179
Cape Cod Truck • Orleans • 508-255-6533 J.Z. Smith Landscaping • Harwich • 508-432-8873
Cape Cod Winwater Works • Hyannis • 508-862-0166 John Deere Landscapes • Masphee • 508-944-0355
Cape Organics • West Harwich • 508-430-0267 Joseph Agrillo Jr. Inc • Bourne • 508-759-5086
Cape Resources Company • Marstons Mills • 508-428-2613 Joyce Landscaping • Marstons Mills • 508-428-4772
Cape Sand and Recycling • Brewster • 774-353-8195 JuliaGarden • Osterville • 508-428-4185
Cape Tropics • Marstons Mills • 508-420-9899 K&c freeman Lawn & Landscape
Cape Wide Horticultural Care • Mashpee • 508-419-7370 Ken Baba and Son Landscaping • Barnstable • 508-362-4005
Carey Auto • Plympton • 781-582-1378 KMK Landscape Design • Centerville • 508-771-1331
Carlozzi Tree and Landscape • Osterville • 508-775-6973 laBarge Homes • West Harwich • 508-432-6360
Central Irrigation Supply • South Yarmouth • 508-398-9800 Landmarc Contractors LLC • Norton • 508-285-4002
Central Nurseries, Inc. • Johnston, R.I. • 401-942-7522 Landscape Express • Portsmouth, NH • 508-477-2997
Childs Arborists, Inc • Marstons Mills • 508-420-1500 Landscaping by J. Michael • Marshfield • 781-834-5700 x11
Chris Mark and Sons, Inc. • Pocasset • 508-564-4610 Landscope Landscape Construction • Edgartown
Clark’s Landscaping • East Sandwich • 774-313-6100
Cloverfield Lawn Care • West Falmouth • 508-457-0134 508-696-8812
Coastal Equipment Rentals • Marstons Mills • 508-428-8808 Larchmont Engineering and Irrigation • Lexington
complete payroll solutions
Compost Guys • Carver • 508-326-6173 781-860-0569
Copper Moon Landscdape and Design, Inc • N. Chatham Laughead Landscape Company • East Falmouth • 508-540-2188
LT’s Handi-Man Services • West Barnstable • 508-420-4087
508-945-1450 Luciano and Son Landscape • South Chatham • 508-432-5899
Cranberry Landscape and Design • Brewster • 508-385-6048 M. R. Soares Co., Inc • East Falmouth • 508-548-5288
Crocker Nursery • Brewster • 508-896-5060 Maciel Land and Tree • West Tisbury • 508-693-9809
D. Schumacher Landscaping • West Bridgewater Maffei Landscape Contractors • Mahspee • 508-420-3750
Mahoney’s Garden Centers • Falmouth • 508-548-4842
508-427-7707 Maria Consultation + Design • West Dennis • 508-292-4422
Dale Tree Movers and Tree Farm • East Falmouth Marty’s GMC - Isuzu • Kingston • 781-585-7570
MDW Irrigation • South Yarmouth • 508-274-7379
508-495-3831 Men At Work Landscaping • Marstons Mills • 508-428-4770
Dan O’Leary Landscaping • Harwich • 508-737-4423 Mid Cape Nurseries • Yarmouthport • 508-362-6787
Davey Tree • East Falmouth • 508-548-2662 Mike Stacy Landscaping • Dennisport • 508-394-3747
DeMelo Brothers Landscaping • Marstons Mills • 508-428-3590 Minuteman Trucks Inc • Walpole • 508-668-3112
Desmond Well Drilling • Orleans • 508-240-1000 Misty Hill Landscape Design • North Eastham • 508-255-1587
Dewey Gardens • Centerville • 508-952-3984 ML Enterprises • Harwich • 508-246-7333
Dowling and O’Neil Insurance Agency • Hyannis Morgan Power Equipment, Inc • Halifax • 781-293-9361
Morrison’s Power Equipment • Plymouth • 508-747-9747

Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance ccLa directory continued>>>

Serving Cape Cod clients for two generations Mountain Green Landscape • Osterville • 508-428-7318
new England Turf, Inc. • Brewster • 508-896-4944
• Native plantings • Outdoor kitchens • Grading and Nickerson Tree and Landscape, Inc • North Chatham
and woodland gardens and fireplaces excavation
• Lawn and irrigation • Granite, bluestone • Custom patios, oakson, Inc. • Gloucester • 978-282-1322
installation and brick steps walkways and paver Ocean Edge Landscaping • Orleans • 508-255-8171
driveways Oesco, Inc • Conway • 413-369-4335
• Cape Cod perennial gardens • Retaining walls Old Sod Landsdcaping • Hyannisport • 508-778-4211
• Fieldstone walls • Drainage • Sono tube drilling Oldcastle APR • Holbrook • 800-462-2225
• Cobble edging • Flow wells Olde New England Granite • Lynnfield • 781-334-4805
Out On A Limb, Inc • Forestdale • 508-477-4003
and driveway aprons and channel drains patriot Landscape and Arboriculture, Inc. • Marstons Mills

Call owner Matt Ernst for a consultation 508-420-4300
Patrissi Landscaping, Inc • Harwich Port • 508-566-5317
508.394.3747 Peter’s Landscaping and Irrigation • North Eastham
CCLA-12 • oUtdooRS CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 PG Toolas LLC • East Dennis • 508-385-9203
Pine Point Company, Inc. • Wellfleet • 508-349-6700
Pine Tree Nursery • South Chatham • 508-432-8878
Plant Terra • North Falmouth • 508-540-5195
Ponderosa Landscaping • Eastham • 508-255-4773
Quality Landscaping • South Wellfleet • 508-349-9677
Quansett Nurseries • South Dartmouth • 508-636-6931
Quivett Creek Landscaping • East Dennis • 508-385-4877
r. J. Pilgrim, Inc • Plymouth • 508-746-6833
R.A.S.P., Inc • Carver • 508-866-4429
R.P. Marzilli and Company, Inc • Medway • 508-533-8700
R.P.M. Small Engine Repair • Harwich • 508-432-8161
Rain Bird • Natick • 612-695-6595
Rapoza Landscape • East Falmouth • 508-540-4328
Richey and Clapper, Inc • Sudbury • 978-443-1333
Robert Childs Inc • South Dennis • 508-509-4844
Robertsons GMC • Wareham • 508-273-0170
Rogers and Gray Insurance Agency • South Dennis

Roma Materials • Harwich • 508-430-1200
s + J Exco, Inc. • South Dennis • 508-398-9206
Safe Harbor Landscape and Design • North Chatham

SavATree • Mashpee • 508-539-8723
SC Landscaping • Mashpee • 508-477-7814
Schmidt Equipment • Brewster • 508-237-2750
Sea-Rev Landscaping • East Falmouth • 508-540-8465
Seaview Landscaping • South Yarmouth • 508-394-6692
Shamrock Landscaping • East Sandwich • 508-888-7740
Simple Signs of Cape Cod • West Yarmouth • 508-778-0536
Smitty’s Landscaping • Marstons Mills • 508-428-4388
Sodco, Inc • Slocum, RI • 800-341-6900
Southworth-Milton, Inc. • Milford • 508-457-4211
Spillane’s Nursery Corporation • Middleboro • 508-947-7773
Starboard Side Landscaping, Inc. • South Dennis

Stateline Irrigation Supply, Inc • Tyngsboro • 978-649-4444
Stephens and Sons Lawn Care • East Wareham • 508-221-6328
Stonewood • Harwich • 508-430-5020
Stringer Yard and Home Service, Inc • Osterville

Sylvan Nursery • Westport • 508-636-4573
t.W. Nickerson • South Chatham • 508-432-1655
Talbot Ecological Land Care • Mashpee • 508-539-1912
Tavares Land Design • Sagamore Beach • 508-888-1960
Techo-Bloc • Middleboro • 508-946-5200
Tedd Williams Landscape • Osterville • 508-428-8000
The Community Bank • Hyannis • 508-771-7580
The Farm - WB Richardson Growers • Orleans • 508-240-1222
The Greenskeeper Lawn, Tree & Shrub Service • East Sandwich

The Turf Company of Cape Cod • Masphee • 508-394-2004
Tim Acton Landscaping • Centerville • 508-771-8470
Triad Associates, Inc • Haverhlll • 978-373-4223
Trillium Landscape, Inc. • South Dennis • 508-760-3414
Trowbridge Property Services • West Yarmouth

Tuckahoe Turf Farms, Inc. • Canton • 800-556-6985
Unilock New England • Uxbridge • 781-389-5375
Vetelino Landscape Inc • Rockland • 781-718-0007
Vetorino’s Landscape/Irrigation • Barnstable • 508-362-9148
W + W Landscape Maintenance • N. Chatham • 508-432-8489
WC Crooker Landscaping • Harwich • 508-432-2203
West Bay Management • Osterville • 508-428-2828
Weston Nurseries • Hopkinton • 508-293-8028
Whitmore Yard Care, Inc • East Bridgewater • 508-378-2628
Whitten Landscaping • South Yarmouth • 508-394-5051
Winding Brook Turf • Wethersfield, CT • 401-639-5462
WL Landscape • Waquoit • 508-548-0291
Wll Sand / Canton • Canton • 781-828-6303

CCLA ResouRCe DiReCtoRy

MAFFei LANDsCAPe For over 20 years Maffei Landscape
CoNtRACtoRs Contractors has helped residential
homeowners enhance the beauty and value
28 Nicoletta’s Way of their properties here on Cape Cod.
Masphee, MA 02649
P: 508.477.4814 • Landscape Design
F: 508.477.4815 • Landscape Construction
• Landscape Maintenance

please call us or visit our website today
to meet your landscape partners here on
Cape Cod.

Michael Duffley
Business Development Manager

drywall Masonry supplies offers a complete
line of drywall, masonry, and landscaping
supplies to the Cape, Islands and eastern
We have a full line of bricks, patio materials,
glass blocks, cultured stone and real stone
DRyWALL MAsoNRy additionally, we are dealers for the high
suPPLies, iNC.
quality  wood-burning fireplaces  and  gas-
fired fireplaces  manufactured by Heatilator®,
277 White’s Path Napoleon®, and Quadrant-Fire®.

South Yarmouth, MA 02664 drywall Masonry supplies caters to the mason

P: 508.398.4100 and landscaper as well as the homeowner. We

F: 508.760.3364 are a family owned and operated business that strives for professionalism and service and the
highest quality service

e.J. JAXtiMeR Our Company specializes in estate care and
BuiLDeR, iNC. second homes. each employee understands
and believes in providing the highest quality,
Landscape service and commitment to each customer and
48 Rosary Lane treating you as an individual, each property
Hyannis, MA 02601 uniquely and each relationship as a partnership.
P: 508.771.4498
Building these partnerships with excellence has helped our company maintain an
outstanding reputation with our clients.

an expertly designed landscape will enhance
your home and create added value.  Let us help
you achieve the look and long term results you
have in mind.

We take pride In Our Work!

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planning Much the same way that an artist
must understand his or her medium, so
yOur too must the garden designer understand
the mediums of gardening: soil, environ-
perennial ment and plants.

garden Here are some critical design con-
siderations to consider for your garden,
what makes a garden beautiful provided by Maffei Landscape Contrac-
is unique to each owner. You tors in Mashpee.
may like quiet hues that soothe
or calm the spirit, while others prefer • Widen foundation beds. Often,
colorful exuberance that excite the senses. foundation beds are far too narrow.
While you may wish the garden to change Beds should extend at least as wide as
its appearance throughout the growing the mature plants.
season, others may want an unvarying
rendering of the design intent. • establish or re-establish a focal point.
Adding a focal point will draw the eye
While gardens are unique reflec- to it and away from an unsightly area.
tions of personal taste, intent and desires,
designers must consider not only how they • create or enhance corners. Stretching
will look on the day they are planted, but out corner beds establishes an inviting
also how they might appear one, five, or and gracious feeling. An ornamental
even 50 years later. tree or shrub placed here can anchor
and frame your home.

• find or restore balance. If you have
lost a sense of balance to your existing
landscape, plant complementary
specimens to re-balance the space.

Reliably seRving Builders, remodelers,
landscapers, Homeowners foR 30 yeaRs

Large selection
of trailers for sale

custom orders and financing available
cargo • utility • landscape • equipment

We have clean, furniture-quality
storage containers for rent.
Delivery within 1-2 business days.
Perfect for remodeling
and renovation work!

10 attucks lane (off rt. 132) hyannis, Ma 02601 508-362-2721

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JOyCE lAndSCAPInG Joyce Landscaping, Inc. is a full service, year-
round landscaping company that has been
68 Flint Street meeting the needs of residential clients on
Marstons Mills, MA 02648 Cape Cod and Southeastern massachusetts for
P: 508.428.4772 over a decade. The company’s reputation is built on its
commitment to the timely execution of quality

From custom design to comprehensive
installation, our experienced and knowledgeable
staff will create a landscape that provides a
functional, pleasing and personal environment.
We also offer complete full-season maintenance
services to keep our clients’ landscape
investments looking their best. In addition,
our certified horticulturists will create radiant
color and our turf professionals will keep our
customers’ lawns green and healthy year-round.

Beautiful properties Begin Here…

ARTISTIC GROundS Artistic Grounds is a team of skilled craftsmen
creating exceptional outdoor lifestyles for
381 Old Falmouth Road clients across the northeast. At Artistic
unit #1 Grounds, your property is the canvas on which
Marstons Mills, MA 02648 we create landscapes from the elegantly simple
to the most sophisticated outdoor spaces. our experienced professionals work closely
with you to insure your complete satisfaction.
Artistic Grounds services encompass residential
and commercial design, construction, property
maintenance, irrigation, outdoor landscape
lighting, swimming pools, fish ponds, water
features, and commercial snow removal.
As designer, contractor, and caretaker,
Artistic Grounds  assumes responsibility for
each step of the process to building  your
outdoor masterpiece. 

10 Kimball Lane-Rear 80 kidd’s Hill Road
Lynnfield, MA 01940 Barnstable, MA 02630
Farm: 781-389-8297 P: 508.362.9148

olde new england Granite is a national supplier of a wide enhancing your outdoor living residential and commercial
variety of reclaimed granite products. Hand-split granite fence, A full-service landscape company
outdoor shower and stone hedge ensembles highlight our outdoor
showroom situated at our 1.5-acre facility that we call our “Granite  
Farm”. our visitors will also find, in regular rotation, good quantities
of granite curbing, sawn and thermaled steps, landings, historic • Fall/Spring Cleanup • Lawn, tree & shrub fertilization
pavers, cobblestones, pier and foundation block, monuments,
original and hand-split granite lamp and hitching posts, water • Lawn installations • Core Aeration & Re-Seeding
feature ensembles and other unique granite relics from the past.
We ship coast to coast. • Landscapedesign, • Drainage • Mulch Installation
installation & renovation • Lawn Maintenance • Irrigation Systems
• Landscape Construction • Tree services
• Patios, walkways & stonewalls • Flea & Tick Control
• Excavation Services
• Horticultural Services
• Low Voltage Lighting

oUtdooRS CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012 • CCLA-15


Andover Collection™ Pavers
Ancestral™ Wall and Coping
Roman Pisa® Pillar

Introducing...The Andover Collection.™

For years, patios of natural stone were found only in the wealthiest homes.We’d like to introduce
an affordable alternative...the Andover Collection. It features the cleft and scale of hand-cut stone

with the dimensional stability, cost, and installation advantages of concrete pavers.
Offered in Chatham Blend or Oxford Grey, the Andover Collection consists of a five-piece set comprised

of three sizes that can create a variety of timeless patterns with the classic look of natural stone.
Westford and Waltham MA • 800-24-IDEAL

Serving New England Since 1923


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neW VOc ruleS reduce sion and contraction of cedar siding. Latex also is said to be more
paint’S laSting pOWer mildew-resistant than oil finishes.

What dO yOu dO then? Stain versus paint is another choice, and many contractors
now use solid-color stain on cedar siding. Stain is less likely to
Painting new wood or air quality. Some VOCs have peel than paint.
repainting existing been linked to cancer, as well
wood has become more as kidney and liver damage. For new construction, cedar siding can be purchased
complex, as a result of the already pre-finished by the factory in a variety of colors. Fiber ce-
latest rules on the ingredients “In the painting world, ment siding, a more durable alternative to cedar, also comes with
allowed in paints, stains and low or zero VOCs are the various factory-baked-on pigments.
other wood finishes. new world order,” said Paul
Dunn, Painting Department With proper preparation and application and
Paints and other coat- Manager at Cape Associates, a top-quality paint product, local contractors say,
ings now come with lower Inc., Yarmouthport office. homeowners can expect a lifespan of several years
levels of volatile organic com- “Where this affects our world or more from an exterior painting job, but materials
pounds (VOCs), the carbon- is mostly in exterior oil paints, are not as long lasting as they were in the past.
based solvents and pigments oil-based deck and siding
that help to penetrate, color stains and finishes. VOCs in Oil-based products for decks
and seal wood surfaces. There- an exterior oil finish are what
fore, oil-based paint products give it the penetrating power, For decks and porches, oil is still available
do not last as long, or protect ultra-violet protection and in primers and deck stains. Latex can’t pen-
as well against ultraviolet rays pigment retention.” etrate dense woods like mahogany. On decks,
and mildew, as they used to life expectancy of low-VOC sealers and stains
do. Minimizing sun damage “The new VOC laws now can be much shorter, as few as one to
and mildew are especially are having a profound impact three years.
important issues for Cape Cod on the painting industry, and
homeowners. education of the consuming Preparation is crucial and consumes up
public is crucial,” Dunn added. to 80 percent of the time on an exterior paint
Reduced VOC paint “In other words, besides good job. Power washing removes dirt, salt, mildew
ingredients especially affect prep, VOCs are the single big- and loose paint. Power sanding comes next. If old
outdoor work on siding, trim, gest component of how long a lead paint is involved, hand scraping must be done.
decks and fences. The lasting finish will last.”
power of exterior oil-based When applying paint or stain, a sprayer can
paint products are lower than Most new wood comes be used on large exterior surfaces. But painting
in the past and vary by manu- pre-primed. On houses contractors say spraying should be followed imme-
facturer. where old wood is stripped diately by back brushing the paint into the pores of
bare, many contractors use a the wood to assure long-term adherence.
As a result, painters say slow-drying, stain-blocking,
the new rules are shifting the oil-based primer. Then, two Residential and commercial property owners
painting world toward more coats of exterior acrylic latex, are advised to work with qualified, certified painting
latex, water-based products. solid-color siding stain can be contractors, especially when removing old paint.
VOCs are unstable, car- lead-paint rules
bon-containing compounds, Exterior oil-based house
some natural and some-man paints are no longer available In Massachusetts, a certified lead-safe super-
made. They are a concern be- in Massachusetts. So latex visor must be on site and in control of the work at
cause they evaporate into the must be used for finish coats. all times when work is in progress.
air and contribute to ozone
formation. Indoors they affect Latex products are Where exterior lead paint is being removed,
flexible and move with expan- the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Reno-
vation, Repair and Painting rule comes into play.

lEAd PAInT: RenoVate, RepaiR and painting RuLe



painting and indooR aiR quaLity


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paVerS are helping tO expand adding stonework
inSide liVing OutSide
to your patio
As more and more Cape
Codders expand their without a lot
living space outdoors for
fun and relaxation with of work
family and friends, they
are opting for concrete With growing demand for
pavers and landscape outdoor elements - from
retaining walls to create fireplaces to full kitchens
new spaces without - manufacturers are enhancing the
undertaking expensive quality and scale of pre-built options.
structural renovations.
Scott Benson of Unilock
Pavers are being used play or additional parking. For scape walls are a mortarless ( reports that
for patios, walkways, drive- those concerned about the system, they too can tolerate customers are asking for pre-built
ways and pool areas. environment, permeable pav- movement and do not need to wood-fired ovens, benches, wet bars,
ers offer an excellent solution. be set below the frost line. even water fountains for their patios
“On a tight budget? These designed pavers allow and outdoor living.
Start with a small area. You rain and snow to infiltrate they are eaSy tO repair.
can easily expand your space where they land, thus contrib- Maintenance is minimal. Sim- “Installation is much easier,
with pavers and walls as time uting to groundwater recharge ple measures can easily clean quicker and less expensive,” explains
and dollars permit,” says Larry and eliminating run-off. dirt and grime, and remove Benson. “pre-built elements also assure
Nicolai of Pavers by Ideal, rust and oil stains. If repairs are consumers of consistent quality. “They
which provides products to they are Very flexiBle. needed, pavers can be easily are constructed in a controlled envi-
landscape contractors and The many shapes, patterns, replaced rather than patched. ronment, using high-density concrete
homeowners on the Cape and colors of concrete pavers wall and paver products. moreover,
through their dealer, Stone- are unmatched when it comes they can Be plOWed, each unit is built with precision to
wood Products. to design creativity. Combine BlOWn Or ShOVeled exacting tolerances. now your con-
complimentary colors and eaSily in the Winter. tractor can construct an entire living
“A concrete paver patio textures for borders, circles, The beveled edge of pavers will retreat in days instead of weeks.”
provides a good starting point. and patterns. You can even prevent you from catching an
Then, consider double-sided create your own unique blend. edge with the plow or shovel. When planning a pre-built
seat walls; add an attractive Landscape wall blocks have outdoor feature, here are some
surround for your grill and the look of natural stone. they are eaSy tO inStall. considerations for builders and land-
perhaps patio or pub tables scapers – and inevitably, homeowner
for a functional accent. As day They can be laid in almost customers:
becomes evening, a cozy fire any weather condition and
pit is always a hit,” he adds. require no grouted joints, • Design and sourcing challenges
mortar - other than perimeter are eliminated.
Hardscape products they are Very duraBle reinforcement - and concrete
represent multiple benefits: sub-base or curing time. • No special tools or skills are
and laSt fOr decadeS. required for installation allowing
they are hard-WOrking Concrete pavers and walls are >> For more information contact you to maximize your crew.
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• The bonding agent used is five
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• Each unit is weight-optimized for
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• For products like pre-built
fireplaces, they come with UL-
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One note: you or your
contractor will need a loader that
can lift 4,000 pounds.

48 • At Home on CApe Cod • SpRInG 2012


2012HB&RACC Building on Our Reputation

EVENTS Custom Home Building  Artful Remodeling  Interior Design

APRIL 10, 2012 This home, built by
The Valle Group
General Monthly Meeting is currently
Presentation: Energy Code Review 1 of only 30
Presenter: Bruce Torrey certified
Four Points, Eastham Passive Houses
in the USA.
MAY 8, 2012
508 .548.1450 
Connections & Cocktails
Member 2 Member Associates Trade Show Beautiful Lights.
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Hyannis Golf Club
JUNE 12, 2012

Annual Meeting & Installation Banquet
Cape Codder, Hyannis

SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

General Monthly Meeting
Cape Codder, Hyannis

SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

BRICC Awards Banquet
Willowbend Country Club

OCTOBER 6 & 7, 2012

Home & Garden Expo
Resort & Conference Center, Hyannis

>> For more information visit our web site,

zeronet-GReen thiS hOMe WaS deSigned By
a3 architectS Of BreWSter

proJeCt MIssIon

Construct on a 7,500 square-
foot lot in a dense Hyannis
neighborhood located near
one of the windiest beaches in
massachusetts. The house was
designed as a retreat and future
retirement home for an active
family of five kite boarders.
energy modeling was used
extensively to design the house
to be net-energy zero for full-
time occupancy.

Key FeatUres DesIGn

The solar panels on the roof The 2,200-square-foot home is
provide 100 percent of the simple, yet modern with a tree
heating, cooling and electrical house feel since it is an upside-
loads, with room for additional down house, with expansive
panels when an electric car is living areas located on the
added in the future. The design second level focused out
incorporates a shed roof facing to take advantage of views
south to both collect sun and to nantucket Sound.
deflect the wind. An attached
stair tower frames the view of the The four smaller bedrooms
water as you ascend the steps. are located on the entry level.
All are elevated to heighten
the views beyond.

exterior decks envelop the
second-floor area, giving the
family great outdoor space
facing the ocean. A clean,
modern aesthetic is echoed
on the interior.

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