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The Multistory Deck

For waterfront homes and for those with a view, a multistory deck is the new must. “The deck is the place where everyone congregates come summer,” says President Paul van Steensel of Cape Dreams Building & Design, and architects are answering with tiered designs that give homeowners an array of options—some areas with full sun, others atop the roof, some tailored for alfresco dining and still others for private moments (perhaps off the master bedroom)—but all with a view.  

The whole idea, shares van Steensel, is to capture those vistas from the second floor. Cape Dreams Building & Design has done quite a few multi-level decks recently, but the Brewster beauty shown here, he says, is among his firm’s finest.

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Upside Down Cape Home

“All hail the view!” was the credo of the design and construction team of a traditional new summer home that sits atop a dune overlooking the tidal flats of Eastham. Any new construction worth its salt considers the assets of its site, but this bayside cottage, designed by architect Peter McDonald and built by Cape Dreams Building & Design, fully basks in it.

The unique vantage, with its dramatically changing currents and sands that stretch for miles, touched every aspect of this traditional Cape Cod home—from the architecture and design to the landscape and materials. 

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Jaw Dropping Home

As the Cape’s own Katharine Lee Bates stood atop Colorado’s Pike’s Peak in 1893, so awestruck by the unbridled natural beauty before her, it was then that the iconic words of what would become “America the Beautiful” began percolating in her mind. The amber waves of grain, the purple mountain majesties—Bates’ reverence for nature’s wonders is undeniable, and so too are the patriotic musings those wonders inspired throughout her song.

Over 100 years later and 2,000 miles away, it’s easy to imagine the kind of feelings Bates experienced when bearing witness to the land and seascape that greet you at one special hillside property in East Orleans.

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THE NEXT WAVE: HOME ANNUAL 2019

“Having both a business sense and hands-on experience is important, and if you can merge the two together, no matter what business you’re in, that’s the key to success. But you have to be willing to sacrifice and put the time in that it takes to get to where you want to go.”

As a child, Paul van Steensel fondly remembers his late mother reading to him “The Little Engine That Could.” It’s a story he now shares with his two young sons—the message of “I think I can, I think I can” still resonating with him to this day. At the age of 26, van Steensel founded Cape Dreams Building and Design in 2006, since becoming one of the preeminent construction firms on Cape Cod. 

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cape-cod-home-magazine-autumnA Colorful Collaboration

We are very excited to announce that a house that we built was featured in the Autumn issue of Cape Cod Home Magazine.

A colorful collaboration along the Brewster coast. Architect, builder, and a team of vendors join forces to create clients’ dream home.

Perched high on a hill overlooking the breakwater in Brewster is the latest combined venture for builder Paul van Steensel of Cape Dreams Building & Design and Brewster architect Steven Hayes. A relationship that began two homes earlier has developed into a comfortable fit for these two professionals.

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Excellence in New Construction

Perched high on a hill overlooking the breakwater in Brewster is the latest combined venture for builder Paul van Steensel of Cape Dreams Building & Design and Brewster architect Steven Hayes. Named “Mandolin Wind” after Rod Stewart’s 1971 song, this 7,000 square-foot asymmetrical, dormered and shingled Cape is a sight to behold. For the owners, Mandolin Wind is their dream oasis—a home in which they envision making memories with family and friends for many years to come.

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