July-August 2011 | GREEN ACRES




Kathy and David Green’s waterfront home is the place to be during the 20th annual Bethany Bay Cottage Tour

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Stephen Cherry

For years, Kathy and David Green would come down to the Eastern Shore and take the Bethany Beach Cottage Tour as part of their vacation itinerary. Now, for the event’s 20th anniversary, they are part of it. But in order to make their beachfront escape all that it could be, the Greens enlisted a team of top-flight professionals to get the job done.
Right around when they’d acquired their lot on Bayberry Court, they made two great decisions: First, they hired Greg Hastings of GA Hastings & Associates, then Steve Smith of Summer Hill Custom Home Builder, both out of Ocean View.

“Greg Hastings and Summer Hill have worked together multiple times in the past, and at this point we have it pretty much down to a science,” said Smith, who was on-hand this day with Summer Hill sales-and-design consultant Susan Ryan. “We’re very good at interpreting and realizing Greg’s designs, which Greg facilitates brilliantly by being unusually accessible for an architect to both the builder and the client,” a fact with which Kathy Green certainly agrees.

“Greg was phenomenal at answering any and all questions, even if they weren’t necessarily related to the design or the structure,” said Kathy, an art history major in college who now co-owns Seaquels Furniture Consignments in Ocean View.

The proud homeowner also shared that a central goal in the creation of her five-bedroom 5,100 sq. ft. stunning beach cottage was having a place that family and friends could share with consummate comfort and privacy. One giant step toward that is achieved with an elaborate deck that wraps around the rear of the house and flows down to a first-level stone patio with matching firepit — all of which overlooks the ethereal Beach Cove, where David Green’s Irish Wake sits waiting for him at its own private dock.

But the Greens and Smith refused to let style triumph over substance in this case, so the structure incorporates lots of stainless steel — even down to the screws and nails — to discourage oxidation in addition to marine-grade fixtures and Andersen 400 Series impact-resistant windows, which are designed to withstand the impact of a 2”x 4” traveling at 125 mph. As Smith puts it, “The next time a nor’easter blows in off the Atlantic, you can bet that this is where I’m gonna be!”

The Greens got even greener with a Rinnai tankless water system, a geothermal climate-conditioning system (which they can’t praise highly enough) and a circa-R30 insulation factor that not only seals the house like a sarcophagus but also provides library-like noise reduction.

The exterior of the Nantucket-beach-cottage-style home is complete with no.1-grade red cedar shakes and a standing-seam roof in red with cupola that adds equal parts character and durability while evoking the spirit of a turn-of-the-century lifesaving-station.

Off the upper deck, meanwhile, is a fantastic 220 sq. ft. sun porch, or Florida room, with bright and sunny casement windows over a glazed Saltillo tile floor with animal prints baked right into them in Mexico. A charming farmhouse table with seating for up to 12 and a wicker chair and loveseat combo add coziness and warmth, as does the 1”x 6” tongue-and-groove cedar ceiling overhead.

The kitchen is equally special. With a scrumptious Ferrari-red Bertazzoni commercial-grade stove — affectionately dubbed “Big Red” its owners — imported from Italy as the centerpiece, the kitchen boasts linen-shade Shaker-style cabinetry by Legacy (installed by Jon Clavette of Blue Water Cabinetry in Lewes) with a matching
subway-style brick backsplash, and appliance doors, except for the stove, cunningly camouflaged by linen Shaker-style doors. The exotically rich countertops are black soapstone with gray veining — all in a honed finish that has an amazing texture
and that the Greens oil on a regular basis to keep beautiful.

The butcher-block-style center island is made of rich 100% Australian cypress, which appears as the flooring, staircase handrails and much of the cabinetry throughout the home.

Other neat trim features include four-foot wainscoting with an elegant six-piece plinth-block custom-molding package, whose turn-of-the-century look is perfectly conducive to the overall cottage vibe. When you hit the tour, check out the foyer’s Plantation Hanger 6 pineapple light in pearl bronze by Hinkley.

The spacious first-level master suite features rear-deck access and a propane-gas see-through fireplace that looks onto the adjoining family room, while the master bath sports lots of granite under the Aussie cypress cabinets of the his-and-hers vanities. David, a corporate tax specialist, reports that the accompanying Italian-tile steam shower with glass transom is a true blessing for his sinuses. Hunter Douglas provides the home’s window treatments and includes offerings from both the Plantation and Vertiglides series. When you’re checking out the first-level amenities, don’t miss the great room’s three-drawer Bombay chest, huge four-sided ottoman with insert trays and fish-print fabric and the guest bath’s hand-painted ceramic fishbowl sink from Mexico. There’s also a study with pocket French doors and a complete wet bar in case you get hit by a wave of contemplation and thirst.

The upstairs fun includes rooms with names. The “tall person” room, for example, has a king bed with a distressed five-drawer dresser in green with fluted trim and brassy drawer pulls; the attached sitting room is a great space for a visiting infant in addition to being the home of David’s grandpa’s rocker and Kathy’s childhood dresser. Foot-massage river stones embedded in the floor of its bath and charcoal porcelain tile help guarantee a stress-free stay in the room.

Other mirthful upper-level quarters include the aptly named “fun room,” with its beachy surfer feel and regatta-blue walls, and “Meaghan’s room,” which is bright and sunny, thanks largely to the Tatani Tan color scheme that Kathy commissioned. En route to these spaces, a Tommy Bahama rattan buffet waits in the hallway, holding a series of black-and-white family photos that are emblematic of the cozy warmth that permeates the home’s every nook and cranny.

Ultimately, the Greens got the dream cottage they’ve always wanted but also some great new friends in Summer Hill’s Steve Smith and Susan Ryan, who, with their respective spouses, frequently socialize with the Greens.

“David and I don’t have the words to describe how thankful we are to Steve, Susan and Summer Hill,” praised Kathy. “With them, you get so much more than you’ve bargained for… not just incomparable talent and professionalism; they’re also such great people, you don’t want to see the relationship end after the house is built!”

How many builders can you say that about?

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