Cape Cod Cottage Revival

A family thoughtfully adds on to their Orleans, Massachusetts, jewel box home while preserving its original cottage charm.

Honoring the Past
Photo: Annie Schlechter; Styling: Jennifer Kain Defoe

Honoring the Past

Sometimes it can be hard to let go of the past—especially when the past is a charming cottage that backs up to the expansive waters of the Atlantic Ocean. So when Kathy Pattison and Dave Strickler made an offer to purchase a two-bedroom Cape Cod cottage from its reluctant owners, Pattison included a little something extra.

"I wrote them a letter," she says, "to let them know how much the house would mean to us and to our family. I wanted to assure them that we recognized all the love and effort that they had put into the home and to tell them that we would never tear it down."

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