In order to honor their word and preserve the home's cottage appeal, but still carve out some space for their family, the couple reached out to local company Kurzhaus Designs Inc.
, to help them get creative. Because the town's strict conservation regulations prohibited them from tacking an addition onto the top floor or the sides of the house, their only option was to add a new level below, a complicated process that involved raising the house slightly off its foundation.
"It wasn't easy, but it was worth it," says Pattison. "We didn't want a McMansion; we wanted to stay true to the house and allow it to keep its scale and its authentic Cape Cod aesthetic."
Get the look: In the living room, the sofa and white chair are from Crate & Barrel; the sofa slipcover is from Needle & Shears; the lamp is from Wayfair; the pillows are from Fabric Loft, 508-778-2625.