Facing the lush communal space of Cassatt Green, the Mary Cassatt House’s inviting front porch beckons visitors to settle in with a glass of lemonade, a good book, and even better company. Its namesake, the gi;ed Impressionist painter, claims a connection to Cape Charles
through her brother Alexander, who mapped out William Scott’s rail line.
;is three-bedroom house is just under 2,000 square feet, but architect Allison Ramsey and Mary-Dolph Simpson of Simpson Builders have made the
most of every single inch.
“We designed the Mary Cassatt house to be like one of the historical Victorian cottages in the town of Cape Charles,” says Mary-Dolph Simpson.
To accomplish this feat, Simpson Builders utilized hardwood ;ooring
that resembled dri;wood, beadboard accents, and shiplap, as well as ten-foot ceilings on the ;rst ;oor and nine-foot ceilings on the second ;oor.
;e kitchen features an old-fashioned farmer’s sink, o;set by granite and
Mary Cassatt House
quartz countertops and ;ush under-cabinet lighting. “We wanted the house
to feel as large as possible,” Simpson says. “All the doors have glass transoms
above them, as they did in older homes, but we used really cool modern glass
doorknobs. One of the fun things we did was to use light ;xtures with a bit
of a modern feel, that blend so nicely with an older look.”
;e living room, dining room and kitchen are all open, creating a sense of
spaciousness, and Simpson incorporated many large windows into the home’s
design. “;e front door is a French door, not solid, which brings the out-
doors in,” she says. ;e roo;op terrace looks toward the beach and the Bay,
blending the Cassatt House seamlessly with its natural environs. ;e result
is a beautifully appointed, airy home where the past meets the present—the
perfect marriage of coziness and chic.
The Perfect Marriage of Coziness and Chic
Home Plans: Alison Ramsey Architects
Builder: Simpson Builders
Total Heated Sq. Ft.: 1,954 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3. 5
Home Staged by: Willis Furniture
Landscape Designer: Jeff Klingel
Nursery: Appleseed Nurseries
Windows: Marvin Windows & Doors
Architectural Products: Ervin
Exclusively offered at $541,000
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of Simpson Builders
"We've transported the
Victorian cottages of
neighboring Cape Charles to
the peaceful and serene
Bayside Village in Bay
Creek and added modern
conveniences. This is a small
house that lives large."