Built in 1802, the classic gable-front cottage in the Provincetown, MA, had everything Ezra Block and Jimmy Hung were looking for in a seaside retreat: an off-the-beaten-path location (down a quaint oyster-shell-paved lane), a generous flower and vegetable garden, and a free-standing shed large enough to host summer parties. Most important, the home offered unspoiled New England charm.
“Shortly after we moved in,” Ezra recalled, “Jimmy remarked on how our little house was so ‘unique.’ As an architect, I could see that nearly every house on our street was, at one time, the exact same as ours, but most had been bumped out or expanded in ways that hid their simple truth.” Honoring and enhancing that simple character became the central tenet of the couple’s design approach. Join us for a tour:
Though the previous owners were restrained in their renovations, they did leave one calamitous legacy that Jimmy and Ezra did not discover until moving day. “While Jimmy was unpacking and I was making sandwiches, I started to feel a bit wheezy,” Ezra recollected. “We knew the previous owners had cats, and my allergies are pretty serious, but we had assumed a thorough cleaning would do the trick. As it turned out, I had to evacuate the house.” Perhaps a blessing in disguise, the incident forced the couple to hit the pause button, allowing them to tweak the palette as fresh finishes were applied to every surface of the home.