How to create a traditional look in a brand-new home |


On the face of it, this Virginia family weren’t asking for much. They were looking to build a new home with enough space to accommodate their four young sons and their close extended family. They wanted a place to call home, where everyone could have their own space. Oh, and although the house would be newly built, they didn’t want it to look that way. They were looking to create a sense of tradition and history. 

The result is breathtakingly beautiful. This 11,500-square-foot family house is reminiscent of a Cape Cod-style cottage. Built in the shingle-style aesthetic that’s common to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the house is the result of a winning collaboration between interior designer Skip Sroka and GTM Architects. 

Designer Skip Sroka shows us round, and explains how he balanced traditional elegance with modern-day comforts to achieve exactly the look the owners wanted.   

Kitchen diner with colorful pendant lights

(Image credit: Erik Kvalsvik)

The homeowners are New Englanders, so the exterior architecture is very much in that tradition, and was a relatively easy win. However, this wasn’t to be a piece of living history. The owners, as designer Skip Sroka esplains, ‘wanted a “new”, “Old House”. Something to grow into and love being in. Spacious, well organized, and with a place for everyone.’ The designer’s challenge was to accomplish these more ethereal requests. 


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