A modern white kitchen featuring live edge waterfall island and Marvin Elevate casement and double hung windows.
21 May 2021

California Dreamin'

Can a Southern California-style bungalow feel at home in New England? Find out how the team at Oak Development and Design made it happen.

Lizzy Antonik is the lead designer and brand ambassador for Oak Development and Design. She and her husband, PJ, execute some of the most ambitious and creative home projects in Massachusetts on their television series Heart of Oak. We sat down with Lizzy to discuss one of their most recent projects to find out how they created a California-style bungalow with a transitional New England feel that's right at home in Hingham, Mass.

What was the objective for this overall space?

We get a ton of inspiration from Southern California designs. For a long time now, we have wanted to build a California-style bungalow in New England. Crow Point in Hingham proved to be the perfect place. The goal for the space was to combine West Coast aesthetic and New England charm to achieve a modern New England home.

Any interesting unique details about this project?

This 3,900-square-foot home sits on a small lot but has a large backyard for the Crow Point area. There are four beds, two and a half baths, a dedicated office space, gourmet kitchen, walkout basement with mudroom, and custom features throughout. In the kitchen, the live edge wood, waterfall island and stone front on the sink are unique elements that served our vision of a California-style bungalow in New England.

What role did windows play in achieving that vision?

Our Wompatuck project was our biggest window order to date, specifically because of the light and bright feel we wanted to achieve in this home. Using transom windows throughout the kitchen and an Elevate Sliding French Door with sidelights helped us to accomplish the look while also offering indoor/outdoor entertaining from multiple levels of the home. Down in the basement, with its full height ceiling, abundant light gives the feel of main floor living.

This article was first published in New England Living magazine.

Photography by Melanie Chandler-Blood for Oak Development & Design