Commercial Street residence marries modern details with rustic touchesBy Lisa Leigh Connors
If you ever visited the popular store Shop Therapy at its former location on 346 Commercial St., you wouldn’t recognize it now. Gone are the colorful murals covering the storefront, the diverse merchandise and Spank the Monkey gift shop next door.
Today, it’s a vision of beauty. The building now houses an art gallery, a jewelry store and a beautiful loft-style residence in the heart of downtown Provincetown.
Working with architect Ted Smith and local builder Kevin Bazarian, owner/builder Tom Tannariello said his vision from the start for the residence was a loft-style design for the 2,000-square-foot space. He first had to approach the town board to change it from a retail/mercantile to residential property and he worked closely with the historical commission to meet their criteria. Once he got the OK for everything, “It was an open canvas to do whatever I wanted,” says Tannariello, who also owns the gallery and jewelry store below the loft.
But first he had to fix major structural issues, which he discovered after he bought the building in 2014. When the floorboards were pulled up, columns were just sitting in sand. The workers had to reinforce and shore up the building with concrete piers and steel beam posts. It was a complete gut, says Tannariello, from tearing down all the walls to adding new plumbing electrical, siding and windows. He also double-insulated the ceilings with wool, one of the best insulations for sound, according to Tannariello.
The result of all his hard work, perfectionism and attention to detail is a masterpiece. As you walk up the stairs to Unit C, you enter a gorgeous open floor area with a family room, kitchen and dining room. Wide-plank white oak floors, stained a driftwood finish, are carried throughout the space.
The large great room, featuring views of the harbor, has a coffered ceiling, gas fireplace, and transoms over the 2/2 windows. Attention to detail prevails in the kitchen—white birch cabinets are inset with moldings and a custom-built wine rack and bar are made from reclaimed wood. “I love marrying tailored finishes with more rustic aspects,” says Tannariello. The kitchen also features granite countertops, a marble backsplash and a pot filler. The nautical light fixtures imported from Belgium and the soothing wall color, Winter Solstice from Benjamin Moore, add to the charming and peaceful setting.
The master bedroom, around the corner from the kitchen, has a deck overlooking Commercial Street, en-suite bath with a double sink and tumbled marble flooring and tile.
But the real pièce de rèsistance? The 2,300-foot deck upstairs, with its outdoor shower featuring a porthole. The deck is an open palette for the buyer, says Tannariello, who suggests a fire pit or hot tub could be added.
This stunning residence is the perfect place for someone who enjoys city life, who loves to entertain and would love a front-row seat to the annual Carnival celebration!