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Sweet Escape: 14 Spectacular Secondary Spaces

Sea-Dar construction, secondary spaces

1. A Rooftop City Oasis with a Living Plant Wall: Sea-Dar Construction

Sea-Dar construction, secondary spacesYou would never think this serene spa and courtyard sits right in the middle of Boston. A true urban escape, this rooftop retreat features a custom made spa with custom-designed living moss wall mural that thrives in its perfectly-positioned home beneath an existing skylight.

Sea-Dar construction, secondary spacesLimestone walls and light ashwood sconces frame the feature wall centerpiece, and offer a stunning vista from the stainless steel and glass tile pool. A thermally broken Hope’s door provides a grand entrance from the courtyard to the spa.

(Photography: Trent Bell, Architecture: Hacin & Associates, Builder: Sea-Dar Construction)

2. A Cliffside Pool House Built for Entertaining: CM Ragusa Builders

CM Ragusa Builders, Secondary Spaces
Equal parts practical and fun, this fully applianced pool house is furnished with all the fixings to entertain, including a beer pong table custom made by CM Ragusa Builders, a wine dispenser, and a kegerator. With walls that completely open all around, the pool house transforms into an outdoor space with additional seating and entertaining space just steps from the indoor area.

CM Ragusa Builders, Secondary Spaces

To keep the pool deck sleek, a discreet hatch that blends into the surrounding bluestone floors cleverly conceals the pool’s mechanical equipment. With cedar shingle siding, eyebrow and captions windows, and copper roof details, the pool house exterior flawlessly matches the look of the main home on the cliff above, which was also fully renovated by CM Ragusa. 

CM Ragusa Builders, Secondary Spaces(Photography: Rob Karosis, Architect: Olson Lewis, Builder: CM Ragusa Builders)

3. A Teahouse Cottage for Gardenside Gathering: Costello Fine Homes

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This Mattapoisett property boasts a fairytale tea house right in the middle of the land’s flourishing gardens.  Inside the tea house is a fully open concept layout with a cathedral-style ceiling and whimsical furnishings that suit its idyllic surroundings.

Secondary Spaces, Costello Fine HomesWith water views, open space and a fireplace, this garden-front getaway is the perfect place to embrace the serene harbor, any time of day.

Secondary Spaces, Costello Fine Homes(Photography: EDK Studio, Architect: Saltonstall Architects, Builder: Costello Fine Homes, Shutters: Shade and Shutter, Windows and Doors: Marvin Design Center)

4. A Reimagined 19th Century Barn: Sequoia Custom Builders

sequoia custom builders, secondary spacesA restoration of a late 19th century barn, this space serves as a multipurpose structure with an office and music room area on the upper level. The lower level boasts a large entertaining space, complete with a full bathroom, exercise room, and wet bar.

sequoia custom builders, secondary spacesIts modern functions are complemented by salvaged original plank board flooring and an exposed timber frame. Even with these original features preserved, a fully habitable, insulated and conditioned space was achieved.

sequoia custom builders, secondary spaces(Photography: Beth O’Brien Photography, Architect: Cummings Architecture + Interiors, Builder: Sequoia Builders)

5. An All-Encompassing Family Sports Complex: Sanford Custom Builders

Meadowbrook, Weston, Sports Complex, Interior, LDa, Coughlin Interiors, Sanford Custom BuildersNestled by lush woodlands and next door to the primary home, this family sports complex and retreat space is complete with a squash court,  kitchen, recreation lounge, guest suite, gym, indoor putting green and golf simulator.

Meadowbrook, Weston, Sports Complex, Interior, LDa, Coughlin Interiors, Sanford Custom BuildersThe contemporary space features large windows and simple furnishings that let the raw beauty of the surrounding natural landscape shine through.

Meadowbrook, Weston, Sports Complex, Interior, LDa, Coughlin Interiors, Sanford Custom Builders(Photography: Dan Cutrona - exterior, Michael J. Lee - interior, Architect: LDa Architecture, Builder: Sanford Custom Builders, Interior Design: Coughlin Interiors, Landscape Architecture: LeBlanc Jones, Landscape: R.P. Marzilli)

6. A Contemporary Fully Applianced Cabana: MCGEOUGH Custom Homes

mcgeough custom homes, secondary spacesAl fresco is the move in this tricked out cabana, fitted with marine grade custom cabinetry and everything you need for poolside entertainment. A cedar exterior with Fry Reglet modern corners echoes the contemporary vibe of the adjacent primary home.

mcgeough custom homes, secondary spacesHidden steel in the roof system allows for clear span, and an adjustable lighting system lets the fun roll into the evening. Just steps away from the cabana is a paloform fire pit, featuring a color matched powder coat finish.

mcgeough custom homes, secondary spaces(Photography: Drone Media, Builder: MCGEOUGH Custom Homes)

7. A Cozy Sauna Retreat: C2MG Builders

C2MG Builders, Secondary SpacesThis versatile standalone space embodies a fusion of cultural influences and local craftsmanship. Rustic and charming, it embodies a fusion of cultural influences and local craftsmanship, with carefully selected materials that prioritize sustainability and locality.

C2MG Builders, Secondary SpacesThe Alaskan yellow cedar-lined sauna serves as a serene centerpiece within the space, featuring exterior siding sourced from a nearby mill. An American-made stove brings the heat and merges tradition with modern comfort. Beneath the cozy upper level sleeping area is a spacious living space designed for both relaxation and entertainment.

C2MG Builders, Secondary Spaces(Photography: Damianos Photography, Builder: C2MG Builders)

8. A Seaside Pool House that Brings the Zen: JW Construction

secondary spaces, JW ConstructionNothing says tranquil like this indoor/outdoor space, steps from the pool and overlooking the sea.

secondary spaces, JW ConstructionWith walls that completely open up to the outside, this space calls for plenty of fresh air and deep breaths. secondary spaces, JW ConstructionWith a spacious yoga studio and fully-equipped living area, this standalone structure is a secluded, comfortable retreat. Imagine having your morning coffee with this view!

(Photography: Surette Media Group, Builder: JW Construction, Architect: Nicholaeff Architecture & Design, Landscape Design: Hawk Designs)

9. A Grand Natatorium: Benchmark Builders

benchmark builders, greg premruThis stunning natatorium was part of a full-scale renovation of a charming old-world Georgian Revival home, reimagined for the modern era. The natatorium underwent a complete reconstruction to accommodate a brand-new pool deck, an advanced climate control system, an integrated swim gym technology system, a secret vault for pool equipment storage, and a stunning fiberglass skylight that invites the outdoors in.

benchmark builders, greg premruThe height of the pool was raised, and the pool itself was completely resurfaced. This space was built to be enjoyed year round, with easy access to an adjacent outdoor seating area.

(Photography: Greg Premru, Builder: Benchmark Builders, Architect: Mayer + Associates Architecture)

10. A Pool House with a Protective Landscape: Merz Construction

merz construction, pool houseThis multi-purpose pool house was crafted for both fun and function, with a stonewall and wildflower landscape designed to prevent possible damage to the surrounding wetlands. The pool house itself includes indoor and outdoor kitchen amenities, an outdoor shower, power room and laundry.

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Elegant scissor-truss timber-frame construction, plus a standing seam copper roof, copper rain chains, native blue stone walkway, chemical-free pool, and groundwater recharge system blend durable high design with forward-thinking functionality.

(Photography: Sean Litchfield & Richard Mandelkorn, Builder: Merz Construction, Architect: LDa Architecture & Interiors, Landscape Architect: SiteCreative Landscape Architecture, Landscape: R.P. Marzilli)

11. A Resplendent Terrarium: Parker Construction

parker construction, secondary spacesThis sun-filled secondary space is a plant lover’s dream, equally stunning from the inside and outside. The details truly bring the terrarium to life, with an organic chandelier that draws the eye toward the sky above. This bright space is a perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea, quiet reading time, or simply to stroll amongst the greenery.

parker construction, secondary spaces(Builder: Parker Construction)

12. A Fairytale Poolside Oasis: Soderholm Custom Builders

soderholm custom builders, secondary spacesSituated on a hill that overlooks the Boston city skyline, this private stretch of property makes the most of its vast site. The gorgeous millwork shown on the main home continues in the poolside retreat, where the finishes give it a personality all its own. soderholm custom builders, secondary spaces

The carefully thought out sequence of spaces on the family compound brings every square foot to life, with something incredible to be discovered at every turn.

soderholm custom builders, secondary spaces(Photography: Richard Mandelkorn, Builder: Soderholm Custom Builders, Architect: Shope Reno Wharton, Landscape Architecture: Sudbury Design Group)

13. David’s Barn - An Animal Lover’s Legacy: Tucker Associates

tucker associates, secondary spacesThis multi-use structure, affectionately titled ‘David’s Barn,’ was created to honor the enduring legacy of a lifelong animal lover. tucker associates, secondary spacesIt serves as a home for animal rehabilitation, integrating a beautiful rustic design that reflects the warmth and compassion at the heart of its meaningful purpose.

tucker associates, secondary spaces(Builder: Tucker Associates)

14. Modern Prairie Home Spa: Concept Building

Concept Build Indoor Pool

Overlooking a stretch of woodlands beyond, this home spa is as serene as it is stunning. It includes an elegant fireplace that is transparent to the outdoors, an indoor spa designed by Combined Energies Inc., and a striking lighting system above. The entire space features the same modern prairie style as the rest of the property. he retreat space is complete with a sauna and home gym. Yes, please!

Concept Building Indoor Spa

(Builder: Concept Building Inc., Architecture: Slocum Hall Design, Interior Design: Briar Design, Spa and Pool: Combined Energies Inc., Home Automation: SDI, Landscape: Natural Wall Solutions, Photography: Warren Patterson)



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