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Peter Sachs Architect custom renovation with Pella Windows
Posted May 20 at 3:25 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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An adventuresome client with a Tudor house in Newton came to Peter Sachs Architect with an unusual request: to create an addition featuring a family room, kitchen and mudroom, three bedrooms and a three-car garage that “would de-Tudorize” their dark home. Principal Peter Sachs knew what the homeowner was getting at; though picturesque, “the Tudor style has a tendency to look inward,” he explains...
Boston area landscape design by Matthew Cunningham
Posted May 14 at 9:37 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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There’s not much sweeter than springtime in New England, and it’s coming, we swear! Until it is here to stay, feast your eyes on these lush, lavish gardens. They are truly a sight for sore eyes…. The Schumacher Companies Bursting with bulbs, this cheerful residential garden tended by Schumacher Companies gives Holland a run for its money with its beds of sun-loving tulips, daffodils and...
Contemporary staircase by Kistler & Knapp Builders
Posted May 13 at 9:23 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Far more than a means of access, staircases can be the home or office’s single largest statement maker, representing both the height of design and craft. Both functional and sculptural, the perfect staircase immediately commands the attention of all who enter, all but shouting the word “custom!” from the rafters. The following stairways are nothing short of, well, heaven. They are not just works...
Posted May 8 at 1:59 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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For this distinguished set of architects, no two homes are alike. Every residential design is client-driven and customized for the homeowners’ taste and lifestyle. And yet, the four projects featured here seem to whisper the identities of their makers, and are emblematic of the form and flair of their respective firms.D. Michael Collins Architects’ fresh-faced farmhouse predated the modern...
A historic renovation with a French flourish by Patrick Ahearn Architect
Posted Apr 29 at 4:24 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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In order to write the next chapter for an Italianate farmhouse, with roots embedded generations deep in Belmont’s farming history, Patrick Ahearn Architect had to first work backwards. His firm, which is renowned for steeping new builds and restorations alike within a historic vernacular, had to deconstruct and remove some wayward, quick-sell renovations done in the 1990s before they could...
Custom car salon designs
Posted Apr 16 at 6:42 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Nevermind pahking the cah on Hahvahd Yahd, this is where premium vehicles are yearning to be when they’re not in the fast lane. We explore the designs of four gleaming, high-octane auto salons (we couldn't possibly call them garages) that are home to high-performance Porsches, thundering Ferraris, classic Mercedes and Corvettes and Minis with big dreams. Photography: Chuck Choi, Marcus Gleysteen...
Porte-cochère of a historic renovation by Patrick Ahearn Architect
Posted Apr 12 at 3:43 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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The porte-cochère, meaning carriage entrance in French, began as an architectural feature on palaces and manors during the reigns of Louis XIV and XV. The roofed structure, which extends from the entrance of a building over an adjacent driveway or courtyard, provided a bit of ceremony as well as functionality. Carriages could enter an interior courtyard to drop off and pick up passengers under a...
Downtown Crossing high-rise residence by Merz Construction
Posted Apr 11 at 4:22 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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There is no denying that it’s an exciting time to build in Boston. From daring new constructions to period-piece worthy historic renovations to soaring sky-high condos, every Boston neighborhood has its own flair and personality. We bring you slices of the city’s finest, each project reflective of its enclave’s unique character. Beacon Hill A Beacon Hill residence by Columbia Contracting Corp....
Peter Fallon Web
Posted Apr 5 at 4:53 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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When it came to the millwork of his new house on a quiet street in Wellesley, Peter Fallon, founder of Fallon Custom Homes & Renovations, went deep. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the high-end custom builder with his own in-house cabinetry and woodworking shop. Last fall, he welcomed us into the stately new build he had just completed, and we were greeted by layers of fine cabinetry,...
Living Room to Home Theater Transformation
Posted Apr 3 at 12:48 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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No need to descend a flight of stairs to access your home theater. Now, your living room can double as your very own screening room at the touch of a button. Evan Struhl, President and CEO of Cutting Edge Systems Corp., walks us through this living space’s A/V metamorphosis. A custom soffit was engineered around the room to house the equipment and mechanicals for the projector and the motorized...

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