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High-end New England architects and builders
Posted Mar 20 at 1:26 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Repeat after us: "I love New England. I love New England." But sometimes, particularly when the third nor'easter in two week's time is heading our way, even the hardiest New Englanders among us could use a little reminder about why we chose to live here. We're hoping that the following views, brought to you by Boston's best custom builders, architects and professionals, help get you through the ...
Waterfront renovation with roof deck
Posted Mar 12 at 11:33 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
We recently learned of a sensational home renovation on Boston’s South Shore by architect Roger O. Hoit Architect. The firm took an ugly duckling on Hingham Harbor and turned it into an elegant swan. The client literally phoned architect Roger O. Hoit, AIA, to report that they had “just bought the ugliest home in Hingham,” shares the South Shore architect, and that they’d like him to turn it into...
High-end living room with blue and white decor
Posted Mar 5 at 2:52 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Preppy, chic, coastal, Oriental, so many looks, so little time. There may be no other color pairing with quite the versatility or timelessness of blue and white. We salute designs that do it right.... photo by Sam Gray Kotzen Interiors, LLP Nantucket Looms Patrick Ahearn Architect Vu Design LDa Architecture & Interiors SLC Interiors, Inc. Main image: Surroundings Home, photo by Greg...
Barn house renovation
Posted Mar 5 at 12:02 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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The homeowners of a historic farmhouse and barn in Stratham, New Hampshire, who were seriously considering downsizing, initially thought that all they really needed in a new home was internet access and proximity to the airport. But, when push came to shove, they found that they also preferred to stay close to family, if possible. They could have the best of both worlds if they could inhabit a...
Frank Lloyd Wright inspired lake home
Posted Feb 28 at 4:54 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
The general contractors we feature at Boston Design Guide regularly complete some pretty spectacular properties. We got to thinking about the project they would say represents their firm’s finest work, a builders’ Honor Roll, of sorts. Here are the projects given high marks. Manchester-by-the-Sea Estate Kistler & Knapp Builders; architecture by Epstein Joslin Architects A wildly unique...
Front walk makeover
Posted Feb 26 at 12:49 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
A home in Cohasset took on a completely different look when the front walk and landscaping was addressed. Plymouth Quarries gave this home the elements for a humble-no-more front yard and stone path that invite homeowners and guests to “walk this way.” Derek Stearns, Plymouth Quarries’ Manager of Marketing & Sales, shares that much of the success of this home’s approach is due to its...
Downy, breezy bedroom
Posted Feb 23 at 12:27 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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AGA Design We still have a few more weeks left to hibernate. Soon, that nagging, get-up-and-conquer-the-world voice will come calling, but until it does, we suggest pulling the covers up high, and enjoying some R&R in high style. With that in mind, we bring you ten dreamy bedrooms. They may inspire you to makeover your master or hit your snooze button—and either way is just fine by us. Susan...
High-end breezeway design
Posted Feb 21 at 10:37 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Breezeways are an enlightened architectural feature. They add beauty and visual interest and create cohesion between the structures of a property. They can add significant curb appeal by providing a glimpse of the property you wouldn’t otherwise see on the approach, and, in this age of clean-air living, separate garages and carriage houses and any fumes emitted there from the main living quarters...
Country house renovation
Posted Feb 19 at 1:57 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
When a stately country home in Greenwich, Connecticut, wasn’t living up to its full potential, Charles Hilton Architects renovated the home inside and out. Though the home was built in 1940s, aspects of its design evoked the far older English country homes of the Georgian period. There were elegant features worth preserving and improving, but some elements—like two less-than-stellar wings, time-...
Custom conservatory
Posted Feb 15 at 2:53 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
This time of year, we’re all longing to see more of the sun. With that in mind, we're pleased to present some visual Vitamin D, and a look at resplendent conservatories and greenhouses. These sun-splashed structures are immediate mood-lifters and prized home features. They also celebrate the beauty of their natural surroundings while providing shelter from the cold.  Charles Hilton Architects A...