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High-end Boston landscape design
Posted May 21 at 6:53 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Thanks to a Blade of Grass, a family in Weston can feel like they’re on vacation on their very own property—they simply have to step outside. The award-winning Boston landscape design, installation and maintenance firm transformed a nondescript backyard into an elevated playground. Instead of a slide, swings or monkey bars, this inspired landscape design features generous bluestone paving, an...
High-end lighting and landscape designs
Posted May 17 at 10:13 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Same garden, two distinct looks. New England landscape professionals create sunny edens by day and spin magic come nightfall, carefully considering how their gardens look hour by hour and in every light. Coastal Retreat Landscape architecture by Sudbury Design Group The difference in this Cape Cod pool terrace conceived by Sudbury Design Group is, well, night and day. This coastal retreat, which...
High-end shutter transformation
Posted May 14 at 1:31 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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We recently asked a group of New England architects and builders what they would suggest for a quick beautification project to their home’s exterior. Their tip? A resounding, “add shutters.” Shutters can animate, polish and maximize a home’s curb appeal, impacting the home in a positive way—in very short time. We looked to New England Shutter Mills to see firsthand the kind of impact shutters...
High-end nursery in Boston
Posted May 10 at 8:57 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Adorable spaces for the baby, tot and tween. Because you’d give them the world (and the sun, moon and stars) if you could…. The North End nursery above, built by S+H Construction, is chock full of spirit and character. Its many architectural merits (bricked walls, oversized windows and casings) are played up by the room’s lively color palette. The homeowner did the interior design (thanks, Mom...
High-end homes with a nautical flair
Posted May 8 at 4:15 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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High-gloss surfaces, deep navy blues, starched whites, colorful flags. We can almost taste the Veuve Clicquot. We spotlight high-end living spaces that cast a maritime tone—in architecture, finishes and accents or all of the above. Kotzen Interiors Kotzen Interiors' handsome sitting area in Chatham, designed by principal Barbara Kotzen, has us yearning to breathe in salt air. Shiplap (what else...
High-end addition and renovation on Cape Cod
Posted May 7 at 4:15 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Principal Doreve Nicholaeff of Nicholaeff Architecture + Design worked makeover magic when she transformed a humble Cape Cod ranch-style home into a glorious Osterville gem. It’s hard to imagine that this is the same house, but it is indeed—and then some. Nicholaeff gave it a full renovation and addition, and more than a little vision and architectural flair. She took a home that was firmly in...
High-end Equestrian Estates and Stables
Posted May 3 at 2:44 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Country grandeur. Rolling, grassy paddocks. Raw power and beauty. Utility and grace. A beautiful farm property can move you with its natural majesty, transporting you to another time and place. Here follows a gallery of equine-minded homes and stables that are, in our minds, thoroughbreds.  Forest Edge Architecture: Shope Reno Wharton; landscape architecture: LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects;...
High-end landscape design
Posted May 1 at 10:27 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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We’ve patiently awaited our time in the sun and now that it’s arrived we know just where we’re headed—outside! Temps are soaring and so are our spirits. So pull up a chair, sofa or chaise and meet us on any one of these resplendent patios by Boston area landscape professionals.  Dana Schock and Associates’ award-winning—and magical!—terrace. It has intimacy despite the breadth of its outdoor...
Pool building and restoring
Posted Apr 30 at 11:03 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Murky and unenticing, this outdoor pool and spa was in dire need of an overhaul—its plaster and coping had deteriorated badly over the course of 20 years. South Shore Gunite Pools & Spas Inc. (SSG), which has built high quality pools throughout the New England area for over 40 years, was happy to give it the attention and help it required. The team checked and updated the pool’s filtration...
Net-positive high-end custom build
Posted Apr 21 at 9:30 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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In honor of Earth Day, we highlight three sustainable homes that are as easy on the eye as they are the environment. Each speaks volumes about the dexterity and vision of the firms that designed and constructed them, as well as the professionals' commitment to a green built environment. Net-Positive Suburban Stunner Construction by Thoughtforms Corporation; architecture by Zero Energy Design;...

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