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Renovation to an antique home
Posted Sep 17 at 9:04 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Talk about taking your job home with you… Own our Publisher Melanie Perillo really went the extra mile on this Makeover Monday and is now firmly ensconced in a renovation of her own at her 1790s antique Sudbury home. The goal? A modern farmhouse kitchen, and then some. Today, the crane came out and the project has entered the demo stage. “It’s all happening,” says Melanie, and there’s no going...
Contemporary Cambridge Renovation
Posted Sep 10 at 4:32 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Principal Doug Hanna of S+H Construction knew immediately that the transformation his firm and Architect Will Ruhl were planning for a 3,500-square-foot contemporary home in Cambridge would not be your everyday makeover. The property of interest was formerly an abandoned municipal garage that was converted into a residential living space in the 1950s by Paul Rudolph, one of the Modernist era’s...
Mugnaini pizza oven installation
Posted Sep 6 at 9:36 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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  A beautiful kitchen-in-the-making in Chestnut Hill, designed by Duckham Architecture & Interiors, just received the highlight of the room—a Mugnaini pizza oven—and Boston-based builder Fallon Custom Homes & Renovations called us in to see a slice of their progress. Mugnaini specializes in authentic wood-fired pizza ovens that bring that warm, open-hearth experience home. These ovens are...
Great room by the water by Sherman Associates
Posted Aug 30 at 2:34 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Labor Day is upon us, which means that vacation homes will soon be at capacity as owners and their houseguests come by car, plane and ferry to celebrate the best of the extended, if bittersweet, weekend. To honor this more-the-merrier outlook, we showcase eight gorgeous great rooms. The following come-hither open-plan living spaces are where the action is—at least, when revelers aren’t on the...
Posted Aug 27 at 4:55 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Landscape architecture firm The MacDowell Company took a cookie-cutter backyard in Lexington to a higher level, creating an alfresco living room and outdoor kitchen where family and friends can gather to barbecue and watch the game. The spacious grounds provided a ready canvas for a redesign, which began with the removal of the deck and stair off the kitchen for the upgrade to a multi-programmed...
Gloucester home renovation
Posted Aug 20 at 6:16 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Cummings Architects, together with Clarke Associates, LLC, transformed a boxy, lackluster ’80s construction on Gloucester’s coveted Eastern Point into a beautiful vision in blue. Unlike its predecessor, the “new and improved” home is heavy on character, decidedly fresh, and yet very much in keeping with the architectural traditions of this envied North Shore locale. The design team channeled the...
Carefree coastal home
Posted Aug 16 at 2:35 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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“The hardest challenge about creating this waterfront shingle style home was making it appear to be simple,” confesses Arthur Hanlon, AIA principal of Shope Reno Wharton (SRW), and the project architect for a refreshing yet serene summer getaway located on an incredible piece of property. The home, a new construction built by Kenneth Vona Construction, is accessed by a wooded road that meanders...
Indestructible beach home
Posted Aug 2 at 4:29 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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A family had spent just one weekend in their new Falmouth beach home when a microburst from an epic summer storm barreled up Buzzards Bay as they slept, lifting a portion of the roof from their traditional Cape house. While the family was shaken, they were unharmed. Their home, however, was not. Because of the excessive storm and water damage, the only real option for the young family was to...
Upside-down house
Posted Aug 1 at 3:13 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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This modern new construction, propped high on piles, was designed by Gakidis & Stewart Design Group and built by Bannon Builders. With a carport and elevator on the ground level, the beach home’s livable spaces begin on the second floor, making the one-story cottage that sits between the home and the water, a nonissue. Three bedrooms and two baths occupy the second story, while the living...
Contemporary Beach Home on Cape Cod
Posted Jul 31 at 12:51 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Within a seaside enclave lined with hydrangea and traditional beach cottages clad in cedar shingles turned silver-gray by salt air and the passage of time, a contemporary beach house has emerged. The retreat, designed and built by Architectural Design, Inc. (AD), sits atop a coastal dune overlooking the famous Brewster flats, where it has a front-row seat to dramatic shifts in the shoreline of...

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