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Cape Cod Pool Barn
Posted Jul 8 at 12:00 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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The moment homeowner/part-time designer Jill Morelli bought a salvaged soapstone sink from a Boston restoration store, she had a call to make. She phoned her husband to say, “I think we’re doing the barn, because I just bought the sink.” The two had been debating about whether to restore the barn on their Cape Cod property and turn it into a cool, multipurpose pool house/garage to accompany a...
Red, white and blue eat-in nook by Brookes and Hill custom builders
Posted Jul 2 at 12:24 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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We pledge allegiance to this built-in eating nook by Brookes + Hill Custom Builders, pictured above. The sturdy scarlet table anchors the white semicircular seating, cushioned by royal blue seating and star throw pillows. Carter & Company Interior Design; photo by Michael J. Lee Photography Carter & Company’s crisp white kitchen (above) is as bright as a firework and equally swoon-worthy...
Real-life boat repurposed as a bar for a Cape Cod game room
Posted Jun 28 at 9:47 PM in Inspiring Projects by Kendra Keelan
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When we first caught wind that Sand Dollar Customs was building a “boat bar” for the first level of a Snug Harbor home, we envisioned a small replication of a handsome wooden hull or maybe a poignant reference to a ship’s wheel or anchor. However, we soon learned that the Cape Cod builder and remodeler took the concept to a whole new—and intriguing—level. This handsome custom bar, christened “...
Woodland landscape setting by LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects
Posted Jun 14 at 3:56 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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While it’s true that petals have power, area landscape architects are also cultivating woodland and contemporary gardens that are devoid (or nearly devoid) of flowers. Instead, these high-end Boston and Cape Cod landscape professionals are using contrasting swaths of green, playing with the height and sway of natural grasses and shrubs, and making a statement with stone.    a Blade of Grass In...
Waterside Fire Pit Terrace by Boston Area Landscape Contractor Schumacher Companies
Posted Jun 13 at 10:18 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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There is outdoor living, and there is outdoor living. For about nine months now, we’ve all yearned to be in spaces that soak up the sun, the sky or the sea. We take a look at some incredible outdoor spaces by Boston and Cape Cod’s top landscape professionals, architects and builders.  Nantucket Playground Landscape architecture and outdoor furniture by Gregory Lombardi Design Incorporated;...
Contemporary Kitchen Transformation by Roomscapes Cabinetry & Design Center
Posted Jun 3 at 4:57 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Roomscapes Cabinetry & Design Center gave a ho-hum kitchen from the ’90s a chic and contemporary new look. This gourmet kitchen and bar now has a rich chocolate vibe, thanks to its warm, wide-plank walnut floor, Wood-Mode quarter-sawn oak Shaker-style cabinetry with an ember stain and its leathered quartzite “Fantasy Brown” countertops. Roomscapes’ designer swapped a slender, cashew-shaped...
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...

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