January 24, 2020 | Sandy Giardi
Born and bred Bostonians Arthur Massaro and Kate Durrane of Columbia Contracting Corp. know the city’s neighborhoods well—their charms and eccentricities. When building within the city limits—whether new constructions or historic renovations—it’s crucial to have a builder that knows the ins and outs of each enclave, from permitting to logistics to best practices.
This striking townhouse in a tight-knit neighborhood is a testament to the custom builder’s dexterity. Working within a width of just 27 feet, with only a 2.5-foot alleyway and little to no access, Columbia Contracting Corp. had to demo the existing structure by hand before building from the ground up. (We do mean up; the statuesque row house has three levels, culminating in a cedar roof deck.)
Building a new construction single family custom home is almost unheard of in Boston’s Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown and South End neighborhoods,” explains Director of Operations Kate Durrane. So, how exactly does a home like this reach completion?
Photo by Warren Patterson
Through constant coordination, virtuosic staging, live loading, delivery management (from the order setup to the size of the truck that can navigate a single-lane street), police details, crane lifts and cooperation from the neighbors. Organization is paramount with such a small footprint. Says Durrane, “Everything is connected and interconnected.”
To learn more about the city builder, visit columbiacon.com.
Architecture by Flavin Architects; Interior Design by Erica Darnall Design; photos by Keitaro Yoshioka except where noted.
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