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Posted Oct 27 at 3:55 PM in Inspiring Projects by Jaci Conry
A water-front boathouse provides an idyllic escape for homeowners in Orleans andwins McPhee Associates a Silver BRICC award for Excellence in Design and Construction. McPhee Associates worked closely with the homeowners, who spend a great deal of time on the water, to create a new boathouse on their property. Located on Arey’s Pond, the boathouse provides direct access to Pleasant Bay and the...
Posted Oct 13 at 3:08 PM in Inspiring Projects by Jaci Conry
The Scandinavian term friluftsliv translates to “open-air living.” Coined in the 1850s by playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen, the term was used to describe the value of spending time outdoors exploring and connecting with others to enhance physical and spiritual well-being. Friluftsliv is a bit of a buzzword these days, says landscape architect Bernice Wahler, who notes that she is guided by the...
backyard with pool
Posted Oct 12 at 1:48 PM in Inspiring Projects by Jaci Conry
A historic property in Little Compton gets sustainable updates and a refined landscape with timeless appeal. One of the first homes built in Little Compton, this property came into being in 1790. The rustic Cape Cod-style house and adjacent barn, set amid four verdant acres, ultimately became a gentleman’s horse farm. The current owners who live year-round in Boston purchased the place as a...
Posted Oct 8 at 10:39 AM in Inspiring Projects by Jaci Conry
A cherished 19th century residence is reimagined to suit the tastes of a young family. Set on a verdant lot near Newton’s Waban Village, the homeowners loved the gracious Victorian they bought in 2018. “Aesthetically, however, it wasn’t them,” says interior designer Heather Vaughan, who collaborated with architect Peter Sachs to renovate the home to suit the family. The project involved...
front view of modern house
Posted Oct 1 at 4:33 PM in Inspiring Projects by Jaci Conry
Marcus Gleysteen designs a Maine residence that’s fine-tuned for its empty-nester inhabitants. Architect Marcus Gleysteen is most interested in designing floorplans based on the real needs of the people who will live in the home. For a couple in their 50s with grown children, he recently implemented a prototype concept he devised for empty-nesters in which all the primary living spaces are on one...
Dusk view of custom designed shingle style home Metrowest, MA
Posted Sep 30 at 10:41 AM in Inspiring Projects by Jaci Conry
A new home is designed in reverence to its deeply wooded setting.   When the homeowners asked Michael Lynch, of Lynch Construction and Remodeling, to visit a lot they were considering purchasing to build their next home, he noticed another much larger parcel across the street. “I suggested that they consider the other lot instead, because it had so much more value than the first one,” recalls...
Posted Sep 14 at 3:58 PM in Inspiring Projects by Jaci Conry
An antique carriage house is reimagined for a couple of doting grandparents by Acampora Interiors. The homeowners of this 19th century home in Concord—a former carriage house—downsized from the large house in which they’d raised their four kids. “However, the couple is very family-centric. They have lots of grandchildren and two dogs,” says Corinne Acampora, principal of Wellesley Hills-based...
Posted Sep 14 at 1:35 PM in Inspiring Projects by Marykate Forte
A revamped roofline accommodates more opportunities to take in the view. With copper gutters, extensive trim details, and an abundance of custom elements, this renovated home in Harwich Port is full of nautical charm. Yet the current owners felt that the original Cape design did not capitalize on the second-floor square-footage or take advantage of the home’s incredible harbor view. A renovation...
bedroom with wood ceiling and bruins jersey on the wall
Posted Aug 23 at 1:22 PM in Inspiring Projects by Jaci Conry
An inspirational group effort led by Tim O’Connell, Tommy’s Place isa haven that offers a respite from reality for families battling cancer. Tim a developer in Boston and Martha’s Vineyard, had a dream. It all started in the summer of 2007, a renter planning to use O’Connell’s house on Martha’s Vineyard cancelled at the last minute. So, he walked into Tufts Floating Hospital for Children and...
view of the back of a beautiful home along the water
Posted Jul 7 at 3:31 PM in Inspiring Projects by Marykate Forte
Playful flourishes, a serene palette, and plenty of ocean views give this home a lovely, laid-back appeal.  Panoramic views of the harbor, a staircase with cut-out abstract lighthouses, and tucked away nooks in turrets overlooking the ocean make this waterfront property a unique work of art. This custom home designed and built by Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSD) was the firm’s...