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A historic renovation with a French flourish by Patrick Ahearn Architect
Posted Apr 29 at 4:24 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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In order to write the next chapter for an Italianate farmhouse, with roots embedded generations deep in Belmont’s farming history, Patrick Ahearn Architect had to first work backwards. His firm, which is renowned for steeping new builds and restorations alike within a historic vernacular, had to deconstruct and remove some wayward, quick-sell renovations done in the 1990s before they could...
Custom car salon designs
Posted Apr 16 at 6:42 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Nevermind pahking the cah on Hahvahd Yahd, this is where premium vehicles are yearning to be when they’re not in the fast lane. We explore the designs of four gleaming, high-octane auto salons (we couldn't possibly call them garages) that are home to high-performance Porsches, thundering Ferraris, classic Mercedes and Corvettes and Minis with big dreams. Photography: Chuck Choi, Marcus Gleysteen...
Porte-cochère of a historic renovation by Patrick Ahearn Architect
Posted Apr 12 at 3:43 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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The porte-cochère, meaning carriage entrance in French, began as an architectural feature on palaces and manors during the reigns of Louis XIV and XV. The roofed structure, which extends from the entrance of a building over an adjacent driveway or courtyard, provided a bit of ceremony as well as functionality. Carriages could enter an interior courtyard to drop off and pick up passengers under a...
Downtown Crossing high-rise residence by Merz Construction
Posted Apr 11 at 4:22 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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There is no denying that it’s an exciting time to build in Boston. From daring new constructions to period-piece worthy historic renovations to soaring sky-high condos, every Boston neighborhood has its own flair and personality. We bring you slices of the city’s finest, each project reflective of its enclave’s unique character. Beacon Hill A Beacon Hill residence by Columbia Contracting Corp....
Peter Fallon Web
Posted Apr 5 at 4:53 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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When it came to the millwork of his new house on a quiet street in Wellesley, Peter Fallon, founder of Fallon Custom Homes & Renovations, went deep. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the high-end custom builder with his own in-house cabinetry and woodworking shop. Last fall, he welcomed us into the stately new build he had just completed, and we were greeted by layers of fine cabinetry,...
Living Room to Home Theater Transformation
Posted Apr 3 at 12:48 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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No need to descend a flight of stairs to access your home theater. Now, your living room can double as your very own screening room at the touch of a button. Evan Struhl, President and CEO of Cutting Edge Systems Corp., walks us through this living space’s A/V metamorphosis. A custom soffit was engineered around the room to house the equipment and mechanicals for the projector and the motorized...
Living room interior design by Elizabeth Home Design & Decor
Posted Mar 14 at 4:44 PM in Inspiring Projects by Kathleen Parente
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In an ode to spring and vitality, we go beyond the clover green of St. Patrick’s Day to highlight the many faces of this versatile, feel-good hue. From Kelly and electric lime to soft jades, and moss and meadow greens, this tone runs the spectrum, to be sure. Green is an instant mood-lifter; it’s blissful in a serene wash and downright unstoppable in apple.This buoyant couch provides a shock of...
Contemporary music room by architect John D. Battle
Posted Feb 26 at 4:05 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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“Artists are lively souls,” asserts architect John D. Battle of Battle Associates Architects, and he enjoys tapping into their creative spirits with his designs. Recently, he created a “farmhouse reinterpreted” on a New England countryside setting for a duo of artists who had known Battle’s work from the studios he designed for Bard College’s Fisher Art Center 20 years ago. They had tucked Battle...
Provincetown renovation with period details by Bannon Builders
Posted Jan 30 at 12:00 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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When a client from Manhattan sought to revive and add to a historic home on Provincetown’s Commercial Street, one of the seaside destination’s most coveted thoroughfares, they looked to Bannon Custom Builders. It wouldn’t be an easy job. Though the property reads like a single colonial home from the street, it is actually a four-unit condominium. The home receiving the rehab is the majority...
Pebble terrace on Ernie Boch Jr.'s garden pavilion
Posted Jan 22 at 9:20 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Interior designer Anthony Catalfano, who has worked with Ernie Boch, Jr. on his home and on the many structures throughout his property, calls the grounds of Boch’s estate, “the most beautiful garden you’ve ever seen. [The Pebble Terrace] is made of black and white stones that make a pattern,” he continues. “It’s crazy beautiful.”  Comprised of contrasting Mexican beach stones, the Pebble Terrace...

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