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A large-scale custom renovation of a Georgian colonial in the Boston area
Posted Dec 3 at 9:10 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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A couple had long admired a gracious Georgian estate in Wellesley. They were taken with its streetside presence and imagined raising their family there. And though they weren’t looking to move, when they learned the home had been put on the market, they jumped at the chance to make the dream a reality. Suddenly talk of “if only” became a matter of “when,” and there was a new conversation—how to...
Custom high-end renovation for a Cape Cod home by Salt Architecture
Posted Nov 25 at 5:16 PM in Inspiring Projects by Edie Ravenelle
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A Scraggy Neck island house in Bourne had coastal views and good bones, yet neither were being featured well. So, Alissa Hike Harris and Chris Harris, co-owners of Salt Architecture Inc. in Falmouth, launched a renovation to fix the home's impediments. "We opened up water views from a kitchen that had been set back and walled off from the view," explains Alissa, "in addition to enlarging the...
High-end Cape Cod guest home and party barn by BPC Architecture
Posted Nov 21 at 2:35 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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In the hands of premier builders, architectural designers and landscape professionals, rugged design elements take on a heightened sophistication.... Mudroom with a tack-room feel... Builder: Merz Construction; architecture: Dewing Schmid Kearns Architects + Planners; photo by Peter Vanderwarker. Part of an addition to a Carlisle farmhouse, this generous mudroom by Merz Construction abuts an...
Marble Terrace and Fire Feature by Boston landscape professional Onyx Corporation
Posted Nov 15 at 4:08 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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It used to be that Onyx Corporation was thought of as just an excavation company. No longer. These days, the full-service Acton-based landscape contractor is tending to projects as varied as pools and entertainment spaces to orangeries and orchards to reclaimed hardscapes for historic homes. During autumn, however, “fire features seem to be what people are thinking about,” says Landscape Division...
Ernie Boch Jr. gives a video tour of his Garden Pavlion
Posted Oct 31 at 3:22 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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President and CEO of Subaru of New England, arts advocate, musician and philanthropist Ernie Boch, Jr. gives us the grand tour of his breathtaking garden pavilion, where members of his family are interred and where he plans to be laid to rest one day.  This two-floor sanctuary—hand crafted by the best of best in the New England design and construction community and located in his very own...
Handcrafted cupolas and weather vanes by Cape Cod Cupola
Posted Sep 26 at 10:44 AM in Inspiring Projects by Edie Ravenelle
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If your roof could talk it might just ask for a cupola. Why? Because a custom cupola and weather vane can bring eye-catching ornamental "bling" to your home, not to mention timeless appeal. Cupola is an Italian word from the Renaissance, a time when ornamentation defined building design. Kim and Mike Roderick, new owners as of May 2019 of Cape Cod Cupola, are all about expounding on the merits of...
High-end inset custom cabinetry by Crown Point Cabinetry
Posted Sep 24 at 5:07 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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A Manhattan homeowner first fell in love with Crown Point Cabinetry at NYC’s Home Show. It was there that she met Tedd LeBlanc of Crown Point Design/Sales and caught sight of the cabinetry that would complete the vision of her town house’s upcoming kitchen renovation. Her dream kitchen wouldn’t come to fruition until eight years later, but when it did it would include Crown Point Cabinetry.  For...
Custom Cape Cod boathouse by McPhee Associates of Cape Cod
Posted Aug 30 at 2:32 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Ahhhh, Cape Cod….sandy beaches, tangles of beach plum, classic weathered shingles. There is an undeniable vibe to this idyllic locale and the nearby islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and certain staples that we’ve come to associate with the good-for-the-soul summertime haunt. When we think of the Cape and Islands, sun-swept boardwalks, refreshing outdoor showers, perch-perfect...
The Arts and Crafts-style meets English Country in a custom suburban Boston home
Posted Aug 26 at 4:28 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Architect John MacDonald of Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, Inc. took a different approach when designing a new home for a genial, multigenerational family, who, after living in California, has put down roots in a wooded suburban lot in the Boston area. Instead of reinterpreting the Colonials and Tudors that dot the picturesque locale, MacDonald channeled the Arts and Crafts style, creating...
Roomscapes Cabinetry & Design Center Coastal Kitchen Design
Posted Aug 21 at 3:01 PM in Inspiring Projects by Edie Ravenelle
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Whether or not your home has actual ocean views, the right coastal kitchen design can feature all that you love about your favorite shore. Here's how five pros achieve that end for their clients.  Instantly Entertaining in Chatham Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center; photo by Derrick Zellman Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center Director Judy Whalen knew her clients were all about making the...

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