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Inspiring Projects

Creating a French salon space
Posted Feb 12 at 2:26 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
In the hands of Wilson Kelsey Design, a bonus room at the top of the stairs became a Parisian-inspired salon for a writer and composer who needed an oasis of calm for her creative work rather than a chaotic, confining space. In order to give the artist the focus and serenity she craved, principal and interior designer Sally Wilson first addressed the floor plan. The new space needed to be “...
high-end custom mudroom
Posted Feb 7 at 6:12 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
In New England, mudrooms are a necessity, especially this time of year. These hardy rooms, often with slate, stone or tile flooring, are a gateway between the indoors and out, a space where a little grit, salt and sand is OK and we can shed our snow-soaked coats, shoes or boots (any signs of the elements, really) without dirtying our main home. Kenneth Vona Construction Mudrooms have also taken...
Posted Feb 1 at 11:03 AM in Inspiring Projects by Jen Harvey
This classic Mid-Atlantic Georgian home was designed by Charles Hilton Architects. The home’s entrance has antique wrought iron entry gates surrounded by new brick piers with limestone caps. As you enter through the gates, the home gracefully sits on a rise in the land. The Flemish bond brick Georgian features a curved Doric entry portico with a Palladian window above, and complimentary side...
sanford custom builders
Posted Jan 30 at 4:00 PM in Inspiring Projects by Jen Harvey
A custom built home in a town just outside of Boston, MA was designed to fit the lifestyle of an active family.  The backyard is perfect for entertaining all year round with a covered outdoor kitchen and eating area.  Inside, the double island kitchen provides plenty of room for dining and gathering.  A spiritual room is incorporated for the owner to practice Reiki and meditation in her very...
Boston Design Guide
Posted Jan 26 at 2:36 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Your neighborhood watering hole could be a whole lot closer. Thirsty homeowners are pulling up barstools at home and incorporating custom wet bars into living rooms, great rooms, game rooms and more. We raise a glass to high-end wet bar designs conceived by the area’s top interior designers and architects and constructed by the area’s top custom builders. No Uber required.  E.W. Tarca...
in-home bowling alley
Posted Jan 24 at 2:20 PM in Inspiring Projects by Melanie Perillo
Winter blues? Not here. Boston’s premier builders, architects and specialists have conceived some pretty amazing ways to embrace the great indoors—and we’re looking to them for inspiration. Now, we’ll grant you that the projects featured below are pipe dreams for most, but they sure are fun to look at, and got us thinking about real-world solutions to combatting a midwinter funk.  #1) Work on...
boston design guide
Posted Jan 24 at 1:28 PM in Inspiring Projects by Jen Harvey
Cozy on up with family and friends with a great sectional sofa. Whether you're hosting a small get-together or you're doing a solo Netflix marathon - the right sofa is key to relaxation and recreation. Here are a few of our favorites to complete a room of any style:  (Top photo: Interior Design by Heather Vaughan Design; Greg Premru Photography)  Built by Columbia Contracting Corp.; Brian Vanden...
Historic kitchen renovation
Posted Jan 22 at 11:37 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Here in New England, we prize our antique homes—particularly those that line the main streets of our most picturesque towns. But remodeling them can be tricky. Homeowners want to preserve all of the charm of yesteryear, but they don’t want their interiors to feel dated. It takes a savvy hand and respect for detail to freshen up an antique while protecting its pedigree. Roomscapes Cabinetry &...
Post and Beam Renovation
Posted Jan 15 at 2:25 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
A client with Floridian sensibilities approached general contracting firm Wood & Clay, Inc. to give their post and beam a whole-house renovation that would lighten up their Lakes Region home. While the client wanted a sunshine state for their Northern home and a “beachier” vibe, the dwelling’s new look is still a product of its New Hampshire setting. Along with white clapboard and gray tones...
Walk-in pantry
Posted Jan 4 at 2:55 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Homeowners building new custom kitchens have a common desire: a walk-in pantry. In this age of gorgeous, clutter-free kitchens, homeowners still need a place to store their dry goods and staples, small appliances and serveware. Frequent runs to the store in the name of beauty aren’t the answer. What is? Walk-in pantries.  Clients of Riverstone Custom Builders have been clamoring for walk-in...