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Inspiring Projects

High-end addition and renovation on Cape Cod
Posted May 7 at 4:15 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Principal Doreve Nicholaeff of Nicholaeff Architecture + Design worked makeover magic when she transformed a humble Cape Cod ranch-style home into a glorious Osterville gem. It’s hard to imagine that this is the same house, but it is indeed—and then some. Nicholaeff gave it a full renovation and addition, and more than a little vision and architectural flair. She took a home that was firmly in...
High-end Equestrian Estates and Stables
Posted May 3 at 2:44 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Country grandeur. Rolling, grassy paddocks. Raw power and beauty. Utility and grace. A beautiful farm property can move you with its natural majesty, transporting you to another time and place. Here follows a gallery of equine-minded homes and stables that are, in our minds, thoroughbreds.  Forest Edge Architecture: Shope Reno Wharton; landscape architecture: LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects;...
High-end landscape design
Posted May 1 at 10:27 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
We’ve patiently awaited our time in the sun and now that it’s arrived we know just where we’re headed—outside! Temps are soaring and so are our spirits. So pull up a chair, sofa or chaise and meet us on any one of these resplendent patios by Boston area landscape professionals.  Dana Schock and Associates’ award-winning—and magical!—terrace. It has intimacy despite the breadth of its outdoor...
Pool building and restoring
Posted Apr 30 at 11:03 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Murky and unenticing, this outdoor pool and spa was in dire need of an overhaul—its plaster and coping had deteriorated badly over the course of 20 years. South Shore Gunite Pools & Spas Inc. (SSG), which has built high quality pools throughout the New England area for over 40 years, was happy to give it the attention and help it required. The team checked and updated the pool’s filtration...
Net-positive high-end custom build
Posted Apr 21 at 9:30 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
In honor of Earth Day, we highlight three sustainable homes that are as easy on the eye as they are the environment. Each speaks volumes about the dexterity and vision of the firms that designed and constructed them, as well as the professionals' commitment to a green built environment. Net-Positive Suburban Stunner Construction by Thoughtforms Corporation; architecture by Zero Energy Design;...
High-end modern home in New England
Posted Apr 19 at 10:22 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Adolfo Perez Architect has come to be known for his immaculate contemporary homes and his luxe, linear living spaces. His award-winning settings not only have an inherent geometry, they have an attitude. His homes are born of a keen sense of place and noted for their marriage of technology, craftsmanship and sophistication. The following designs are just a sampling of his vision, every one...
Before and Afters for a Designer's Coastal Bungalow
Posted Apr 16 at 2:09 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Senior designer Julie Lyons is full of bright ideas for clients of Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center, so, when it came to transforming her own bungalow-style abode on the coast, we were beyond interested to see how she and her husband, Michael, handled her home’s transformation. Thankfully, Julie has a deep knowledge of the building and design industry as well as critical, creative eye, and...
High-end homes on the Boston Marathon route
Posted Apr 12 at 10:15 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
When the Boston Marathon comes around everyone wants to be on the route. From the starting point in Hopkinton to the Boylston Street finish line, fans and family members jockey for position as they try to scope out the very best vantage to cheer on the runners. Should they stake out turf on Heartbreak Hill and buoy the athletes in their time of need or make a beeline for the Back Bay finish line...
Easter tablescapes
Posted Mar 28 at 6:54 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
When it comes to inspiration, like you, we love paging through glossy national home magazines and scouring their websites to see what they’re up to. Veranda is pretty much our bible (if you haven’t read “The Joy of Spring” ‘Bringing Beauty Home’ section in their March-April issue, you’d best hop to it!), Elle Décor is also a favorite, and, when it comes to entertaining, despite our Yankee...
High-end townhouse renovation
Posted Mar 26 at 5:45 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
When a previous 1960s renovation ridded a Beacon Hill town house of some of its wonderful Italianate architectural details and lowered (gasp!) the ceilings by over five feet, S+H Construction was hired to return the home to its former grandeur. In order to increase the headroom but maintain the ductwork, S+H Construction reframed the interior partitions and ceilings. They also needed to reroute...