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New England home dressed for the holidays by The Schumacher Companies
Posted Dec 19 at 3:32 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Here at BDG, we believe that nobody wears holiday finery and decorations quite as well as the homes of New England. Our region’s classic properties were tailor-made for garlands of pine and traditional wreaths punctuated with bright red bows. As for our contemporary homes? They become even more dazzling when illuminated by thousands of tiny lights. Our (knit) hats are off to the following snow-...
The breathtaking foyer of a new residence in One Dalton, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences designed by Carter & Company
Posted Dec 16 at 2:21 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
A dynamic unit in One Dalton, Boston's chicest new address, and its antithesis—a New Hampshire lodge where time stands still—reveal the artistic range and talent of interior designer Michael Carter. At Carter & Company, “our job is to create environment,” says Principal Michael Carter slowly, in his honeyed North Carolina drawl. It goes beyond imagining beautiful spaces with pretty things. It...
High-end Boston penthouse renovation for Kistler & Knapp Builders
Posted Dec 13 at 11:15 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
A developer, who had converted a South End church into high-end city residences, was vexed at how to configure the second floor of a penthouse suite blessed with sloping roofs and a great octagonal drum. A vast space with 20-foot-high ceilings, arcing custom windows and 360-degree skyline views is a rare gift in Boston, but how do you make it a home? You hire Ruhl Studio Architects and Kistler...
Custom high-end Maine home by Slocum Hall Design Group
Posted Dec 6 at 3:50 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
We’d gladly make tracks to these wonderful, wintry retreats in the mountains... Dream of a Post and Beam Photo by Daniel Nystedt A client of Slocum Hall Design Group purchased an abandoned post and beam structure in Stowe, Vermont, with the intention of transforming the original mixed-use building (it had previously housed a small business and residence) into an inviting year-round retreat. The...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...