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Barn house renovation
Posted Mar 5 at 12:02 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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The homeowners of a historic farmhouse and barn in Stratham, New Hampshire, who were seriously considering downsizing, initially thought that all they really needed in a new home was internet access and proximity to the airport. But, when push came to shove, they found that they also preferred to stay close to family, if possible. They could have the best of both worlds if they could inhabit a...
Frank Lloyd Wright inspired lake home
Posted Feb 28 at 4:54 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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The general contractors we feature at Boston Design Guide regularly complete some pretty spectacular properties. We got to thinking about the project they would say represents their firm’s finest work, a builders’ Honor Roll, of sorts. Here are the projects given high marks. Manchester-by-the-Sea Estate Kistler & Knapp Builders; architecture by Epstein Joslin Architects A wildly unique...
Front walk makeover
Posted Feb 26 at 12:49 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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A home in Cohasset took on a completely different look when the front walk and landscaping was addressed. Plymouth Quarries gave this home the elements for a humble-no-more front yard and stone path that invite homeowners and guests to “walk this way.” Derek Stearns, Plymouth Quarries’ Manager of Marketing & Sales, shares that much of the success of this home’s approach is due to its...
Downy, breezy bedroom
Posted Feb 23 at 12:27 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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AGA Design We still have a few more weeks left to hibernate. Soon, that nagging, get-up-and-conquer-the-world voice will come calling, but until it does, we suggest pulling the covers up high, and enjoying some R&R in high style. With that in mind, we bring you ten dreamy bedrooms. They may inspire you to makeover your master or hit your snooze button—and either way is just fine by us. Susan...
High-end breezeway design
Posted Feb 21 at 10:37 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Breezeways are an enlightened architectural feature. They add beauty and visual interest and create cohesion between the structures of a property. They can add significant curb appeal by providing a glimpse of the property you wouldn’t otherwise see on the approach, and, in this age of clean-air living, separate garages and carriage houses and any fumes emitted there from the main living quarters...
Country house renovation
Posted Feb 19 at 1:57 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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When a stately country home in Greenwich, Connecticut, wasn’t living up to its full potential, Charles Hilton Architects renovated the home inside and out. Though the home was built in 1940s, aspects of its design evoked the far older English country homes of the Georgian period. There were elegant features worth preserving and improving, but some elements—like two less-than-stellar wings, time-...
Posted Feb 18 at 10:55 AM in Inspiring Projects by Anonymous
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Cabinetry by Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers, architecture by John Dvorsack; built by Cataldo Custom Builders  A “window seat” designed for a Cuttyhunk home, by Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers, isn’t actually a window seat at all, though it does afford a beautiful view of the sky. Situated at the intersection of the public and private realms of this low-profile island home, this custom...
Custom conservatory
Posted Feb 15 at 2:53 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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This time of year, we’re all longing to see more of the sun. With that in mind, we're pleased to present some visual Vitamin D, and a look at resplendent conservatories and greenhouses. These sun-splashed structures are immediate mood-lifters and prized home features. They also celebrate the beauty of their natural surroundings while providing shelter from the cold.  Charles Hilton Architects A...
Posted Feb 13 at 4:19 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Venegas and Company Typically, when you think built-in, you think wood. But Venegas and Company brings metal into the mix, shaking up a wet bar by combining painted walnut, polished stainless steel and antique nickel paint within its design. The effect is sleek and glamorous, particularly when paired with glass cabinetry, a hammered metal sink and smoky, patterned hard woods. Venegas and Company...
Creating a French salon space
Posted Feb 12 at 2:26 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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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 “...

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