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Outdoor porch with TV, fireplace and heaters by Land Design Associates
Posted Nov 16 at 12:06 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Outdoor heaters are helping to take the shoulder season to extremes, and, thankfully, extending opportunities for gathering outdoors. But being outside doesn’t have to leave you and your family cold. BDG recently polled our Instagram followers for their favorite among these five heated outdoor spaces. Land Design Associates’ inviting outdoor pavilion (pictured above) won the popular vote. Where...
Custom pool and spa
Posted Nov 13 at 2:43 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Ten days before a scheduled trip to Hawaii for a spring vacation, an athletic young family moved in to a custom new dream house surrounded by woodland. Just as the residence began to feel like home, the COVID-19 crisis struck, trip plans were cancelled, and the family, like those everywhere, was suddenly housebound. The build was fortuitous, as the all-American Colonial Revival—designed by...
Custom fireplace design by Sudbury Design Group
Posted Nov 3 at 8:04 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Outdoor fire features have been a saving grace during COVID and continue to be. In this season of staying home, fire pits and fireplaces have served as destinations on our own properties and as a breath of fresh air from the confines of home. These soul-warming fireside designs are among our favorites…. Holy Smokes! Masonry by BrickStone Design + Build; photo by Keitaro Yoshioka This wood-...
Botanica—at-home professional gardening
Posted Sep 9 at 9:16 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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R.P. Marzilli & Company embraces the home gardening trend with Botanica, a new arm of their full-service landscape business dedicated to designing, cultivating and maintaining custom edible and home gardens. Now families can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables harvested in their very own backyard—no green thumb required. For 35 years, R.P. Marzilli & Company has brought beauty to the...
Modern living room with home integration system by SDI
Posted Aug 20 at 4:34 PM in Lifestyle by Andrea Mingels
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Smart technology has enhanced and simplified our everyday lives for years— first it began with the smart phone, followed by smart TVs, smart cars, and now smart homes. Systems Design & Integration has turned the once futuristic idea of smart homes into a modern-day reality, as they design and integrate smart systems into every room of the home.Contemporary media edge frame by Leon | Custom...
Suburban Boston pool house by Brendon Properties
Posted Jul 10 at 9:49 AM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Perhaps more than any other architectural structure, pool houses are designed with recreation and relaxation in mind. These functional, feel-good outbuildings allow homeowners to vacation in their own backyard and soak up the beauty of the landscape. No longer simply shelters for a quick change or toweling off après swim, pool houses have become luxurious, stylish settings equipped for full days...
A coastal garden with a touch of whimsy by Schumacher Companies
Posted Jun 25 at 5:06 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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These settings capture the magic and mystique of the Cape and Islands, and the singular talent of its industry professionals. Wish you were here!  Coveside Fun Photo by Brian Vanden Brink Family fun is always on the program in a waterfront setting overlooking the harbor and a rebuilt boathouse. Designed and built by Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSD).  Fisherman's Hideout Photo...
Crown Point Cabinetry's Brian Stowell Gives a Father's Day Golf Tip
Posted Jun 19 at 11:30 AM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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In honor of Father’s Day, we reached out to Brian Stowell, President of Crown Point Cabinetry, to provide all of those fathers out there with a helpful golf tip. Stowell, a self-proclaimed golf addict, is actively involved in The First Tee program. In fact, Crown Point helped found a local chapter of The First Tee New Hampshire to introduce life skills to children ages 5-17 through the game of...
Outdoor kitchen and dining terrace by McPhee Associates of Cape Cod
Posted Jun 16 at 9:16 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Whether noshing, sipping, grilling or indulging, it’s officially time for fresh-air feasts in nourishing settings. Everyone’s favorite table is under the sky or the stars, perhaps this year more than ever. Let these tables, bars and settings serve as food for thought…. Designed and built by Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders (PSD); image by Brian Vanden Brink  This scene from a...
Simple ways to mark Memorial Day
Posted May 22 at 4:22 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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This Memorial Day weekend will likely look a little different from those of the past. Main Street won’t be drawing crowds for parades, highways likely won’t be crawling with cars and harborside restaurants won’t be humming. While those of us with beach or lake homes may be headed to open them for the season, others will be staying put. No one, however, can deny that Memorial Day weekend marks the...

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