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Porte-cochère of a historic renovation by Patrick Ahearn Architect
Posted Apr 12 at 3:43 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
The porte-cochère, meaning carriage entrance in French, began as an architectural feature on palaces and manors during the reigns of Louis XIV and XV. The roofed structure, which extends from the entrance of a building over an adjacent driveway or courtyard, provided a bit of ceremony as well as functionality. Carriages could enter an interior courtyard to drop off and pick up passengers under a...
Ketra color temperate lighting
Posted Apr 11 at 9:02 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Maverick Integration is one of the first in New England to embrace a new frontier in residential lighting control: the advent of color temperate lighting calibrated to the time of day. Ketra lighting (later followed by USAI, Savant and LF Illumination) has redefined fixtures with automation that harnesses the color and temperature of natural light and brings it indoors. Gone are the days of the...
Downtown Crossing high-rise residence by Merz Construction
Posted Apr 11 at 4:22 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
There is no denying that it’s an exciting time to build in Boston. From daring new constructions to period-piece worthy historic renovations to soaring sky-high condos, every Boston neighborhood has its own flair and personality. We bring you slices of the city’s finest, each project reflective of its enclave’s unique character. Beacon Hill A Beacon Hill residence by Columbia Contracting Corp....
Kitchen Designer Donna Venegas' Charlestown Kitchen
Posted Apr 10 at 2:28 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
Owner and Designer Donna Venegas of kitchen design studio Venegas and Company was challenged when renovating her marina-side Charlestown kitchen. “It’s easy to listen to somebody and guide them,” she explains. “But to do your own house is hard, because everything you pick, is everything you didn’t pick.” She needn’t have feared. Her kitchen, which spills out to a patio where she grills (a lot...
Duravit OpenSpace shower available at Frank Webb Home
Posted Apr 9 at 3:45 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
For those tight on space in their urban digs, Frank Webb Home has an ingenious design solution: a “collapsing” shower that all but disappears when it’s not in use. Manager Deb Dumel of Frank Webb Home’s South Boston showroom introduced us to Duravit’s OpenSpace, an incredible shrinking shower enclosure with doors that fold inward towards the wall and flush with its brilliant chrome frame. When...
Marble stone transformation by Boston Stone Restoration
Posted Apr 8 at 4:18 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
During the restoration of Greenfield Town Hall in Western Mass., Boston Stone Restoration pulled up carpeting that had been there for decades to reveal checkerboard marble. Thankfully, marble is the stone care specialists’ “sweet spot,” says co-owner Melissa Bunis, though they also work on granite, terrazzo and other natural stone. Melissa and her husband, Paul, with whom she owns the company,...
Peter Fallon Web
Posted Apr 5 at 4:53 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
When it came to the millwork of his new house on a quiet street in Wellesley, Peter Fallon, founder of Fallon Custom Homes & Renovations, went deep. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the high-end custom builder with his own in-house cabinetry and woodworking shop. Last fall, he welcomed us into the stately new build he had just completed, and we were greeted by layers of fine cabinetry,...
Living Room to Home Theater Transformation
Posted Apr 3 at 12:48 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
No need to descend a flight of stairs to access your home theater. Now, your living room can double as your very own screening room at the touch of a button. Evan Struhl, President and CEO of Cutting Edge Systems Corp., walks us through this living space’s A/V metamorphosis. A custom soffit was engineered around the room to house the equipment and mechanicals for the projector and the motorized...
Mastering a Successful Home Renovation Boston Design Week Event
Posted Mar 26 at 10:58 AM in Events by Kendra Keelan
If you are thinking of starting a home renovation project and are worried about the process, if you're uncertain if a project on your property is permissible in your town, or if you're in the market to buy a home that you'll make your own, check out the Boston Design Week event "Mastering A Successful Home Renovation," March 30.  A panel of four home design and renovation experts engage in a...
Plymouth Quarries used granite steps
Posted Mar 19 at 9:33 AM in Tips & Trends by Kendra Keelan
As a five-generation deep business, Plymouth Quarries has established itself as a leading resource center for your hardscape, masonry and landscape needs. For 105 years, Plymouth Quarries has been expanding to offer everything from stone, brick and concrete products to mulch, soils and decorative stones. New ideas are always at the forefront of their business, as is a quality product. Just in...

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