Architect AIA LEED AP
The Barn, Maine
Originally a barn and part of a working farm operated by the Perkins family of Ogunquit Maine, this post and beam structure has been transformed into a 3800 sf house with 6 bedrooms, perfect for entertaining. The project was completed in four phases. After the acquisition of an adjacent piece of land, the fourth phase, a garage capable of holding four cars was added. Note the two additional cars are accommodated on lift structures allowing two more to be parked under the raised cars. The dormers and high ceiling create space for the raised cars.
The Little House, Maine
Named the little house, this project was designed for the owners to down size into a more modest home with the space to continue entertaining at their previous scale. A post and beam house from the 1970s, this home was completely stripped down to its shell and reconstructed with a large living room structure added in the rear which alleviates the cramped low ceilings of the original house. Additionally, from most any location in the house you can see through to the outside, adding a spacious feeling to this small home.
Twin Condos, Boston
Sitting adjacent and mirrored to each other, these two condominiums with separate owners were in despite need of updating from their 1980s construction. Because these units are situated in one of the most advantageous locations of the Back Bay, the owners did not want to move, making renovation the desired approach to a new home. Although the units are the same in configuration, the owners had different styles and were looking for unique designs. Many design elements are similar but each has its own identity.
A growing family of four decided to settle in Winchester. In an expensive market, finding good housing close to schools was difficult. Faced with these issues, the couple decided a small house with the potential to become larger would be the answer. Technically a “tear down”, a 900 sf 1950s ranch will be transformed into a 2800sf, three bedroom home with dining and family room for extended family gatherings.
Pre-Fabrication Model, NH
When faced with down sizing, rising construction costs and a need to build a large home for potential re-sale, this couple chose the pre-fabrication method of construction. Built by a prefabrication company, this home arrived in six pieces on four flat bed trailers. Although the company offers design services as part of the purchase price the owners felt they needed an impartial design opinion. Design services were provided at a minimal additional cost to insure the house met their specific intent.
Not all projects are large, complex or difficult but require a close attention to detail and understanding of the greater impact architecture can have on a space. Here are a few examples of how a small project can have a large impact.
Over the years projects become designed but never built. With all good intentions some projects end up “in the drawer”. Contained here are some of these projects.
Chandler Street, Boston
Located in one of the most dynamic locations between the Back Bay and the South End, this 1970s condominium was transformed into a tree house like oasis a short walk to almost everything. This 900sf unit with private roof deck over looking the South End offers all the comforts of home right in the middle of the city with views at tree level.
415 Living, Boston
The ultimate in down sizing and green design is to learn to live with less! When you live in the city most of what you do is outside the house and home becomes a closet for your life. Transitioning from 900 square feet to less than half of that is easy when you prioritize what is truly important. This 415 square foot unit offers all the amenities at your finger tips. One of the most import aspects of living in a small space is a view beyond the space a person inhabits, for an open spacious feel.
America's Test Kitchen...
As seen on TV. credit: William Wilson Associated Architects photo: Anton Grassi
Harcourt St, Boston
A traveling executive and his partner share this tree lined pied-a-tier in the heart of the city. A worn, inexpensive 1980s renovation was replaced with an updated look and expanded kitchen and bath. The kitchen was opened to the living area while maintaining the typical appliances you would expect to find in an urban kitchen, considering its small size. The small bath was visually expanded with the removal of a bath tub and installation of an open shower with glass partition, good lighting and large mirror. Stone tile unifies the space, while the mahogany vanity adds warmth.
East Sandwich, Cape Co...
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