What a difference thoughtful design makes! While our clients (a busy family of four) initially came to us for a new kitchen, we learned there was more to the story. Working closely with this family we began to understand the many ways in which their existing spaces did not function as well as they could for them. The renovation became both an aesthetic and functional overhaul of the main floor of the house. Without changing the footprint (size) of the house, the spaces feel larger and work better as a result of the new design. The kitchen was relocated to the corner of the first floor where it is directly connected to the family room and dining space. Careful space planning allowed for the addition of a walk-in pantry, larger mudroom and a separate powder room and laundry room. A consistent palette of light, neutral colors creates a bright, cohesive and welcoming series of interior spaces. The new kitchen features custom maple cabinets and gray quartz countertops.
Construction is nearing completion on this renovation project. All of the cabinets and built-ins have been installed, including a dropped wood soffit above the kitchen island, a built-in banquette bench with wall panels and ceiling soffit at the dining table and a wall of bookshelves and entertainment cabinet in the living room. All of the woodwork is custom-made locally from quarter sawn white oak. The new flooring is also white oak with a clear oil finish. There is a new blackened steel wood storage unit and surround for the wood stove in the living room. The countertops are white marble from Vermont, being installed this week. The resulting interior spaces are unified by the simple warm palette of materials and colors and feature abundant natural light and open sight-lines. Its exciting and rewarding to see these spaces come to life. Thanks, as always, to the great craftsmen who have worked to make this happen.
Construction is underway for this renovation project on Turkey Lane. The focus of this project is the main floor of the house, including the kitchen, dining and living spaces. Existing walls have been removed and new windows added to open up the interiors, add light and enhance the connection to the surrounding country setting. Interior materials will include quarter sawn white oak cabinets, locally-sourced white marble and charcoal-gray slate.
What a pleasure it is to work with great craftsmen. There are few things more satisfying for us as architects than to see one of our designs built with care and attention to detail. The stair for the Clark Road project is a great example. The clean lines and simple palette of materials make for a sculptural stair that complements the interiors of the house. The craftsmanship brings it to life, enhancing the clarity of the design intent. Thanks to Steve, Will, Zach and Ben for their efforts on the wood components of the stair, thanks to Mike and his crew for the great sheetrock work and thanks to Bob for the excellent painting.
Progress moves along steadily on this project. Most of the interior walls of the main living spaces have been removed, proving once again that less is more. In this case, fewer walls means more light, more views and more connections between the spaces. To enhance this affect we added new windows on the east and south sides of the house. The result is an interior that is filled with natural light and that allows for the sweeping panoramic views available from this hill-top site. At the same time, we have added new insulation to the building shell and in this case, more is definitely better. The entire roof now has new ventilation under the sheathing (created with a layer of rigid insulation), new blown-in dense pack cellulose insulation and a new layer of rigid insulation on the bottom face of the rafters for a continuous thermal break. Where we have worked on the exterior walls, we have replaced the existing fiberglass batt insulation with new blown-in dense pack cellulose insulation. All told, these changes will make for a much more livable house and will result in a drastic reduction of annual energy usage. Thanks to Jim Bradley of Caleb Contracting for the initial energy assessment, recommendations and follow-thru with the insulation and air sealing work.