CURRENT WORK

Making a building requires time. This seems so obvious as to be almost unnecessary to state. Still, depending on a project's ambition, scale, and complexity, from the first inkling of an idea it can take years to hand over the keys to a client. Sometimes, of course, it takes less time. But developing and delivering a project is painstaking, the product of conversation, care, and hard work.

These are projects we are currently working on, to give a sense of where we are headed. They are at various stages of completion, from initial concept to construction. See more about the design process here.

DRIFT ROAD WING   The second phase of the Drift Road project in Westport consists of an addition for a master bedroom suite. The owners intend to ‘age in place’ and want to place all necessary living space on the first floor of the house, freeing the second for other family members or live-in help, if and when that becomes necessary. The addition completes the composition of the forecourt, bounded by house, garage, and boat barn, and takes advantage of views to the rear of the property and, beyond, to the East Branch Westport River and the sunrise. A new porch announces the reoriented entrance to the house, now facing the road, and offers a late afternoon respite.

DRIFT ROAD WING

The second phase of the Drift Road project in Westport consists of an addition for a master bedroom suite. The owners intend to ‘age in place’ and want to place all necessary living space on the first floor of the house, freeing the second for other family members or live-in help, if and when that becomes necessary. The addition completes the composition of the forecourt, bounded by house, garage, and boat barn, and takes advantage of views to the rear of the property and, beyond, to the East Branch Westport River and the sunrise. A new porch announces the reoriented entrance to the house, now facing the road, and offers a late afternoon respite.

HORACE MANN HOUSE   A renovation and addition to a 1940s Cape in a leafy inner suburb of Boston for a young family of four and an enthusiastic dog. The addition will contain an expanded and renovated kitchen, enlarged living room, and sun room on the first floor; a master bedroom suite with a roof deck, part of which is screened, on the second; and a basement rec room and exercise studio. There will also be a front porch added. The neighborhood is made up of relatively small lots, with houses set quite close to one another, a common early- to mid-century northeastern settlement pattern. There are three primary drivers of the design: first, an enhanced relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces; second, the ability to accommodate house concerts; third, a degree of privacy relative to surrounding neighbors. There is a certain amount of tension amongst these three desires, which will be resolved by strategies of landscape screening and a smart balance of window and opaque wall.

HORACE MANN HOUSE

A renovation and addition to a 1940s Cape in a leafy inner suburb of Boston for a young family of four and an enthusiastic dog. The addition will contain an expanded and renovated kitchen, enlarged living room, and sun room on the first floor; a master bedroom suite with a roof deck, part of which is screened, on the second; and a basement rec room and exercise studio. There will also be a front porch added. The neighborhood is made up of relatively small lots, with houses set quite close to one another, a common early- to mid-century northeastern settlement pattern. There are three primary drivers of the design: first, an enhanced relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces; second, the ability to accommodate house concerts; third, a degree of privacy relative to surrounding neighbors. There is a certain amount of tension amongst these three desires, which will be resolved by strategies of landscape screening and a smart balance of window and opaque wall.

OLD MIDDLESEX APPURTENANCES   A new entry portico and family room extension for a 1980s house in a close suburb of Boston.

OLD MIDDLESEX APPURTENANCES

A new entry portico and family room extension for a 1980s house in a close suburb of Boston.


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