Another exciting project on the boards in Marblehead, MA, an addition and renovation to what the Owner describes as a “fish shack,” (which we think does not do it justice)… Sited on picturesque Redd’s Pond, with views across the Old Burial Ground Hill Cemetary, to the cove, Marblehead Light(house) in Chandler Covey Park, and the ocean beyond.
Currently on the boards, we are adding a second floor addition to a contemporary house from the 1980’s. It will be on elevated piers, with landscape and an outdoor living room below. The house is sited on the crest of a hill, with views to the coast, and the addition will be perched in the treetops to maximize the view.
It all started with a humble camp perched above the Slocum River in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Our clients had the vision to see the potential in this modest sized house, and the view that it would command, with a little bit of selective tree thinning. The house appeared to be a prefabricated house of some kind, as the front door and entry steps faced not towards the approach or driveway, but towards the rear of the property. While this “front” did face the view, nothing else about the house design suggested the majestic landscape that it was sitting in.
The House “as found,” with reverse orientation of front door
Our design began with a focus on making the house more site-specific, opening spaces to each other to create an open plan, turning compact rooms into interconnected and expansive spaces. After some debate over window size, it was decided to remove the entire wall of the house and replace it with an expanse of glass that would maximize the connection to the outdoors. We captured this in renderings posted here previously.
an early sketch on tracing paper. one of many
Ethan Smith Carpentry from Rhode Island was selected as the General Contractor, and work began in February, in a sprint for the summer, when the house would host family gatherings. The house was temporarily supported, while the facade was surgically removed. A steel moment frame was fabricated to re-support the house in the most efficient way possible, maintaining maximum sight lines for the new glass wall.
facade removed and steel ready to go in
Meanwhile the interiors were extensively renovated with two new bathrooms, a new kitchen, all new lighting, and finishes, and a new color palette. The central stair was opened up to two sides, serving as a central focal point to the interiors. The owners enjoyed their first summer in the home this summer. A few pictures of the project completed are below.
We have just begun the design of renovations to this original beauty in Concord, Massachusetts. A modern house tucked away in the woods. The simplicity and legibility of the structural frame with its infill of glass is a delight.
We’ve previously shared a few updates about our projects in Philadelphia, PA, and this is one of our biggest updates so far:
Part of a multi-phase project, we recently completed the main courtyard (here), and the second phase fitness wing is about to begin (here), and now we’re excited to share some awesome interior renderings of the lobby and amenity spaces! As with the earlier fitness center, our goal was to create spaces within spaces and de-emphasize and subvert the rigidity of the original building’s precast concrete module. However, rather than a raw, exposed aesthetic we are creating a more refined, warm, contemporary space with various wood and tile finishes. Expected Completion 2017.
Here’s a schematic proposal we are having a lot of fun with!
The clients asked for a small mudroom addition for their modest 1950’s ranch, and a new large deck to replace their beloved but undersized one. We’ve proposed a total break from the existing house, in material and architectural language: stained cedar, cable rails, non-orthogonal geometries. The design includes an expansive sloped roof that creates a covered walkway leading to the new side entrance, and further to the new deck as it juts outward. The overhang also serves to create a nice protected area to read a book on rainy and sunny days. New doors and windows connect the deck to the kitchen, which allows for convenient outdoor meals.
Construction of our design for an office fit-out for Forest City Residential is well underway in Cambridge, MA.
Adding consolidated office space, this new leasing area will provide an open setting for new lounge space, a conference area, and leasing management, and will feature custom mahogany casework, woven organic lighting, and custom wall graphics for a contemporary pop of color.
Work progresses on our related project renovations to an 1,111-SF market-rate unit, which will continue the industrial couture of the existing apartment building where the project is located. With soaring ceilings and expansive, ground-level natural light from oversize curtain-wall windows, the unit boasts loft-style living in a contemporary setting, with multiple amenities in reach from its centralized MIT locale. Both projects are expected to be complete by early February.