Private Residence - MetroWest Boston: Substantial first floor renovation and improvements to a 1992 built colonial house, including an all new kitchen, reconfigured and expanded family room, new casual dining area, two mudrooms (one from garage, one from rear deck), a new laundry room and half bathroom. Priorities were to create open space, yet maintain gathering space coziness and "proper flow" of kitchen functions, and natural light. Follows the "Not So Big House" design methodology, and approach/entry axes were deciding factors, clarifying first floor layout and circulation. Planning and design responded to existing house siting and orientation, views, solar and wind paths, and security. Quality of materials over first-cost-savings was paramount, even though smart economizing was done strategically with material selections.
Design features include: Tower corner anchor casual dining form allowed smart massing and roof terminations, deep skylight wells wash kitchen and interior spaces with natural light, and 12' long two-level island "continent" houses half of kitchen functions and has dropped soffit above for intimate effect and pendant lighting. New (for 2004) 6" wide vertical-grain carmelized bamboo plank flooring, expensive-looking dark stained custom maple cabinetry, granite countertops and tiled backsplash, 4-tile system porcelain tilework in four "wet" rooms, motion-sensored lighting at entries, high efficiency aluminum clad interior painted wood windows, low-to-no maintenance exterior composite deck and railing system, and high velocity retrofit-type Unico hydro-air HVAC system.Designed in 2003, built in 2004.
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