Residential Design

VOL2 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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We break the program into smaller pieces, narrower forms, so we can get double and triple exposures in most areas. And we like to play with form. The porch is a flat roof element—thin metal over classic columns. It bridges the gap between contemporary and traditional forms. We also play with the scale of elements and the size and arrangement of cladding. There's the long window at the stair that we wrapped in color, along with the chimney. We call that gift wrapping. Also, I don't let forms collide very often. Initially, you think the dining room volume collides with the house, but it doesn't. If you look carefully, you can see a window peeking out on the second floor. That's one of the bedrooms for the grandchildren. The upstairs has a very efficient layout for them. Two bed- rooms large enough for beds and extra chairs, bathrooms and closets for each. Many new houses de-emphasize the dining room, but this one was a focal point of the design—the central gathering place for the extended family. The clients wanted a place for Sunday night dinner with friends and family, so this room is the cornerstone of the design. It has a gabled roof, but its proportions are contempo- rary, as are the asymmetrical windows. The approach to the house is along the porch, which echoes the main house entry. It's very warm and welcoming. People walking by constantly stop the homeowner to ask about the house. This is a well-traveled street in Needham. I'll meet people from the town and I'll say I did a house there, and they'll ask if it's the one on Kingsbury. We're now doing about six houses because of it. Our client calls this her house of love and light. We're doing multimillion-dollar projects, but this is probably our greatest one, because it has so much meaning to so many people. The grandmother's bedroom extends deep into the backyard, forming a courtyard with the tandem garage. The tall, thin stair hall window and chimney are "gift wrapped" in trim and color. The garage was inspired by New England's covered bridges. 14 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2019 VERBATIM

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