Residential Design

VOL.2 2018

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

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resale and marketability were concerns. Still, he and his wife acquiesced and that opened up more possibilities for David's team to design a commodious home. To get the plans through the review board, it was import- ant to understand what the old building contributed to the neighborhood. "The Boston Preservation Alliance had come out against demolition," says the architect. "They were most concerned about the idea that this would set a prece- dent, so there was a ton of scrutiny on the project. We had to bring in three structural engineers and do three separate reports to prove the existing house was not in salvageable condition." Once the city agreed to condemn the building, clients and architect had to win approval of the design for its replacement. "What people liked about the existing building was that it was eclectic," says David. "It had a big central window and a series of smaller windows that broke up the repetitive rhythms of the street. We took cues from the old building and incorpo- rated them into the new design." Top and above: Large-format parquet flooring updates a classic look in the family kitchen. The materials palette is conservative and timeless—cocoa-stained white oak floors and cabinetry, Calacatta marble, white cabinets, and stainless steel. 36 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2018 CASE STUDY

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