Residential Design

VOL.2 2018

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Right: Another skylight in a secondary bath ushers natural light down from the roof. Here, application of the boldly veined Calacatta marble is unrestrained. modern, minimalist way. The wall behind it evokes the mill- work of another era, but is actually a series of built-in cabinets for storage and audio/video equipment. The master bedroom has a similarly pared down fireplace surround, done in marble instead of granite. The master bath is swathed in the same Calacatta as the kitchen, with respite for the eyes found in the all-white floor tiles, white vanities, and monochrome vessel tub. An upper-floor bathroom goes a little wilder with the mar- ble—it's on the walls, tub surround, floor, and counter. Above the vanity, a skylight brings soothing natural light down from the roof. Everything is tasteful and timeless. The formal level comprises a catering kitchen, living room, dining room, and access to the courtyard. The third floor is devoted entirely to the master suite, and the fourth floor holds two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. A roof deck tops it all off. In addition to the stair, an elevator provides easy access to all but the roof level. "We're seeing it a lot throughout Boston that people really do want to age in place, so an elevator becomes very import- ant," says David. "It goes up to the top floor, but we couldn't take it all the way to the roof deck, because we would've had to have a head house for it." As it turns out, the historic commission did have juris- diction over a part of the roofline in the rear of the building. "That's the reason we have the copper dormer in the back— the right half of the top floor was subject to the commission." Interior Monologue The interior palette is a dance of dark and light. The floors and some cabinets are cocoa-stained white oak. The large-format parquet design of the flooring harkens to the past, but its beefed-up scale freshens the look. In the family kitchen and elsewhere, white is the broad- stroke color, with accents coming from the bold veining in the Calacatta marble, and the glass and steel of windows and stair. Steel windows were allowable per the historic commission. "There was precedent for steel windows," says David. "The trouble with wood windows is they have to be true divided light and they have to meet energy code." Construction of any new building in Boston must meet LEED standards, but David was precluded by the historic commission from installing solar panels, and the "delicate soils" of the old fill would not permit a geothermal system. The glass stair, however, gave the building credit for natural lighting, and the lack of a garage worked in its favor as well. In the formal living room, the palette adds black to the color mix—in the windows, of course, but also in the fireplace surround. The articulated absolute black granite suggests the traditional detailing of a period surround, but is executed in a "I'm very concerned about quality, and I want our legacy to be as good as anything else in the neighborhood." —David Hacin 40 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2018 CASE STUDY

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