Design & Architecture

In this issue we find a kitchen Sally and I designed for a couple who moved from Boston to Newburyport to raise their family. They wanted the kitchen to express the energy of their former urban home and environment while respecting the architecture of  the 1920′s Colonial home they had purchased.

 

Here’s what we saw the first day we met our client – a rather quaint and dated “country” style kitchen.

 

And the after…

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Over the weekend, Sally and I learned that Trends magazine included the kitchen we designed as part of a larger renovation of a classical 1804 Federal Period home in their Top 50 American Kitchens 2013/2014.

The renovated home.

The Trends article can be read here

A blog post I wrote in June on the home can be found here.

For contrast, the kitchen space the day our client took possession of the house.

 

A few other before/after images.

All the mantels were buried in the garage. We had to figure out which went where.

The front parlor.

The dining room, before/after.

I did not realize that it had been three months since I posted. Guess that’s what flat out 7 days a week will do to your blogging routine some times.

 

Cheers,

I thought I’d begin my reports on the progress of our French Villa Style home by starting with the exterior of the house. Typically, we do not get involved with the selection of exterior finishes, materials, doors, lighting, etc., but in this case we were asked to comment and it evolved into full participation – helping select the color of the tile roof, stucco, limestone and window trim. We began the process by looking at pictures of similar homes and their color schemed with our client and their contractor for ideas and inspiration.

Pretty front doors…

 

This home has a brick facade (Don’t you LOVE it?), but it’s good for looking at tonality of color and hue.

 

This one pushed it with the purple shutters and trim.

 

Earthy and serene.

 

This is close to the color scheme we selected.

 

Then it was on to the front doors, which are not yet finalized, but we’re close… Again, we looked at what seemed like thousands of pictures. I researched Louis XVI style and architecture. It seemed never ending. Yet, this is sooooo important. A front door is like a greeting card. It makes that all important first impression. Here are several examples.

 

We then looked at how various door styles might look from the street and as you approached the house.

 

 

We’ve ended up with a design that is similar to these doors.

 

Next, a tour of the preliminary foyer design.

Have a wonderful Holiday!

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