I have designed hundreds of baths over the last forty years, ranging from minimalist modern, to Japanese inspired, to elegant traditional. Even a kid’s bath with a barbed-wire toilet seat (don’t ask :-)). Regardless of the design, the goal is always to create an aesthetically-pleasing, functional space.
Former clients asked me to design the renovation of a five-story, former convent into a single family home. They both favor contemporary architecture yet wanted the house to retain some of the granduer of its original style. I developed a column motif for the ground floor that felt both classic and modern. The central gallery features a vaulted ceiling intersected by a central dome. The master bath is made of waves of curved plate glass and glass tile.
I designed this International Style contemporary house to fit within the context of contemporary architecture in Lincoln MA. Inspired by the nearby Gropius and Breuer houses, as well as the Flansburgh house across the street, the house blends into the landscape by stepping down to follow the sloped site. Cantilevers create a play of positive and negative space and break up the large building into zones that reflect their usage. The kitchen/breakfast room is the narrowest part to afford natural light from both east and west. Extensive use of clerestories and fixed glazing provide daylight and views to every room. A three car garage is tucked below and accessed via a rear driveway, while visitors enter the circular driveway in front, identified by mahogany siding.
The design of this custom house incorporates the clients’ preference for a mix of Victorian and Contemporary architecture. The turret, bay, and asymetry are Victorian elements while the horizontal lines, low pitched roof, and grid siding are Contemporary. A three car garage with playroom above is tucked under the low slung roof on the left side. The turret contains the living room and master bedroom above.
A two story addition was added to this Tudor Style home, incorporating a master suite on the second floor and a kitchen, dining room, mudroom and lav on the ground level. The existing garage was removed and replaced with a taller building designed to match the architectural details and style of the existing house. The client needed a place to park a third car (which happened to be a Ferrari). Zoning prevented us from expanding the garage in any way but up, so I designed a car lift to accommodate stacking two vehicles. A porch was added off the master bedroom, and a pergola off the garage, to break up the massing and provide human scale elements in the back yard. Details on the addition are drawn from the vocabulary of the existing house, including variegated brick on the first floor, shingles on the second and half-timbered stucco in the gable ends. An arch was built into the brick to provide a line of site from the kitchen’s French door to the patio.
I designed this home for a developer on a tight lot, working within zoning regulations that limited both the footprint and floor area. The architectural massing is broken up to prevent “big house syndrome”, with pieces articulated to suggest their function. The portico defines the formal entry, with the mudroom entrance accessed from the covered porch. At the rear, an arched loggia provides a shaded transition space adjacent to the patio. The overhanging second floor was needed for bedrooms and baths, while the first floor is smaller to stay within the zoning floor-area regulations.
This Dutch Colonial (with the second floor slightly overhanging the first floor front and back) had a typical floor plan with many separate rooms connected by doorways. A “den” had been added on the side, accessed through a doorway in the living room and one step down. The clients wished to create an eat-in kitchen and a more open floor plan for entertaining.
To improve the architectural curb appeal and gain much needed space on the first floor, I brought the first floor walls out to align line with the second floor. While gaining only 28” in depth, it made a huge difference in creating a viable furniture layout in every room. I also removed the wall between the den and living room, and raised the den floor to make one large room. A three-season room, laundry, bath, mudroom, deck, and pergola were added to the back. By lowering the deck from the mudroom, and the mudroom from the first floor, a better connection was created between the house and the yard (originally accessed by a tall flight of stairs). In front, a new portico provides visitors a sheltered entrance.
A pavilion style addition was added to this imposing French Eclectic home in Wellesley MA to incorporate a new family room, dining area, mudroom, and expansion of the existing kitchen. The shape and detailing mirror the architecture of the existing house, but stucco was used in place of brick to create a lighter feel and visually separate it from the main building. A radius-top dormer is a focal point and provides a line of sight from the kitchen to the back yard. The addition is a few steps lower than the existing floor to provide a direct connection to the terrace.
While this brick Colonial in Wellesley MA has a fine entry foyer, it is rarely used as the house is oriented sideways to the street. The side entrance adjacent to the garage is the defacto main entrance, but had been a narrow, dark hallway that passed by the tiny kitchen. I designed a new kitchen/breakfast room addition, and opened up the back stair. Display cabinets on the right and cutaways on the left were designed to provide visual interest along the passageway to the main house. The kitchen features a curved tray ceiling, transom windows and custom corner glazing.
A variety of home exteriors are shown in this project portfolio in a variety of styles including Colonial, Tudor, Victorian, Contemporary, Farmhouse, Craftsman, and more.
In the New England Continuous Architecture style, I added a “barn” structure and connector to the existing antique farmhouse to create a six bedroom home that retained its historic feel. The cupola serves as a three-story light/stairwell to bring daylight to the rooms below. Interior windows provide a sense of a barn repurposed for living space. A three-season porch is embedded in the barn massing to provide a warm place to sit in spring and fall, and a cool spot for summer evenings.
The original cottage style home in Weston MA had a reasonably sized living room and bedrooms, but suffered from a tiny kitchen and dining room, and a master bedroom with one small closet. The design solution included adding a two-story “L” on the left side that would incorporate a kitchen and family room on the first floor and a master suite on the second. The existing shed dormer was extended the full width of the house, and a covered front porch added, changing the façade from a modest Gambrel Cottage architecture to a Greek Revival style farmhouse. A zero-clearance wood fireplace was added in the family room and a gas fireplace in the Master Bedroom above. The hidden metal chimneys are curved to enable placement of a round window focal point in the gable end. At the side, the covered porch is cut away to allow light to penetrate the corner glazing in the kitchen. The exposed cedar rafters are echoed in a rear pergola and entry gate.
A master suite renovation is the first phase of a complete renovation of this beachfront home. To add light to a dark bath, I added a transom over the vanity and a skylight over the tub. The tub ceiling is a laylight made of translucent 3-form that bathes the space in changing light throughtout the day. The shower door, vanity, and countertop are all made of varying types of 3-form to create a clean, modern, and light-filled room. The multi-functional cabinet wall in the master bedroom contains storage for clothing, a wood-burning fireplace, display areas, and a TV (above fireplace behind pocket doors).
Like many Victorians, this house had suffered periods of abuse and neglect over its long life. Clapboards had been replaced by vinyl siding, the cornices Ire boxed in, and the Gingerbread trim hacked off. Mike and Lynda originally wanted a new kitchen and bath, but their wish list grew into a complete gut renovation (although Mike still claims all he wanted was a three-prong outlet in the kitchen).
Mike liked his house, but he loved his garden. He wanted a new kitchen that would get him closer to his garden and koi pond, and an also be a light space that he could entertain in. I designed an addition with lots of glass to open up the garden views, while stategically locating cabinets to block adjacent house. Clerestory windows and a large pyramidal skylight make it a bright room in any weather. A triangular island and trapezoidal table were built to optimize the usable space and circulation pattern. The battened MDO siding and pipe rail give the addition a crisp, architectural feel in contrast to the vaguely Colonial style of the existing house. Mike enjoys the surprise on his visitors’ faces as they pass through the dark interior of the main house into the addition.
I have designed over 100 kitchens in the last 35 years. They have been made from hardwood, painted wood,laminate, Corian, metal, glass, and 3-Form. Here are a few dozen examples.
A gut renovation of the first floor of a Cambridge MA Victorian. The open kitchen was created by removing a number of small rooms, including annexing a side porch to create a large kitchen/breakfast room. A hidden steel beam in the ceiling, and a steel column between the french doors and window conceal any trace of the former exterior bearing wall. A new porch with Victorian detailing was added to the rear, including a skylight in the porch roof that guides light through the transom into the kitchen. Custom moldings were designed to transition from crown molding to casing to provide a seamless look.
The clients were avid gardeners and wanted a place to relax and view their work. They also needed a new kitchen and a more attractive entry from the detached garage. I designed an addition that included a mudroom/laundry room and an octaganal breakfast room. The stairs from the addition to the garden are curved to transition from the hard architectural lines of the building to the soft organic lines of the landscape. Tall windows with transoms, wrap-around wainscoting, and a domed ceiling create a special place to eat and relax.