Farm house sinks have evolved over time. The earliest farm houses did not have running water and any cabinets in the kitchen would be more like furniture than the built-ins we have today. A kitchen sink was usually placed next to a window to allow water to be poured into the sink from the outside. In America, sinks were initially made of stone or lead lined wood, copper, or ceramic, then eventually were made of enameled metal and then stainless […]
In a completely unscientific review of past and current projects, I find that five types of additions are requested more than all the others combined. The reason may be that homeowners value these five additions the most or it could be that most homes lack or only have poor examples of these spaces. While I never try to predict real estate trends or future markets, it stands to reason that a home, which includes fine examples one or more […]
When I wake up in the morning, I need my coffee. One of my morning rituals is to start the coffee brewing, check my e-mail, and then try to make sure all the kids are on schedule to catch the buses. When my wife walks into the kitchen, after getting our youngest child up and ready for school, I pour her coffee and fix it the way she likes it. After that, I am ready for anything.
From what I […]
Recently I visited Washington DC with my family and in addition to the monument tour, we visited the National Museum of American History where Julia Child’s kitchen from her Massachusetts home is on display. Mrs. Child donated her kitchen in 2001 and it is exactly as she left it with a big table right in the middle of the room. You can see photos on the ‘Hooked on Houses’ blog.
With Julia in mind, I thought I would share some […]
I can never have enough places to store things. From cookbooks to gadgets, power tools to dog toys, winter gear to summer clothes, supply exceeds demand for space.
One family, whose home we completely renovated, requested storage any place we could find it. Although when designing a home or renovation, we are always looking for good places for storage, this home had a great variety of places to store stuff.
I have never had a client complain that we provided too […]
Many people I know are weary of the work required to maintain a large home and the headaches associated with coordinating that task. Although the idea of living in a very compact home isn’t for everyone, there are certainly days around my house that make me fantasize about living in a home, which due to its size, limits the amount of work required to keep it in good shape.
Luckily we are often asked to design exactly that kind of […]
We started with an historic home on a dirt road in the countryside of Massachusetts which had been uninhabited for several years. Our clients came along at just the right time to resurrect this beautiful bit of history.
By carefully preserving the antique portions of the home while renovating and adding to the newer sections, we were able to create a home that has a foot in several centuries. Best of all it still feels comfortable on that tiny dirt […]
A new kitchen can be one of the most dramatic changes to a home and a homeowner’s lifestyle. When my wife and I renovated our kitchen, we went from wincing every time we cooked a meal to really loving to spend time there. The new kitchen is the heart of our home. It is where our family eats breakfast, does homework, gathers with friends and of course cooks.
The layout of a kitchen is critical to its function. I apply […]
I have always loved sitting in a bright alcove eating breakfast and reading the paper. These days the object in front of me is often an ipad or other electronics, but the wonderful feeling of a breakfast nook is always the same. Of course bays which have windows on three sides are going to be the brightest. Depending on the orientation of the house, the sunlight streaming in can be dramatic. If there are some interesting views, that is […]
One of the pleasures of working with a great photographer(Rob Karosis), is the thrill of seeing new photos of one of our projects for the first time. After spending months and sometimes years, on a renovation project it is always gratifying to go back and see what the space looked like before anything was done. It is easy to forget how far from the original house a design has come.
We hope you enjoy some of our favorite ‘Before and […]