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<strong>Fall</strong><br />

TOWN &<br />


with Michael Carter<br />

A first look at One Dalton and<br />

the designer’s own rustic lodge<br />

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The Sky’s<br />

the Limit!<br />

For years, driving on the Mass Pike on the way in<br />

to Boston, we’d see cranes stretching up to the<br />

sky by the Christian Science Plaza and Prudential<br />

Building; they had become part of the skyline. While<br />

not exactly picturesque, those cranes held promise<br />

and symbolized that an exciting moment in Boston<br />

construction and a change to the city’s architectural<br />

fabric was under way.<br />

Now, when you drive in, those cranes are no longer<br />

there (they’ve moved on to another part of the city),<br />

but a new icon is: One Dalton, The Four Seasons<br />

Hotel and Private Residences. This landmark<br />

building, located in the heart of Back Bay and<br />

designed by renowned architect Henry N. Cobb, is<br />

the third tallest in Boston, but may well be tops for<br />

its sophistication and cutting-edge cylindrical form.<br />

After all of those years of admiring this structure<br />

from the outside, I was invited in to One Dalton for<br />

a private party celebrating the extraordinary work<br />

of interior design firm Carter & Company and the<br />

other tradespeople who crafted the incredible unit<br />

that graces our cover for one of One Dalton’s newest<br />

residents (see our Town & Country feature on page<br />

13). It was a privilege to meet the gracious and<br />

down-to-earth couple who call One Dalton home,<br />

raise a glass in that richly appointed setting and, of<br />

course, take in those stunning views from the inside.<br />

That evening I felt incredibly grateful, as I do every<br />

time a homeowner or business opens their doors to<br />

the staff here at BDG and <strong>PRELUDE</strong>, to allow us to<br />

share exceptional projects with our readers.<br />

It is in this spirit that we bring you a wealth of<br />

settings and stories that you, too, can inhabit on the<br />

following pages. And, to really feel like you are there,<br />

check out Boston Design Guide’s YouTube channel,<br />

which features videos on projects in a variety of<br />

forms and phases. There you’ll find a recent video<br />

with Michael Carter set at his own New Hampshire<br />

lodge, again for our Town & Country feature, that<br />

transports you to his horse-and-buggy era retreat<br />

and beautiful grounds. Enjoy!<br />

Warmest regards,<br />

Melanie Perillo, Publisher<br />

@BostonDesignGuide<br />

@BostonDesignGuide<br />

@BostonDesignMag<br />


Melanie Perillo<br />

EDITOR<br />

Sandy Giardi<br />


Rob Silsby<br />


Kathleen Parente<br />


Ian Kaplan<br />


Daniel Kaplan<br />


Ellie Benson<br />

Colleen Keelan<br />

Maureen Lampert<br />


Darlene Neufell<br />


Edie Ravenelle<br />


Warren Patterson<br />

Roger Pelissier<br />

Greg Premru<br />

Keitaro Yoshioka<br />

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13 Town & Country<br />

Inside a soaring new home at One Dalton, designed<br />

by Carter & Company, and its antithesis: a rustic<br />

New Hampshire Lodge where time stands still.<br />

26 Rustic Elegance<br />

Premier builders and landscape pros give rugged<br />

design elements a heightened sophistication.<br />

28 Wish Fulfillment<br />

A family is granted the home of their dreams, and<br />

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40 Publisher’s Picks: Entertaining<br />

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bar carts, and a world-class kitchen on wheels.<br />

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45 Designer Digs<br />

Landscape architect Matthew Cunningham takes<br />

us into the woods to see his backyard retreat.<br />

49 Supporting Cast<br />

The unsung tradespeople (artists, really) behind<br />

extraordinary builds get some well-deserved<br />

minutes of fame.<br />

57 Tech Talk: Get Smart<br />

Systems Design & Integration unveils its New<br />

Experience Showroom.<br />

59 Tech Talk: Safe and Sound<br />

Sounds Good’s Dave Noland talks Control4<br />

security: mockupancy, cameras, smart locks & more.<br />

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60 First Impressions<br />

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64 Soapbox<br />

Thoughtforms President Mark Doughty talks<br />

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Cover: Michael Carter of Carter & Company<br />

Photography by Warren Patterson<br />

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Interior Designer: Bill Lewis; Photographer: Warren Patterson<br />

A developer, who had converted a South End church into high-end city residences, was<br />

vexed at how to configure the second floor of a penthouse suite blessed with sloping roofs<br />

and a great octagonal drum. A vast space with 20-foot-high ceilings, arcing custom windows<br />

and 360-degree skyline views is a rare gift in Boston, but how do you make it a home? You<br />

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Architectural elements—like a Zebrano and bronze mesh room divider and a suspended<br />

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Photography: Michael Partenio

&<br />

A dynamic unit in One Dalton, Boston’s<br />

chicest new address, and its antithesis—<br />

a New Hampshire lodge where time stands<br />

still—reveal the artistic range and talent of<br />

interior designer Michael Carter.<br />

Town<br />

Country<br />

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“What makes<br />

The Lodge so<br />

special is that it<br />

encapsulates a<br />

time and place<br />

gone by.”<br />

Carter’s New Hampshire living space is rife with things that<br />

speak to his past and bring him joy—from heirloom antiques to<br />

his collections of vintage rolling pins and yellowware (Carter’s<br />

ardor predates Martha Stewart’s). Right: The staff at Carter<br />

& Company raise a glass to one another and enjoy a leisurely<br />

luncheon in The Lodge.<br />

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At Carter & Company, “our job is to create environment,” says Principal Michael Carter<br />

slowly, in his honeyed North Carolina drawl. It goes beyond imagining beautiful spaces<br />

with pretty things. It’s more about conjuring a feeling and a palpable sense of place.<br />

Whether recreating a turn-of-the-century, “horse and<br />

buggy” era camp on a picturesque mountaintop in New<br />

Hampshire for himself and his husband, David Rousseau,<br />

or injecting character within the sparkling, sculptural allglass<br />

canvas that is One Dalton, Carter’s designs, above all<br />

things, are meant to resonate with the client. It is for this<br />

reason that Carter and his team can operate—and soar—<br />

in two very different universes, conceiving meaningful,<br />

soulful living spaces for settings that fall on opposite ends<br />

of the interior design spectrum.<br />

“No one will ever accuse Carter & Company of being a<br />

one-trick pony,” he says with a certain sense of pride. And<br />

though the interior designer’s roots are grounded in the<br />

traditional, Carter & Company’s aesthetic is fluid, receptive<br />

and ultimately a reflection of the client. Carter takes cues<br />

from personal interests and life stories, and “edits and<br />

interprets” the client’s opportunity for expression.<br />

The Lodge, Carter’s country escape that he has lovingly<br />

restored since purchasing it in 2001, mirrors facets of his<br />

own makeup—his passion for preservation and history,<br />

and for antiques—a trait he inherited from a favorite aunt.<br />

When he was first introduced to the “wreck of a property,”<br />

a cluster of lakeside buildings comprising an old summer<br />

camp and former “party house” high on a hilltop and<br />

far from the prying eyes of the Prohibition, and, later, a<br />

summer camp, he was enchanted by its log walls and<br />

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“In many ways,<br />

this property is<br />

about leaving things<br />

alone that should be<br />

allowed to be old<br />

and have patina.”<br />

From horse-drawn carriage rides to taking a moment of pause—<br />

and a breath—on the porch, there is a slower pace to life at The<br />

Lodge. Right: In the main room, Carter “didn’t touch a thing,” he<br />

says, due to the planed fir logs (many with the bark still on), and<br />

the extraordinary hearth. As he moved beyond that space, there<br />

was a lot of artistic freedom.<br />

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eams, ironwork and stone fireplace. Says Carter, “I feel<br />

like this property has soul.” So, after pouring his time and<br />

talent into a series of renovations, including reorienting<br />

the house to frame water views, and creating a two-story<br />

drop in the heart of the home, The Lodge has become the<br />

place where he and Rousseau, their dogs, horses, friends<br />

and family can disconnect, recharge and entertain.<br />

“What makes this house so special is that it encapsulates a<br />

time and place gone by,” he offers. For a few years it had<br />

no indoor plumbing, and it still has no TV (“we’ve never<br />

missed it,” says Carter) or cell-phone service. What it does<br />

have is an “intangible,” muses Carter; a hard-to-pin-down<br />

air “that, once you’re there, you can sense and smell.”<br />

How, then, did he go about selecting very real items—<br />

furnishings, finishes, art, accessories—that further this<br />

mystique? “You use the edit button,” answers Carter, to<br />

accentuate the wood, stone and ironwork that give the<br />

structure its charm, and fill the home with one-of-a-kind<br />

pieces with meaning—antiques passed down by his aunt,<br />

furnishings his uncle crafted by hand, items repurposed<br />

from the general stores of yesteryear, finds from the<br />

Brimfield Fair. “Items that have a certain soul,” says Carter,<br />

to say nothing of ingenuity. The designer had great fun<br />

“using interesting things in an atypical way.” In the kitchen,<br />

an old-fashioned meat scale, weighed down by sacks of<br />

flour, finds new life as a chandelier, while an old piano leg<br />

turned upside down becomes a lamp for the living room.<br />

The grounds beyond The Lodge’s rustic walls are as<br />

essential to the spirit of the home as its interiors. As<br />

much as the setting is “back to basics,” it is also “back<br />

to nature,” shares Carter. He and his guests enjoy<br />

vintage canoe rides, horse-drawn carriage rides and<br />

simple pleasures like sitting in one of the many rocking<br />

chairs on the oversized porch, sangria in hand. True to<br />

its provenance, in a way The Lodge is still a party house,<br />

laughs Carter. “It’s a ball,” he says, “made for celebrating,<br />

family reunions, gatherings and holidays.”<br />

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The living room’s walnut fireplace wall, built by Saltsman Brenzel and finished by Wayne Towle Master<br />

Finishing & Restoration, contrasts with the subdued color palette. Phillip Jeffries wallcoverings, applied<br />

by Paul J. Beath, were used throughout the home for texture and to soften the space. The sense of<br />

serenity is a foil to the city’s vitality; “You really can connect to Boston at this level,” says Carter. Right: A<br />

breathtaking chandelier by Donghia and bespoke John Boone burled table wow in the front entry hall.<br />

Town &<br />

While The Lodge is about time gone by and savoring<br />

moments with friends and family, a unit at One Dalton,<br />

Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences, conceived<br />

by Carter & Company for empty nesters, is about daring<br />

greatly. “It is bold of them,” underscores Carter, his<br />

admiration for his clients clear. “This is definitely their big<br />

moment,” he says. “They have left suburbia to go literally<br />

up to the sky,” inhabiting an instantly iconic building,<br />

which, designed by famed architect Henry N. Cobb, is, in<br />

Carter’s estimation, the chicest in the city.<br />

“It is a serious fresh start,” Carter continues, and<br />

a renaissance that is centered on expression over<br />

functionality. The owners are bringing precious few<br />

possessions from their previous residence, which was<br />

traditional in nature; cutting their square footage<br />

considerably; and making a sleek and sinuous unit with<br />

spectacular views home. The new setting is triangular with<br />

rounded ends and walls of curving glass. “It’s like being in<br />

the nose of an airplane,” says Carter. “It is floor to ceiling<br />

glass all the way around.”<br />

How do you appoint such a leap of faith? If you’re Carter,<br />

you look to the architecture of the building itself, which<br />

is wildly inventive and features “modern and timeless<br />

bones,” and set out to fully understand the clients and<br />

what will resonate with them. As One Dalton is, in essence,<br />

“a three-sided piece of sculpture,” Carter expanded that<br />

concept indoors. “We thought of everything in this whole<br />

unit as an expression of sculpture,” he explains. With<br />

its art, sculpture, color and texture, “it’s like being in a<br />

personalized art gallery.”<br />

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Country<br />

This urban home is dripping with luxury<br />

and courage in equal measure.<br />

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Carter & Company crafted a confection of a home office for<br />

the woman of the house, complete with lacquered painting<br />

by Stephen Barton Painting, a slender desk overlooking the<br />

city, meaningful accents and art, and custom soft furnishings<br />

appointed by Eliot Wright Workroom.<br />

Town & Country<br />

The modern art selections, chosen in collaboration with<br />

the clients’ daughter, who is an art entrepreneur and has<br />

the benefit of knowing the clients better than anyone<br />

else, give the unit much of the soul Carter was after. “The<br />

space is begging—I mean, it won’t even work—unless<br />

you have wonderful art in it,” says Carter, so the team<br />

animated the space with modern art from Boston galleries,<br />

such as Lanoue Gallery and Beacon Gallery, and included<br />

showstopping pieces like Jeremy Holms’ infinite wood<br />

ribbon installation in the living room and an exuberant<br />

turquoise abstract by Aja Johnson in the office above.<br />

For the lighting, finishes and furnishings, the homeowners<br />

joined Carter for a day in New York, scouring the wares of<br />

two design centers. A pair of bespoke semicircular sofas,<br />

a custom burled wood John Boone table, and a dazzling<br />

light fixture comprised of 90 glass dewdrops suspended by<br />

barely-there cables were among the selections. That day<br />

made a world of difference. Says Carter, “because you’re<br />

in this glass bubble, everything has to be special.”<br />

Overall, the home’s aesthetic has a sense of luxury that<br />

is derived from nature. Quartz sconces, rich woods and<br />

even geode accessories speak to the clients’ spiritual side<br />

and mindfulness. Though it would have been easy to go<br />

with the cool grays that are so pervasive at the moment,<br />

instead, the client embraced warmer tones, beautiful<br />

bisques, shimmering topaz hues, both smoky and blue,<br />

that coalesce into an inviting, zen-like cocoon. This is,<br />

after all, their space, their moment. So while The Lodge is<br />

intended to be a “simpler, non-digital escape” and a<br />

time capsule, “One Dalton is about embracing now as<br />

hard as you can,” says Carter. It’s not afraid of it. “It’s<br />

celebrating now.”<br />

Text: Sandy Giardi<br />

Photography: Warren Patterson<br />

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Written by Edie Ravenelle<br />

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The MacDowell Company Landscape Architecture<br />

21 Center Street, Weston, Massachusetts - TheMacDowellCompany.com - 781.899.9393


Eleni Kaplan of E.K. Sanford Builders<br />

takes us inside her glorious, move-in<br />

ready home in Weston.<br />

Architecture: Silipo Architecture & Design; Photography: Keitaro Yoshioka<br />

Ever since BDG ran a “Successful Women in Building” feature two years ago and<br />

dubbed Eleni Kaplan of E.K. Sanford Builders one to watch, we’ve been tracking her<br />

career and progress in a highly competitive field. In just two years, she’s completed a<br />

spec home in Sudbury, a custom build in Sudbury, numerous bathroom and kitchen<br />

remodels, and her newest project—a sunny, stunning new construction in Weston<br />

that falls somewhere in between—a turnkey home with all of the custom, high-end<br />

features homeowners today are seeking.<br />

“It’s a beautiful house with a lot of details and curves everywhere,” says Eleni, laden<br />

with finishes that homeowners would have chosen themselves had they been in<br />

on the construction process. The home is graced with elements Eleni has admired<br />

over the years when working alongside her father Marc Kaplan of Sanford Custom<br />

Builders, as well as features sure to appeal to buyers—picture windows throughout,<br />

a tranquil master bath and a showcase kitchen with two islands and a secret pantry.<br />

As of press time, this home—Eleni’s latest masterpiece—is on the market. To learn<br />

more, email eleni@sanfordcustom.com or call 617-719-9273.<br />

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Elegance<br />

Rustic<br />

In the hands of premier builders and landscape<br />

professionals, rugged design elements take on a<br />

heightened sophistication.<br />

Mudroom with a tack-room feel... Part of an addition<br />

to a Carlisle farmhouse, this generous mudroom by<br />

Merz Construction abuts an existing antique barn. Rich<br />

yet utilitarian, the space certainly doesn’t come off as<br />

new construction; its salvaged barn board and slate floor<br />

are seamlessly integrated within the 200-year-old home.<br />

Builder: Merz Construction, merzconstruction.com;<br />

architecture: Dewing Schmid Kearns Architects +<br />

Planners; photo by Peter Vanderwarker.<br />

Meandering stone path… Comprised of salvaged<br />

New England fieldstone steppers and Goshen stone,<br />

and flanked by natural fieldstone walls, this resplendent<br />

walkway, designed by Gregory Lombardi Design, makes<br />

a gentle descent from the main home to a secondary<br />

residence and recreational building. Its plant palette uses<br />

a mix of native and ornamental plantings, including a variety<br />

of edible plants, and was tailored to the light and land<br />

conditions of its terrain. Landscape architecture: Gregory<br />

Lombardi Design, lombardidesign.com; landscape construction<br />

by R.P. Marzilli & Co., Inc.; photo by Susan Teare.<br />

Intimate family room and hearth… This granite hearth<br />

warms a transitional sitting room/family room in a Lexington<br />

home crafted by custom builder Brookes + Hill<br />

Custom Builders. Its hearty presence serves as a counterpoint<br />

to the space’s moss-green, clean-lined cabinetry,<br />

anchoring the environs and bringing a quiet sense of<br />

permanence. Builder: Brookes + Hill Custom Builders,<br />

brookesandhill.com; architecture: D. Michael Collins<br />

Architects; interior design: Beauchemin Grassi Interiors;<br />

photo by Michael J. Lee Photography.<br />

Hardy granite outdoor bar… Granite State landscape<br />

design/build company Pellettieri Associates, Inc. takes its<br />

cues from nature, and this monolithic stone bar with an<br />

embedded grill seems to have emerged from the ledge<br />

surrounding Lake Sunapee. As shown by this sturdy and<br />

stunning hardscape, Pellettieri Associates, Inc. relies heavily<br />

on native granite when sourcing its enduring, sustainable<br />

projects. Builder/designer: Pellettieri Associates, Inc.,<br />

www.pellettieriassoc.com.<br />

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Architecture: Patrick Ahearn Architect<br />

Construction: Whitla Brothers Builders Inc.<br />

Landscape Architecture: Dana Schock &<br />

Associates<br />

Landscape Construction: R.P. Marzilli & Co., Inc.<br />

Interior Design: Hanlon-Wantuck Design<br />

Millwork: Horner Millwork and Carpenters Millwork<br />

Windows: Pella Windows and Doors<br />

Photography: Greg Premru<br />

Text: Sandy Giardi<br />

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Wish Fulfillment<br />

When a dream becomes<br />

reality, a family makes a<br />

Wellesley home its own.<br />

A couple had long admired a gracious Georgian estate in Wellesley. They were taken<br />

with its streetside presence and imagined raising their family there. And though they<br />

weren’t looking to move, when they learned the home had been put on the market,<br />

they jumped at the chance to make the dream a reality. Suddenly talk of “if only”<br />

became a matter of “when,” and there was a new conversation—how to renovate<br />

the home to make it wholly their own.<br />

The exterior facade couldn’t change dramatically. This was, after all, the home they<br />

had fallen in love with, so they assembled a team that felt a responsibility to the<br />

1920s structure and to preserving its integrity. Patrick Ahearn Architect and Whitla<br />

Brothers Builders, Inc. were a natural choice. Architect Patrick Ahearn FAIA wrote<br />

the book on keeping the flavor of an era intact within his architecture, all the while<br />

delivering the needs of a modern lifestyle. As for builder Doug Whitla? He has a<br />

degree in preservation and would choose a renovation over a new build every time.<br />

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“The house is seamless. When you walk in,<br />

you have no idea that there was an<br />

addition. It flows and feels<br />

totally natural.” —Patrick Ahearn<br />

A redesigned foyer, “a special feature on<br />

the house,” says Doug Whitla, provides a<br />

sightline to the backyard garden, and includes<br />

a statement-making black marble fireplace<br />

and an heirloom grandfather clock. Horner<br />

Millwork crafted the parts for the staircase<br />

and provided all of the trim, including that of<br />

the ceilings.<br />

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“The homeowner is upbeat and loves color, and<br />

I think that shows inside and out.” —Doug Whitla<br />

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While subtle, the alterations to the home’s approach were significant, and<br />

included a redetailed entry portico, a formalized motor court, new shutters and<br />

synthetic slate roofing. As you move to the rear of the house, the transformation<br />

is bolder, its bricked extension detailed with generous swaths of classic windows<br />

and doors stretching deep across the grounds. The team, in essence, “built an<br />

addition that was practically a second home” onto the original building and<br />

performed a “surgical gut renovation,” says Patrick Ahearn, that respected<br />

the hierarchy of the original home yet enhanced it with a new circulation<br />

and a greater connection to the outdoors. “The whole back of the house is<br />

reimagined,” he continues, and rife with custom windows and doors by Pella<br />

Boston that turn on the charm, usher in natural light and invite the grounds and<br />

gardens to come inside. The new construction includes a new library wing, a<br />

glass sunroom and a carriage house wing—all imbued with the character and<br />

theme of the original brick colonial.<br />

“Patrick shines at these renovations,” says Doug Whitla; his plans are derived<br />

“from what the home offers,” heavily detailed, and “scaled appropriately new<br />

and old.” From a construction standpoint, the work is painstaking. The brick has<br />

to match, rooflines and soffits need to be perfect, and thresholds and floor levels<br />

have to align. “It is harder to do a successful renovation than it is to build a big<br />

new house,” explains Whitla, but it’s rewarding.<br />

Inside the home, change was embraced straightaway, though it isn’t detected.<br />

Michael Tartamella AIA, Managing Principal of Patrick Ahearn Architect, shares<br />

that the team studied the original house and its earlier additions before<br />

reimagining and developing what the new spaces could become. The original<br />

entry is a case in point. During construction—even after the plumbing had<br />

been roughed—the client felt that the foyer was just too small. That concern<br />

was answered by opening up what had been a small library to redefine the<br />

spine of the home and create a grand yet intimate foyer. The entry isn’t larger<br />

than life and it doesn’t boast sky-high ceilings, but “you still have that sense of<br />

ceremony,” says Whitla. “You’re immediately drawn in,” and welcomed.<br />

The floral and mocha wallcovering in the butler’s pantry<br />

drove the design scheme of the dining room. The head<br />

chairs belonged to the client’s grandmother and were<br />

reupholstered in a green velvet fabric by Pindler and<br />

detailed with trim. The shining cobalt walls feature<br />

Fine Paint of Europe’s Hollandlac interior oil paint and<br />

required multiple coats and sanding to perfect.<br />

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“We made a conscious effort to create a sense of transparency<br />

in the new and old parts of the home.” —Michael Tartamella<br />

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Pella Windows and Doors fill the modestly-scaled rooms with<br />

natural sunlight. In keeping with an antique house, Ahearn cased<br />

each opening from one space to the next, creating “an enfilade<br />

of spaces joined by a series of arched openings that really carry<br />

your eye through, yet still give a sense of individuality to the<br />

spaces,” says David Wantuck. Pella of Boston used the Architect<br />

Series product line and supplied custom exterior casings and sills<br />

to match the original details.<br />

That approachability is something interior designers David<br />

Wantuck and Jennifer Hanlon-MacQuarrie of Hanlon-<br />

Wantuck Design channeled throughout the home. As the<br />

family is young, active and likes to entertain, they didn’t<br />

want the home to feel standoffish. Its palette is fresh and<br />

vibrant, with notes of electric blue throughout the living<br />

spaces and bursts of raspberry as an accent hue. “Those<br />

pops of color make it feel happy,” says Principal Jennifer<br />

Hanlon-MacQuarrie. “To me, the color makes it feel more<br />

like a family home and comfortable.”<br />

Many of the furnishings were culled from the couple’s<br />

cache (much of which was in storage), consisting<br />

of treasures from parents and grandparents as well<br />

as belongings from their former home. They were<br />

inventoried, cataloged, and ultimately reimagined—every<br />

room has a mix of old and new.<br />

At the project’s culmination, the family stayed away for<br />

a few weeks while the designers worked their magic,<br />

unpacking boxes, books and possessions to be displayed.<br />

When the home was 100-percent complete, they were<br />

treated to a “Chip and Joanna”-style reveal. Some pieces<br />

were almost unrecognizable, thanks to reupholstery,<br />

repainting and custom details, while others were<br />

presented in creative ways, like the framed Hermès scarves<br />

that climb the stairs. There are memories and meaning at<br />

every turn. In the end, says principal David Wantuck, “It<br />

was their house, their collections and their history. They<br />

had come full circle.”<br />

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photography by Nat Rea<br />


617-876-8286 www.shconstruction.com<br />

BEST OF BOSTON HOME 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 / BEST OF BOSTON 2017, 2007



Photography: Warren Patterson<br />

A few DiFoggio Electric team members, from left to right: Mike Iodice; Dan Wynne; Andrew Bermingham; Eddie Stack, Director of<br />

Operations; Andrea DiFoggio, Director of Internal Operations; and Larry DiFoggio, President<br />

Founded by President and Electrical Consultant<br />

Larry DiFoggio in 1973, DiFoggio Electric, a fullservice<br />

electrical contracting company serving<br />

the residential and commercial markets, has<br />

been powering Boston for over 4 decades.<br />

From townhomes in historic Louisburg Square to Back Bay<br />

icons like the Four Seasons to burgeoning new builds<br />

in the Seaport District, serving Boston residents has<br />

become second nature to the team of electricians at<br />

DiFoggio Electric.<br />

The work is not for every electrical contractor. Director of<br />

Operations Eddie Stack, who began his career at DiFoggio<br />

as an apprentice at age 18, explains, “Working in Boston<br />

really is its own animal.” It requires a firm grasp not only of<br />

the work itself—which, for elite properties like One Dalton<br />

and The Millennium Tower is increasingly complex—but<br />

also of city logistics and operations. As 85% of DiFoggio<br />

Electric’s business is in the city, the needs of clients are<br />

swiftly met, whether the company is called upon to<br />

“replace a switch or rewire a house from top to bottom.”<br />

Plus, with today’s intricate high-end AV systems, lighting<br />

and shade control, people look to DiFoggio Electric for<br />

counsel on details beyond what a plan delineates.<br />

With 18 team members and growing, DiFoggio Electric<br />

is a family-run business with a big-city mentality. They<br />

work at such distinguished properties as the Mandarin<br />

Oriental, 50 Liberty, The Echelon Seaport, and more, and<br />

their standards are as high as the buildings they work on.<br />

DiFoggio Electric stands behind everything they do, and<br />

safety is paramount. “Our owner, Larry DiFoggio, views<br />

every project, as if it were his own,” says Stack. “That’s the<br />

way we approach it.”<br />

Learn more at difoggioelectric.com<br />

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Now this is living. The homeowners<br />

of this Brendon Properties’ home can<br />

belly up to the bar in their very own<br />

living room. This mirrored, Tiffany-blue<br />

wet bar is dynamic and social and the<br />

toast of this elegant living space. The<br />

inspired design has a clubby vibe and<br />

is the perfect solution for people who<br />

like to entertain. brendonhomes.com.<br />

Interior design by Jill Goldberg.<br />

Photo by Greg Premru.<br />


Created for a film buff by Interiology<br />

Design Co., this entertainment center<br />

and viewing lounge does movie<br />

night right. The space is equipped<br />

with a projection TV (a must!), a<br />

comfortable sectional, and tiered<br />

seating at the bar for a full view of<br />

the screen. A wet bar with custom<br />

cabinetry (stained espresso on<br />

pecan) is an elevated refreshment<br />

stand, with its beverage refrigerator,<br />

sink, microwave, storage and pendant<br />

lighting. interiology.com.<br />

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Cocktail hour is even more intoxicating when enjoyed by<br />

this bold and beautiful wet bar created for a Back Bay<br />

penthouse renovation by Adams & Beasley Associates. The<br />

bleached walnut bar, the color of fine bourbon, is bejeweled<br />

by a backlit honey onyx backsplash and floating star fire glass<br />

shelves that add drama and intrigue. adamsbeasley.com.<br />

Photo by Eric Roth.<br />


This portable bar cart, designed<br />

and artisan made in the USA for<br />

ARTEFACT, is a modern-day riff<br />

on an Art Deco style bar cart.<br />

More understated than Gatsby,<br />

but no less glam, the frame’s finish<br />

is a custom umber (hand rubbed<br />

to an antique patina), while the<br />

stone top is honed Nero Marquina<br />

marble. The black stone marble<br />

has a velvety feel and is one of the<br />

most important marbles from Spain.<br />

Available at artefacthome.com.<br />


Clarke’s Mobile Showroom puts food trucks to shame when<br />

it rolls in to food and wine festivals, design events and<br />

charity fundraisers to bring that extra bit of sizzle and delight<br />

culinary-minded guests and gourmets. This 1980s passenger<br />

bus turned appliance showroom on wheels is equipped with<br />

a fully working world-class Sub-Zero and Wolf kitchen and is<br />

the first example of a mobile kitchen in the country. To learn<br />

more, visit clarkeliving.com/clarkes-mobile-showroom.<br />

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Photography: Warren Patterson<br />

The landscapes of Onyx Corporation capture<br />

the color and warmth of the season.<br />

It used to be that Onyx Corporation was thought of as just an excavation company. No longer. These<br />

days, the full-service Acton-based landscape contractor is tending to projects as varied as pools and<br />

entertainment spaces to orangeries and orchards to reclaimed hardscapes for historic homes.<br />

Come autumn, however, “fire features seem to be what people are thinking about,” says Landscape Division Manager Julie<br />

Bergeron of Onyx Corporation, and sitting fireside is the perfect way to enjoy the shoulder season. The above pool terrace<br />

and fire feature is one of their more recent projects to fan the flames. The elegant outdoor hearth brings warmth to the<br />

lighter, cooler hues of the marble terrace and pool coping.<br />

This outdoor space serves as an extension of the house,<br />

with owners and visitors lounging by the 9-foot-long fire pit<br />

while the kids gather at the bubbling spa. These landscape<br />

features are usable well into fall, prolonging time spent<br />

outside, so family and friends can enjoy the change of<br />

the seasons, a quick dip in the heated pool, and maybe a<br />

s’more or two.<br />

As for softscapes, meadows are a mainstay in Onyx’s fall<br />

portfolio, particularly with the company’s proximity to<br />

Concord. While they appear to be rustic and untouched,<br />

they require patience and expert care. “Meadows typically<br />

take two years to establish, however, once matured, they<br />

bring incredible character to a property,” explains Bergeron.<br />

A worthy sight, those swaying, kissed-by-the-sun grasses are<br />

a gorgeous payoff and synonymous with New England.<br />

Visit onyxcorporation.net to learn more about Onyx Corporation.<br />

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One home is a historic, high-character Colonial that was<br />

renovated on Provincetown’s hottest thoroughfare. The<br />

other is a new cedar-and-glass sculpture of a home on a<br />

private piece of land on Martha’s Vineyard. The two projects<br />

couldn’t be more different, but they do have something in<br />

common: Bannon Custom Builders brought them to life.<br />

It takes a special builder to inhabit two very different worlds<br />

with such skill and care. For the Provincetown restoration,<br />

Bannon Builders salvaged, labeled and reinstalled<br />

every floorboard for a client who is passionate about<br />

preservation. On the Vineyard home, every board of the<br />

butterfly roof was a different length and had to be “field<br />

measured, cut and installed separately,” explains Owner<br />

Paul Bannon.<br />

And, while Bannon Builders had to excavate one side<br />

of the Provincetown house by hand in order to raise the<br />

structure and carve out a subterranean lair underneath, for<br />

the Vineyard home, his team installed temporary windows<br />

to keep the project moving until the custom Makrowin<br />

windows that were angled “to follow the roofline” came in.<br />

Such efforts are part of the everyday. The office joke is that<br />

the work is easy, laughs Bannon, “but it’s not easy at all.”<br />

Visit bannonbuilds.com for more information.<br />

Study<br />

in<br />

Contrasts<br />

Bannon’s custom builds<br />

take very different forms<br />

Architecture—Provincetown: Hammer Architects; Martha’s<br />

Vineyard: Maryann Thompson Architects<br />

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GOING UP!<br />

Architecture: Flavin Architects; Interior Design: Erica Darnall Design<br />

Photography: Warren Patterson and Keitaro Yoshioka<br />

Born and bred Bostonians Arthur Massaro and Kate Durrane of Columbia Contracting Corp.<br />

know the city’s neighborhoods well—their charms and eccentricities. When building within the city limits—whether<br />

new constructions or historic renovations—it’s crucial to have a builder that knows the ins and outs of each enclave,<br />

from permitting to logistics to best practices.<br />

This striking townhouse in a tight-knit neighborhood is a testament to the custom builder’s dexterity. Working<br />

within a width of just 27 feet, with only a 2.5-foot alleyway and little to no access, Columbia Contracting Corp. had<br />

to demo the existing structure by hand before building from the ground up. (We do mean up; the statuesque row<br />

house has three levels, culminating in a cedar roof deck.)<br />

Building a new construction single family custom home is almost unheard of in Boston’s Back Bay, Beacon Hill,<br />

Charlestown and South End neighborhoods,” explains Director of Operations Kate Durrane. So, how exactly<br />

does a home like this reach completion? Through constant coordination, virtuosic staging, live loading, delivery<br />

management (from the order setup to the size of the truck that can navigate a single-lane street), police details,<br />

crane lifts and cooperation from the neighbors. Organization is paramount with such a small footprint. Says<br />

Durrane, “Everything is connected and interconnected.” To learn more, visit columbiacon.com.<br />

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Designer Digs<br />

Photography: Roger Pelissier<br />

Matthew Cunningham, owner of Matthew Cunningham<br />

Landscape Design, had been living in downtown Melrose<br />

with his partner Cody Thornton, when he knew it was time<br />

for a change. Melrose, which lacked privacy and wideopen<br />

green spaces, “was killing my soul,” he says earnestly<br />

and without a hint of hyberbole. After all, both Thornton<br />

and Cunningham were raised in rural environments, and<br />

switching to a home that is “rooted in the woods” proved<br />

to be kinder to their collective spirits, and sensibilities.<br />

“The whole idea of us moving was to be able to enjoy<br />

nature,” says Cunningham. So, they renovated a home in<br />

Boxford abutting 100+ acres of conservation land, which is<br />

teeming with wildlife and birdlife, and “created a backyard<br />

retreat for ourselves.”<br />

The private oasis is comprised of sun-dappled native<br />

plantings, a pool and spa, and plenty of reclaimed<br />

granite—from bands of salvaged curbing sourced from<br />

Boston, Portsmouth and Portland to a colossal granite<br />

partition, cut by stonemasons in Cunningham’s hometown<br />

in Maine, that is the heart of the garden. Etched with a<br />

trough that can hold up to 10 bags of ice, not to mention<br />

champagne, the sculpted vessel has become “their party<br />

trough,” laughs Cunningham, and boasts “an amazing<br />

patina,” covered with lichen and moss.<br />

Beyond the pool, a “carpet of fern” cushions the drop<br />

from a board formed concrete retaining wall (negating<br />

the need for a pool enclosure fence) and stretches clear<br />

out to the conservation land. While their previous cottage<br />

garden had a mash of everything, the goal here was to<br />

achieve a pollinator-friendly landscape with a sense of<br />

calm. At Thornton’s urging, Cunningham selected just<br />

10 species for the plantings—including sweet and hayscented<br />

fern, Prairie Dropseed, bayberry and hydrangea.<br />

Editing the garden was the hardest part, explains the<br />

landscape architect, but the constraints were ultimately<br />

liberating. The grounds are captivating and serene, and,<br />

dare we say it, soulful. View additional MCLD projects at<br />

matthew-cunningham.com.<br />

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Photography: Warren Warren Patterson Patterson<br />


508-358-4500 abladeofgrass.com<br />

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On Cape Cod, large-home features grace<br />

limited spaces with Longfellow Design Build.<br />

If what makes a house an exceptional home pivots on<br />

customized, well-executed and beautiful design—<br />

not extravagant square footage—then Cape Cod’s<br />

Longfellow Design Build has it down. “So many of<br />

our customers are looking to build their second<br />

home on the Cape to accommodate kids who are in<br />

college, or married and starting their own young families,”<br />

says Longfellow’s Owner Mark Bogosian, “but that doesn’t<br />

necessarily mean they want a large second home.” Instead,<br />

Bogosian is seeing more customers ask for fine home<br />

details in smaller footprint homes—beadboard, shiplap<br />

and custom millwork used for a variety of built-ins, stunning<br />

centerpiece gas fireplaces with media surrounds, coffered<br />

ceilings, paneled walls, and window seats. “These are the<br />

kinds of details that add personalized, beautiful features<br />

while also maximizing efficient use of space for living,<br />

dining and sleeping,” says Bogosian.<br />

Longfellow has three on-Cape showrooms, in Falmouth,<br />

Osterville and Chatham, where clients can meet with<br />

architects and designers surrounded by a selection of<br />

beautiful samples and options—and gain inspiration<br />

and insight for their projects. Because there isn’t a lot of<br />

buildable land on the Cape and teardowns often trigger<br />

the headaches of current zoning regulations, “buying an<br />

existing older home and remodeling it with an addition can<br />

be a better option for many buyers,” says Bogosian. “Many<br />

of our homeowners just want a nice cozy place they can<br />

spend quality time with their friends, family and especially<br />

grandkids.” To learn more, visit longfellowdb.com.<br />

–Written by Edie Ravenelle<br />

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We Make Wood Beautiful.<br />

166 CresCent road<br />

n e e d h a M, Ma 02494<br />

781-449-1313<br />

Dedicated to the fine craft of finishing and restoration of<br />

architectural woodwork and furniture since 1980.<br />

W W W.WaynetoWle.CoM<br />

Architect: Morehouse MacDonald and Associates; Construction: Sanford Custom Builders, Inc.; Photography: Nat Rea

Architects, builders and designers are typically associated by name with the extraordinary<br />

projects and buildings we have grown accustomed to seeing here in Greater Boston.<br />

Yet there is another group of committed individuals who are integral to the creation and<br />

maintenance of these buildings who get far less recognition. Though commonly known as<br />

“subcontractors,” Sam Soderholm of Soderholm Custom Builders maintains the word doesn’t<br />

begin to do justice to the value, knowledge and artistry these individuals bring to the process<br />

and their respective crafts. He further adds, “The continued success of our projects, company<br />

and, most importantly, the clients’ expectations and happiness are a direct result of the<br />

amazing craftspeople we have the pleasure to work with on a daily basis.” We celebrate the<br />

contributions of these unsung tradespeople with some well-deserved minutes of fame….<br />

Pictured (L to R): Peter Murray, Fine Finish Inc., (seated); David O’Brien, Ares Structures; Wayne & Debbie Towle, Wayne Towle Master<br />

Finishing and Restoration, Inc.; Nick O’Hara, O’Hara & Company; Jim & Jack (seated) Sweeney, Sweeney Brothers Construction; Chris<br />

Boucher, Sagamore Select Group; Jon Moss, Installations Plus, Inc.; Patrick Ford, Anderson Insulation; Photography: Roger Pelissier<br />

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Photograph: Keitaro Yoshioka<br />

Ares Structures<br />

Through high-end framing and exterior carpentry,<br />

Ares Structures brings shape and form to highlydetailed<br />

construction plans.<br />

www.aresstructures.com<br />

Sagamore Select Group<br />

Specializing in decorative finishes, Sagamore Select<br />

Group excels at the painstaking application of<br />

wallpaper, paint and specialty plastering.<br />

www.sagamoreselect.com<br />

Photograph: Richard Mandelkorn<br />

O’Hara & Company<br />

This master stonemason’s work is known for the<br />

artistry, beauty and permanence of its architectural<br />

hardscaping, masonry and stone veneers.<br />

www.oharacompany.com<br />

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Photograph: Marcus Gleysteen<br />

Wayne Towle Master Finishing & Restoration<br />

Wayne Towle has been called a magician for the<br />

luster and texture he imparts in custom millwork<br />

through treatments from surface coatings to liming.<br />

www.waynetowle.com<br />

Photograph: Richard Mandelkorn<br />

Fine Finish Inc.<br />

Cutting-edge technologies meet old-world<br />

craftsmanship in Fine Finish Inc.‘s singular custom<br />

cabinetry, moldings, interior trim and more.<br />

www.finefinishinc.com<br />

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Installations Plus, Inc.<br />

The meticulous work of this leader in custom tile,<br />

ceramic and glass installation brings lasting beauty<br />

and visual interest to design features of all types.<br />

www.installplusinc.com<br />

Photograph: Keitaro Yoshioka<br />

Anderson Insulation<br />

Anderson Insulation’s trusted technicians are onsite<br />

at dozens of projects any given day, installing spray<br />

foam, cellulose and fiberglass insulation.<br />

www.andersoninsul.com<br />

Photograph: Nat Rea<br />

Sweeney Brothers Construction<br />

This roofer and exterior architectural metal expert<br />

brings time-tested techniques and hand work to<br />

complex roof designs in slate, tile, cedar and copper.<br />

www.sweeneybrothers.net<br />

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Photography: Rosemary Fletcher<br />

One of the highest honors a landscape contractor can<br />

receive is to win the bid to rebuild and maintain a National<br />

Landmark, but when the site pays homage to a botanist, the<br />

laurel becomes all the more meaningful. Horticulturalists<br />

at Cambridge’s renowned Mount Auburn Cemetery and<br />

arboretum were so enamored with R.P. Marzilli & Co.’s<br />

residential work that they called upon the landscape<br />

professionals, together with landscape architecture firm<br />

Halverson Design, to return the display garden, which is<br />

located near the entrance gate, to its former magnificence.<br />


S TAT U S<br />

R.P. Marzilli & Co., Inc. cultivates the Asa Gray<br />

Garden at Mount Auburn Cemetery<br />

Named for Asa Gray, who is buried at Mount Auburn and<br />

widely considered the most important botanist of the 19th<br />

century, this tranquil jewel is comprised of a central fountain,<br />

stone benches and beautiful beds that have four-season<br />

interest and historical significance. Over 130 species of trees,<br />

shrubs, perennials and grasses from Asia and North America<br />

honor Gray’s legacy, and represent “the original genus and<br />

species of the plants,” explains Principal Bob Marzilli.<br />

The project was as challenging as it was compelling. A deep<br />

excavation and the construction of a new granite fountain<br />

(with hidden mechanicals and an intricate jet design) required<br />

a strong team effort by the site and project managers,<br />

stonemasons and plantsmen at R.P. Marzilli & Co., and the<br />

firm is thrilled to be associated with the landscape. Says<br />

Marzilli, “It was a treat to work to recapture the intent of the<br />

original vision.” View additional projects at rpmarzilli.com.<br />

Mount Auburn Cemetery welcomes over 200,000 visitors a year<br />

and is free and open to the public. mountauburn.org<br />

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Hot Trends,<br />

Cool Looks<br />

with Monique's Bath Showroom<br />

The experts at Monique’s Bath Showroom don’t want homeowners to get<br />

lost in a sea of fixtures. That’s why, though they offer a diverse selection<br />

of the bath and kitchen industry’s best, their Watertown showroom<br />

boasts a neighborhood feel.<br />

The family-owned, second-generation business is “passionate about what they sell,” says<br />

Sales Associate Chris Sawicki, and knowledgeable. As a resource to architects, builders<br />

and interior designers, as well as homeowners, Monique’s is well versed on Massachusetts<br />

code regulations, the finest brands, and what will look best in your kitchen or bath.<br />

They are also up on the trends, so we asked for a highlight reel of Monique’s hottest<br />

items. “Unlacquered brass is really popular right now,” shares Sawicki, pointing to<br />

Watermark, (featured above) a product line that rocks the look. Chrome and stainless,<br />

however, seem to be leaving people cold, he continues, and they are opting instead<br />

for fixtures that are warmer, and edgier. “Faucets have become statement pieces,” says<br />

Sawicki, and brands like California Faucets allow buyers to create their own looks, with<br />

over 30 finishes to choose from. The industrial look—“the blacks, golds, graphites and<br />

carbons”—are also en vogue, as is mixed metal, particularly black and gold.<br />

As for vanities, shoppers are smitten with Robern (middle) and Furniture Guild<br />

(lower). That aesthetic—a metal frame, furniture-style box topped by quartz or an MTI<br />

composite—is the style of choice. Both look less like a cabinet, says Sawicki, and “more<br />

like a design piece.” Visit moniquesbathshowroom.com to learn more.<br />

Photography: Keitaro Yoshioka<br />

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A MArbleheAd renovAtion in the MAking<br />

A traditional oceanfront home revived by Groom Construction Co. goes ultramodern within.<br />

Groom Construction has been hard at work renovating<br />

a neo-Georgian oceanside home in Marblehead for<br />

owners who are leaving South Boston for a more<br />

spacious environment in which to raise their twin<br />

girls. That is, if you can call it a renovation. Both<br />

Residential Project Manager Tim Dougherty of Groom<br />

Construction and Interior Architect Jeremy Jih of<br />

J.Roc Design agree that the project all but amounts<br />

to a new construction.<br />

Along with a complete gut of the interior, the team<br />

at Groom built front and side additions that preserve<br />

the traditional look of the exterior and incorporated<br />

steel throughout to support the ultra contemporary<br />

design within. “It’s funny,” offers Jeremy Jih, “the<br />

homeowners are not traditionalists at all, and yet they<br />

ended up buying this very traditional house…They<br />

found me to reinterpret the interior.”<br />

Groom Construction was tasked with bringing it to<br />

fruition, perfecting the clean lines of the cedar shiplap,<br />

the geometry of the angles and the minimalist decks<br />

with glass railing systems. In addition to standard<br />

practices, like crafting the home’s many built-ins, the<br />

highly modern style had the construction leaders<br />

doing things they haven’t done before, including<br />

sculpting a massive concrete veneer fireplace and<br />

building a walnut slat ceiling. Groom was up for the<br />

challenge. Says Dougherty, “It’s interesting integrating<br />

contemporary work within traditional work and making<br />

the two work well together.<br />

Visit groomco.com to learn more.<br />

Exterior architecture: Craig Bosworth<br />

Interior Architecture: J.Roc Design<br />

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S I M P L Y C L A S S I C<br />


S I M P L Y C L A S S I C<br />

A R C HITECT U R E & I N T E R I O R S<br />

www .kent d u c kham .co m 53 Centr a l A v e n u e , N eedham, MA 02494 781.449.4109<br />

Photography: Warren Patterson<br />


A R C HITECT U R E & I N T E R I O R S<br />

www .kent d u c kham .co m 53 Centr a l A v e n u e , N eedham, MA 02494 781.449.4109

Systems Design & Integration Unveils<br />

Get Smart its New Experience Showroom<br />

Owners Angel and Alexa Centeno<br />

Though Systems Design & Integration, Inc. has designed<br />

and installed audio video systems in businesses and<br />

residences for over 10 years now, performing work<br />

in Boston, Cape Cod and the New England area, it<br />

recently debuted a new home technology showroom and<br />

experience center in Needham. This sophisticated hightech<br />

firm shares a sleek showroom space with Newton<br />

Kitchens & Design on Wexford Street, and was created to<br />

show just how easily and seamlessly technology can be<br />

woven into the most beautiful and design-oriented homes.<br />

Visitors to the SDI Boston showroom can test-drive<br />

Savant’s luxury whole-home systems, which streamline<br />

and customize audio and video, lighting, security and<br />

motorized shades via one-touch “scenes” programmed<br />

to the homeowner’s preferences. Guests can also discover<br />

new advances in lighting—at the touch of a button, the<br />

experience center is transformed in a wash of vibrant blue<br />

(along with a booming sound!), and check out different<br />

custom fabrics for automated shades and new high-end<br />

finishes and looks for smart switches.<br />

The A/V products aren’t confined to the experience center<br />

either, patrons find top-tier brands like Leon, Séura and<br />

Bowers & Wilkins displayed throughout Newton Kitchens<br />

& Design’s stunning gallery space, from invisible speakers<br />

hidden within the plaster, to TVs that are hidden and lift<br />

from within hand-painted cabinetry to tower speakers,<br />

Smart Mirrors and outdoor entertainment products from<br />

Coastal Source and SunBrite.<br />

SDI Boston was awarded Best of Boston <strong>2019</strong>: Best Smart<br />

Home Specialist. Visit the Experience Showroom at 34<br />

Wexford St., Needham, 617.391.8919, sdiboston.com.<br />

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Fired Up<br />

for Fun<br />

Nick O’Hara of O’Hara & Company is donating 100<br />

percent of the sales of his fun, rustic stone fire pits to<br />

The Leo Project. An initiative close to his heart, The Leo<br />

Project is a non-profit organization that was started in<br />

honor of Nick’s daughter, Caitlin, who passed away in 2016<br />

following a double lung transplant. It’s the vision of Jess<br />

Danforth, another extraordinary young woman who vowed<br />

to honor the memory of her best friend, Caitlin.<br />

Pick your own custom,<br />

camp-style fire pit—<br />

all for charity!<br />

She has. The Leo Project, a 5,500-square-foot community<br />

resource center, moves beyond the classroom to provide<br />

supportive services, creative outlets, and opportunities<br />

not traditionally available to vulnerable youth in<br />

Nanyuki, Kenya. In this space, children will be exposed<br />

to: computers, basic coding, art, music, theater, yoga,<br />

tutoring, counseling—the same creative and supportive<br />

services that enriched Caitlin’s life during her thirty-three<br />

year struggle with cystic fibrosis. The project will also offer<br />

literacy and numeracy classes for community members and<br />

already has plans for expansion.<br />

The Leo Project is slated to open its doors in January 2020.<br />

To support this important work, stop by O’Hara’s shop at<br />

11 Cordaville Road, Ashland, to pick out your fire pit. Fire<br />

pits range from $1,000 to $10,000, and your donation is<br />

100% tax deductible. O’Hara & Company will deliver and<br />

assemble it at the site of your choice. For more information,<br />

call 508.881.6851 or visit oharacompany.com.<br />

To learn more about The Leo Project, visit theleoproject.org.<br />

Donations can be made at theleoproject.org/donate.<br />

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Safe and Sound<br />

“A lot of people think of TV and music<br />

when they think of Control4,” says<br />

Director of Sales & Development Dave<br />

Noland of Sounds Good. “The security<br />

side is overlooked.” The Waltham-based<br />

tech integrator is hoping to change that.<br />

Control4’s smart home capabilities go<br />

beyond the atmospheric, its systems also<br />

bring considerable peace of mind.<br />

Control4 safeguards properties in a number<br />

of ways, including its Mockupancy feature,<br />

which gives the illusion that someone<br />

is home. The feature simulates the<br />

homeowner’s routine—switching lights on<br />

and off, lowering shades, turning on music<br />

and the TV—thwarting mischief and wouldbe<br />

threats. Mockupancy is not unlike the<br />

movie Home Alone, laughs Noland. “Only<br />

you don’t need Kevin pulling the strings<br />

to make it look like people are dancing in<br />

the window.”<br />

Control4 also works with IP (internet protocol)<br />

cameras, a staple in today’s connected<br />

home, and a property’s security system on<br />

an interface that allows homeowners to arm,<br />

disarm and control the alarm system from<br />

their touchscreen. In the event of a “security<br />

event,” you can open the Control4 app, see<br />

the cameras, and, if needed, set an alarm or<br />

alert emergency services—from anywhere<br />

in the world.<br />

Smart Locks and door stations with cameras<br />

also keep residents safe. With smart locks,<br />

you can lock and unlock any connected door<br />

remotely, and set and control dedicated<br />

codes, like that of a child coming home from<br />

school or temporary ones for a worker who<br />

needs access. An alert is issued when the<br />

code is input, so you know all is as it should<br />

be. Conversely, via two-way communication<br />

with video and audio, if someone rings the<br />

doorbell you can see who it is and unlock<br />

the door remotely.<br />

These features and others—like water<br />

sensors and carbon monoxide and temperature<br />

alerts—are game changers for second<br />

homes and allow homeowners to rest easy<br />

with access both “inside and outside the<br />

home,” says Noland.<br />

Contact soundsgoodboston.com to design<br />

and service your Control4 home. control4.com.<br />

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first<br />

1. MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects, www.mgaarchitects.com<br />

2. Brian Frazier Design, www.brianfrazierdesign.com<br />

3. <strong>Fall</strong>on Custom Homes & Renovations, www.falloncustomhomes.com<br />

4. Cutting Edge Systems Corporation, www.cuttingedgehome.com<br />

5. Peter Sachs Architect, www.petersachsarchitect.com<br />

6. Boston Stone Restoration, www.bostonstonerestoration.com<br />

Photography 1. Marcus Gleyteen; 2. Dave Green; 3. Warren Jagger; 4. Peter Vanderwarker; 5. Courtesy of Peter Sachs; 6. Courtesy of Boston Stone Restoration<br />

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Impressions<br />

They say one shouldn’t rush to judgment, but we won’t deny we’re captivated by the instant<br />

appeal of the homes and scenes crafted, designed or treated by top Boston professionals.<br />

From timeless homes high on street presence, to grand entrances (whether a lake house<br />

or the venerable Boston Public Library), to a picture-perfect water feature or a warm,<br />

welcoming lighting design, these varied projects had us at hello.<br />

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54 Fitch Bridge Road Groton, MA 01450<br />

978-448-0028<br />

www.artisaniron.com<br />

@artisan-iron<br />

Artisan Iron works closely with homeowners,<br />

architects, interior designers and landscape<br />

architects, to create custom pieces in<br />

wrought iron, copper, bronze, brass and<br />

other architectural metals that reflect each<br />

client’s individual vision.<br />


(888) 884-4122<br />

info@lavalleesystems.com<br />

At Lavallee Systems, our master plumbers<br />

and HVAC specialists are renowned for<br />

quality, professionalism, and attention to<br />

detail. We work with both homeowners and<br />

builders to design and maintain complex<br />

plumbing, heating, and cooling systems.<br />


410 Whiting Street, Hingham, MA 02043<br />

781-335-3686<br />

www.plymouthquarries.com<br />

info@plymouthquarries.com<br />

@PlymouthQuarries @plymouthquarriesllc<br />

@plymouth-quarries-llc<br />

Since 1915 we have been supplying stone<br />

products for homeowners, designers, architects<br />

and contractors. Visit our 1800 sq. ft. showroom<br />

to see our Exclusives line of stones,<br />

concrete products, brick and artificial grass.<br />


68 Front Street, Marblehead, MA 01945<br />

781-631-3864 www.shiplights.com<br />

info@shiplights.com<br />

@Shiplights<br />

@shiplightslighting<br />

Shiplights provides high-end residential and<br />

commercial lighting. With lighting available<br />

in over ten finishes for inside and outside the<br />

home, their solid brass construction makes<br />

them ideal for use in humid, coastal and<br />

seaside locations.<br />


39 Highland Cir Ste 2, Needham, MA 02494<br />

781-844-4912 www.carpetworkroom.com<br />

info@carpetworkroom.com<br />

@thecarpetworkroom<br />

@CarpetWorkroom<br />

@the-carpet-workroom<br />

At The Carpet Workroom our goal is to<br />

perfect the art of carpet. We specialize<br />

in custom fabrication and installation of<br />

broadloom carpet and area rugs. We<br />

service all of New England and beyond.<br />


327 Pleasant Street, Belmont MA 02478<br />

617-489-3700<br />

www.vartersrugs.com<br />

vartersrugs@gmail.com<br />

@Vartersrugs<br />

Quality selection of antique, vintage,<br />

contemporary, modern, and oriental rug<br />

collections to try in your home for up to 3<br />

days. Cleaning, repairs and restoration done<br />

on premises. FREE in-home pick-up and<br />

delivery.<br />

Photography: Keitaro Yoshioka<br />

Where old-world craftsmanship meets new age design.<br />

508-440-6455 | 231 N Main St, Natick, MA 01760<br />

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Snow and Jones, Inc. jumps in to help<br />

CCALS (Compassionate Care ALS) with their<br />

new Retreat Center in Falmouth.<br />

A Fixture in the Community<br />

When Snow and Jones, Inc. was asked to support<br />

the plumbing for CCALS’ (Compassionate Care ALS)<br />

new Retreat Center in Falmouth, they were honored<br />

but not surprised. In business since 1952 as a familyowned<br />

plumbing and heating supply<br />

company, it wasn’t the first time<br />

they’d donated their expertise. “We<br />

have eight locations on the South<br />

Shore and Cape Cod that have<br />

been actively involved in many area<br />

charities, including the Cape Cod<br />

Military Family Support Foundation,”<br />

says Danielle Jones, vice president of<br />

business development. Snow and Jones<br />

facilitated donations and discounts of<br />

over $70,000 in plumbing products for<br />

the Retreat Center, working together<br />

with Whitely Plumbing, Edgewater<br />

Plumbing and Tim Brown Plumbing. Cataldo Custom<br />

Builders of Falmouth managed the construction of the fully<br />

accessible ALS respite and educational facility.<br />

“We selected all Kohler products because Kohler is<br />

involved in a lot of charitable projects and has a large<br />

selection of ADA compatible options that are also high<br />

design,” explains Jones. To achieve a peaceful but vibrant<br />

Snow and Jones is doing<br />

a considerable number of<br />

ADA-compatible high design<br />

projects like this for people who<br />

want to stay in their homes as<br />

they age, but don’t want<br />

their baths to resemble those<br />

of a nursing home.<br />

look, bath fixtures are brushed nickel or polished chrome<br />

(some faucets have hands-free sensors), lively tile accent<br />

colors enhance white subway tiles, easy-care quartz crowns<br />

the countertops, and all showers have hand showers. In<br />

addition to respite accommodations<br />

for caregivers, there are two suites with<br />

kitchenettes and one room with a bath<br />

that is fully accessible to wheelchairbound<br />

ALS patients. Founder and<br />

executive director of CCALS Ron<br />

Hoffman maintains that everyone<br />

who has been in has been wowed.<br />

“The design and all the fixtures are<br />

extraordinarily beautiful,” he says.<br />

Jones sees beauty in the collaboration.<br />

“I loved seeing everyone coming<br />

together so selflessly to get everything<br />

done in the most timely and cost-effective fashion possible<br />

to create this beautiful new center,” she says. “The Center<br />

is an amazing asset to Cape Cod, and Snow and Jones<br />

was thrilled to be a part of such a necessary and incredible<br />

project.” To learn more about the ALS Center, visit<br />

ccals.org; for Snow and Jones, visit snowandjones.com.<br />

Written by Edie Ravenelle<br />

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Mark Doughty is President of Thoughtforms and an alumni liaison for the<br />

MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, which focuses on developing and empowering<br />

leaders to act so that humans and nature can thrive for generations<br />

to come. He lives with his family in an all-electric home that generates 70%<br />

more energy than it uses—enough to power a Tesla for 35,000 miles a year.<br />

With all the complexity that can tangle up our modern<br />

lives, the idea of a fresh, luxurious home can be just<br />

the right tonic to brighten a day. That idea, like so<br />

many that flourish in social and traditional media, is<br />

quite seductive. It’s no wonder, then, that people react<br />

strongly when a contrary thought intrudes. But perhaps<br />

it is time to welcome just such a contrary thought as<br />

motivation to pause and reflect on our definition of<br />

the ideal home, in the context of our families and the<br />

broader community.<br />

This past summer, the Town of Brookline proposed a<br />

bylaw that requires all new buildings and gut renovations<br />

to be free of fossil fuel infrastructure.<br />

The proposal was met by some with<br />

grumbling about “big government,”<br />

a reaction that seems more soundbite<br />

reflex than thoughtful response:<br />

after all, the town isn’t all that big and,<br />

at this local level of our democracy,<br />

an engaged citizenry can have a<br />

major influence on the direction<br />

of government. So, rather than<br />

the expressed fear of government<br />

infringement on our freedom, the<br />

source of opposition is more likely the<br />

judgment implied in the proposal—i.e.<br />

“what you’ve been doing all along is<br />

not good”—and fear of change. It is<br />

indeed unsettling to think that the path<br />

we have been obediently following in<br />

homebuilding for a century might be<br />

taking us to the wrong destination.<br />

But, objectively, how much of a course correction does<br />

a move away from fossil fuel imply? Thoughtforms<br />

has built all-electric homes without any observed cost<br />

penalties. The indoor climate in these homes is healthy<br />

and comfortable. The systems themselves are reliable<br />

(which is not surprising—the electric-powered heat pump<br />

was introduced in the 1940’s, 20 or so years after the gasfired<br />

furnace was patented). Perhaps most importantly,<br />

clients who live in these homes are happy with their<br />

homes—in some cases happier than those in fossil fuelfueled<br />

homes.<br />





Given all this, a bylaw that takes fossil fuel systems out<br />

of the mix seems a matter of substitution rather than an<br />

abrupt detour onto a costly, risk-fraught path. So why isn’t<br />

everyone on board? Inertia.<br />

It’s quite easy to go through each day doing essentially<br />

what we did the day before, expecting similar, predictable<br />

results. Unfortunately, this “business as usual” approach<br />

no longer promises predictable results and is putting our<br />

collective future at risk (read Kerry Emanuel’s What We<br />

Know About Climate Change for a concise review of the<br />

crisis and possible mitigating actions—contact me and<br />

I can send you a copy). If we think of our ideal home in<br />

this context of society and survival,<br />

in-home fossil fuel infrastructure<br />

compounds the problem: while it<br />

may be possible through collective<br />

action to convert the shared electric<br />

grid to fossil fuel-free sources, it will<br />

be much more challenging to convert<br />

infrastructure in every individual home.<br />

Given this reality, and where we are<br />

situated in time, place and opportunity,<br />

building more homes with on-site<br />

fossil fuel infrastructure simply seems<br />

absurd. We are already in a hole and<br />

this proposal tells us: “Stop digging!”<br />

It’s hard to find a builder that doesn’t<br />

profess their commitment to quality.<br />

But how many limit their definition<br />

of quality to the traditional attributes<br />

of craftsmanship and beauty? True<br />

quality includes the health of the<br />

home environment, the lifecycle impact of the home<br />

on our world, and the physical and emotional well<br />

being of the families who live, learn and grow in the<br />

home. As a community, we should invest our time and<br />

resources building homes that make it possible for future<br />

generations to thrive.<br />

Author, educator and environmentalist Bill McKibben<br />

put it aptly when he said, “The problem with climate<br />

change is that it’s a timed test. If you don’t solve it fast,<br />

then you don’t solve it.” This is our opportunity to<br />

contribute to the solution.<br />

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