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Outdoor Living Spaces

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From the Publisher

The Comfort of Home

My adult children have left their apartments in

Southie and NYC to return home. They’ve bunkered

down with me in the ‘burbs, seeking the comforts

only a family home can provide as we “self

quarantine” together. At least most of us. Every

morning, my daughter, a nurse practitioner, puts on

her scrubs while my sons and I slip on our sweats.

She drives to the medical facility for her 10-hour

shift, while we charge our phones for conference

calls and power up our far-from-threatening laptops

by the fireplace.

As a mother, it brings a tear to my eye as she goes

off, knowing her calling makes her vulnerable to this

global health crisis. Still, I am in awe of her resolve

and strength, and think the world of everyone on the

medical front lines. You are all warriors.

And, while I wish I could keep my daughter safe from

harm, I am heartened by the fact that I can give her

a safe haven. She returns every evening to a homecooked

meal that we all sit down to eat together. We

often take a walk afterwards, waving from a distance

to neighbors we haven’t seen in ages, or play a

board game or work on a puzzle.

In times like these—when we look to our immediate

family for support and recreation—I am glad I did

my renovation, put in a home office and installed

a bocce ball court in my yard. As my 93-year-old

father says, “Keep the faith. This too shall pass.”

So, I say plan your next renovation or build. Maybe

it will include a bigger freezer or an amazing

outdoor space for long-awaited celebrations. The

professionals featured in PRELUDE and on www. are anxious to help you with

your next project. Couldn’t we all use something to

look forward to?

As our homes are our refuge, I hope that you find or

create your household’s definition of “comfort.”

Be well and tend to those in need,

Melanie Perillo, Publisher

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Sandy Giardi


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Andrea Mingels


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Lisa Almquist

Ellie Benson

Colleen Keelan

Maureen Lampert


Darlene Neufell


Warren Patterson Roger Pelissier

Greg Premru Keitaro Yoshioka

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14 Lush Landscapes!

A springtime celebration: breathtaking entryways,

glorious gardens and inviting landscape designs that

inspire all to live alfresco.

27 Publisher’s Picks: Outdoor Spaces

An amazing widow’s walk, the perfect pergola of a

lakeside manor and reflections on a striking and

singular window display.

30 Farmhouse Flair

An airy New England escape designed for an

equestrian and her family embraces the quiet beauty

of the paddock.

38 For the Love of Shiplap

Hawthorn Builders uses the popular cladding in rad

and wonderful ways.




43 Tech Talk: Gamer’s Delight

Calling all millennials! Cutting Edge Systems

Corp. transforms a townhome living room into a

high-tech gaming den.


44 The 30-Second Commute

Working remotely; smart home office designs to

suit your style.

52 Soapbox

Derek Stearns of Plymouth Quarries discusses kids

who want to work, the company’s education program

and career opportunities in landscape design.


Cover: Landscape Construction: R.P. Marzilli & Company

Landscape Architecture: Dan Gordon Landscape Architects

Photograph: Greg Premru Photography


A R C H I T E C T & B U I L D E R






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Whether lined by delicate, fresh-faced blooms, shocks of greenery, gated or

carved in stone, these inspired pathways say welcome, beautifully.

1. Traditional and contemporary elements harmonize in a tulip-lined gateway conceived by Matthew

Cunningham Landscape Design. Here, antique Rockport granite meets blackened stainless steel art

and an incredible show of spring bulbs. Landscape construction by Martin Lucyk Landscape Construction

2. Granite walls and a stepping stone path lead the residents of a Duxbury property, cultivated by

a Blade of Grass, to an enticing pool and patio beyond the wooden gate. Bursts of hydrangea and

other bayside plantings soften the vista’s hard lines. Photo by Charles Mayer

3. Thanks to Onyx Corporation, a Concord home heightens its connection to the landscape with

drama and tranquility. Rectangular, black granite steps “float” over the glassy waters of a reflection

pool that sits undisturbed beside a blue-gray terrace. Photo by Warren Patterson

4. Flanked by natural grasses, hedges and bountiful container plantings, the walkway of a shingled

Nantucket estate brings a bit of fanfare as it ascends from the yard to the veranda. With its lush

freedom and hints of formality, Gregory Lombardi Design’s inspired landscape design captures the

essence of the island. Landscape contracting by Atlantic Landscaping; photo by Richard Mandelkorn 15

Formal, carefree, historic or Japanese in spirit, these edens were carefully

cultivated to delight the senses.

1. This slice of paradise on Cape Cod, installed and maintained by the landscape artisans at Schumacher

Companies is sunny and resplendent. The garden’s pleasing symmetry, punctuated by circular urns in

full bloom and a sculpture at its center, invites nature lovers to stay awhile. Photo by Mitch Harper

2. A lush pool garden by Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design is part of a verdant backyard escape.

Its native plantings erupt against a disappearing, minimalist enclosure while rich wood fencing frames

the terrain’s perimeter. Landscape construction by Phil Mastroianni Corp.; photo by Matthew Cunningham

3. R.P. Marzilli & Company revived the exquisite beds and beauty of Newport, Rhode Island’s historic

Blue Garden. The landscape professionals installed a comprehensive new planting plan—a glorious

palette of texture and fields of purple and blue—that will preserve the intent of the private garden’s

1913 design for posterity. Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture; photo by Marianne Lee Photography

4. Spectacular and serene, this traditional Japanese Strolling Garden by Zen Associates was made

for contemplation. Its features, including waterfalls, islands, bridges and tree and plant material,

like a rare weeping hemlock, and mountain laurel and azaleas for spring color, were designed to

inspire moments of peace and pause.







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Family playgrounds by the sea, courtyard living rooms and convivial

poolside terraces bring the art of living en plein air to higher ground.

1. This multitiered living space is a contemporary urban oasis in Boston’s South End. Crafted by

a Blade of Grass for an avid entertainer, this striking enclosure uses every inch to its advantage, and

includes fire and water features, artful lighting, an outdoor kitchen and lounge seating.

2. R.P. Marzilli & Company carved this family paradise with a seaside lookout from an existing terrain of

slope and ledge. Breathtaking by night and by day, the outdoor living areas include a bluestone dining

terrace, fire pit, infinity pool and dramatic fire piers that alight the pool wall. Landscape architecture by Tucker

Architecture and Landscape; photo by Rosemary Fletcher Photography

3. This fire feature and terrace, designed by Gregory Lombardi Design and constructed by Landscape

Creations, is part of an outdoor program that offers family-centric “rooms” for every season. This feelgood

setting uses classic New England materials, like granites and bluestone, to cultivate a California vibe.

Architecture: Morehouse MacDonald and Associates; construction: Sanford Custom Builders; photo by Nat Rea Photography

4. A sparkling pool terrace crafted by the Schumacher Companies is upbeat and refreshing with its Black

Irish limestone, red brick and a circular fire feature. Arcing streams of water from custom spouts within the

coping complete the effect, making a gentle splash. Photo by Mitch Harper





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Landscape Creations expands and

cultivates a shining coastal meadow.

Though a glorious meadow on the sound in Stonington,

Connecticut, looks the way nature intended, the hand of

landscape contractors Landscape Creations is undeniably

present. When a client sought to expand and rehab

the reedy, colorless coastline that stood between their

property and the water, they envisioned a minimalist,

native-looking landscape that could serve as a border

between the lawn and the home. The terrain would be a

pollinator’s playground and promote a healthy ecosystem,

with its success measured by how seamlessly the new

elements could be stitched into the existing meadow.

© Heather Conley Photography, LLC

Though the vista comes off as effortless, its completion

required significant work. The plentiful stones that dotted

the site couldn’t be disturbed or marred by machinery, so

seeding the grassy passages and beds called for “light

touch hand work,” offers the firm. Also, as landscape

architect Anne Penniman of Anne Penniman Associates

specified plants that abound in native landscapes but

are hard to find in commercial nurseries, specialists were

brought in to collect and cultivate seeds from the existing

meadow well in advance of the planting stage.

Once installed, Landscape Creations wouldn’t fully subject

the meadow to Mother Nature’s whim. For several seasons

they monitored the meadow with patience and persistence,

coaxing the desired sprouts while keeping the weeds at bay.

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When you move outside

in warmer weather,

your music should follow.



Landscape Music • Outdoor TV • Irrigation, Pool & Spa Control

Outdoor Wireless Network • Outdoor Lighting






Bruce S. MacDowell Jr., principal and owner of The

MacDowell Company, believes that a successful

landscape architectural design project starts

with the development of a trusting relationship

with each client. It is essential that the design process be

a collaborative effort; one which is highlighted by clear

and effective communication. It is crucial that landscape

architects and project managers inform and educate

the client throughout the design process and project

implementation phases, so they are properly equipped to

make confident, well informed decisions.

Though passion, knowledge, artistic and technical abilities

of a landscape architect are essential ingredients to

conceive and develop a unique and enduring design, the

highest level of success in this field is achieved through

exceptional interpersonal communication. Landscape

architects and design team members must not only be

highly proficient at developing custom, visionary designs,

but must also build a trusting relationship with each client.

Talented, dedicated professionals and strong relationships

are what most often lead to positive project experiences

and optimal designs.

Each project inherently develops a history of design

iterations, considerations, discussions and decisions

throughout the design process. Without proper

professional guidance from a landscape architect and

project management team, that history, as well as general

design intent, can often be misunderstood or lost during

the construction process. Project managers at The

MacDowell Company, are integral members of the team

from the outset of the design process and are readily

available to contribute valuable knowledge to the design

team and client. Project managers witness and partake

in the design evolution so they are thoroughly equipped

to oversee and implement each project’s distinct design

intent and custom detailed components as envisioned.

A successful project can be designed and managed

through implementation in a variety of ways. However,

to The MacDowell Company, the most rewarding aspect

of providing a seamless set of services is the longlasting

relationships they build with each individual

client, the enjoyable experience consistently delivered

to them and the unique spaces that are harmoniously

integrated into their homes for their family and friends

to enjoy. Collaboration, communication, trust and strong

relationships are the governing principles and ideologies

that The MacDowell Company incorporates into every

design project and has exemplified the Company ethos for

over 50 years.

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Photography: Richard Mandelkorn

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Salon Style


Nine years ago, renowned designer Tom Verellen handpicked Sue and

Maureen Walsh of ARTEFACT to represent the high-quality Verellen

furniture brand in the New England market. Verellen—which is rooted

in Belgium, where flax fields and natural materials abound, and

bench-made in the U.S.—is wholly aligned with Sue and Maureen’s

aesthetic. The owners, a sister act, prize comfort, luxury and craft in

the curated items for the home they carry in their Belmont shop and

in their new South End location, a Verellen salon enhanced with select

decorative accessories, tabletop wares and “objects of desire” of their

own design and from other artisans.

For Verellen, “it’s about a better

product, better materials and

better resources,” Tom explained

at the launch of the Washington

Street boutique last spring.

Verellen’s heirloom furniture is

sustainable, customizable and,

with its soft contours, easy on the

eye. For Sue and Maureen, who

have impeccable taste and love to

entertain, comfort as well as sophistication is

key. “We want each piece to be gorgeous, but we want it

to be very approachable,” says Maureen. “We’ve always

felt that way about Verellen. “It isn’t too fussy, and the

design is spectacular.”

The pair is enthralled with the latest collection, a complete

line of sofas, chairs, dining and case goods, rife with

luxurious fabrics, new designs and subtle refinements

to Verellen classics. The line is full of curves, and “very

textural,” says Sue. “Very now.”

And yet timeless. This beautiful intersection is where

Verellen shines, as the furniture maker synchronizes

authenticity and a weaving tradition with forms that are

wonderfully fresh and current.

ARTEFACT works with the trade as well as homeowners

to customize Verellen’s luxury products. Maureen and Sue

are intimately acquainted with every piece, and can walk

buyers through the numerous fabric selections and detail

options. For more information, visit 1317 Washington St.,

Boston, 1000 Pleasant St., Belmont or

Pictured: 1) Verellen’s tarifa dining stools, Himalaya seat; 2)

Hamilton modular sofa in grey wool; 3) I-Beam console and

rug by Verellen and Amadi Carpet; 4) Custom designed

leather tray, a collaboration of ARTEFACT and designermaker

Keith Waters; 5) Verellen’s outdoor Lola Lounge 25






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Along with its picture-perfect views, I’m enchanted by

the design of this oceanside rooftop deck conceived by

Duckham Architecture & Interiors. A wet bar, hidden

within a faux chimney, features a dumbwaiter that makes its

ascent from a butler’s pantry below.

Construction by The Bishopric Companies, Photo by

Richard Mandelkorn


I have always loved the romance of

a pergola, but this shaded walkway

for a manor on New York’s Lake

Skaneateles is truly extraordinary.

Indeed, the entire estate, designed

by Meyer & Meyer Architecture &

Interiors is something out of a fairy

tale, and the fact that it was a new

construction but looks steeped in

time is unbelievable to me. Visit to

see more.


Though I’m a traditionalist in practice, my inner self

has a total appreciation for the modern California

style of living that blurs the lines between indoors

and out. In this Twin Cities project, the products

of Western Window Systems were key to a design

that is spare, stunning and good for the soul. Photo by Paul Crosby,

courtesy of Western Window Systems 27

design: S V Design


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VELUX: Not Your Grandparents’ Skylights

When people think of skylights, often age-old concerns come to mind, even though skylights today are light years away

from those of the past. Nearly ten years ago, VELUX, the ahead-of-its-time market leader in the manufacturing of skylights

and roof windows, completely redesigned the skylight, with a mission to bring “confidence back into the category.” The

resulting product is glorious, issue-free way to transform the rooms of your home with daylight.

VELUX’s Solar Paneled “Fresh Air” Skylights harness the power of natural light, beautifying living spaces, and bringing

fresh, clean air into living environments. There are no longer negatives, but rather a compelling list of benefits to adding

VELUX skylights into your home. Here, we clarify fact from fiction, allowing lingering misconceptions to remain firmly

where they ought to be: in the dark ages.

Fiction: Skylights leak. Fact: VELUX leveraged 75 years

of engineering experience to offer its patented No Leak

Promise. VELUX is so confident that homeowners won’t

have headaches with their products that they offer a No

Leak Warranty that will cover labor, materials and any

damages should issues arise. They won’t, however; VELUX

Deck Mounted and Curb Mounted Skylights have three

layers of protection, including leak barriers and step

flashing, making it nearly impossible for water to get in.

Fiction: Skylights are drafty. Fact: VELUX Skylights utilize

“Clean, Quiet and Safe Glass” designed to let fresh air

in and send stale air out, in a regulated, steady flow,

and reduce unwanted outside noise. Fresh air is vital

to a comfortable indoor climate and VELUX ventilation

solutions make for refreshed living spaces no matter the

weather. Silicon dioxide gives the glass an exceptionally

smooth surface; water sheets off, reducing spotting.

Fiction: Skylights fade furniture and art. Fact: Direct

sunlight is no longer an issue; VELUX uses glass that blocks

99.9% of UV rays. VELUX skylights can be paired with

Light-Filtering Skylight Solar Blinds, which diffuse light

through a soft, pleated fabric, or Room Darkening blinds

for bedrooms and other spaces that should be as different

as night and day.

Fiction: Skylights are an energy drain. Fact: VELUX

Skylights increase the home’s energy efficiency, allowing

residents to save on heating and cooling. When placed

strategically in new constructions and renovations,

skylights can increase the amount of daylight to the home

dramatically. Because a skylight brings in twice as much

light as a similarly sized vertical window, they can be used

in lieu of added windows to achieve more daylight with

less glazing, which equals greater energy efficiency. Plus,

VELUX’s Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights are eligible

for a 26% federal tax credit.

Fiction: You need an electrician or a pole to operate

skylights. Fact: The Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylight

comes with a preprogrammed remote control allowing

control at the touch of a button, as well as an Integrated

Rain Sensor that signals the skylight to close at the first

sign of inclement weather. A small solar panel on the

exterior of the skylight charges a fully concealed battery.

Powered by the sun, this battery opens and closes the

skylight, and eliminates the need for an electrician during


For more information, visit or whyskylights.

com. VELUX skylights are available for purchase at Harvey

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An airy New England escape designed for an equestrian

and her family embraces the quiet beauty of the paddock.


“The home is part of the landscape. It

looks like it should be there. With the

horse pasture out back, it just feels right.”

–Ken Frommer, Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc. 31


The living room’s weathered trusses and the kitchen’s custom wood hood

and island lend a warm, rustic vibe, while the shimmering backsplash and

Forester Millwork’s cream-white cabinetry provide the polish. The Xs on

the island and console evoke those of a barn, and the light fixtures are

substantial but not heavy. The kitchen is Douglas Stevenson and Erin Tracey’s

favorite room; “When you’re in it, it feels really good,” says Tracey.

When one thinks of building a summer home in New

England, Sudbury typically isn’t the first locale that comes

to mind. But, for a dressage rider who lives, trains and

competes year-round in Florida, heading north to enjoy

New England’s short but sweet season with her family and

pack of horses was a natural fit. She has roots there, a barn

for her horses and rolling, family-owned land where she

could build a timeless Shingle-Style farmhouse. She and

her brother grew up just across the property’s yellow-green

fields, and, now, so will her daughters.

Down south, the family is used to living outdoors, so

when LDa Architecture & Interiors began to design the

client’s classic New England home, Principal Doug Dick

and Senior Associate Carter Williams knew to integrate

the landscape beyond the walls as much as the setting

within. After all, trading the sweltering Florida heat for

Massachusetts’ fresh, more temperate, summer is the

reason the family comes back every year.

Nestling the home within its site was of chief importance

to the client, and, as such, drove the home’s architecture.

LDa worked closely with Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc.

early on to determine “how the house would sit,” explains

Vice President and Senior Project Manager Ken Frommer.

As the house was placed within a low-lying wooded area

abutting the horse pasture, Kistler & Knapp worked hard

to ensure the elevation—which, ultimately, was higher than

the original grading—was just right to provide views and

easy access to the yard. 33

Kistler & Knapp Builders’ work on this house “was top-shelf in

every way,” says Carter Williams, and the stonework, all hand

laid by David Gravlin Masonry, on the chimney and along the

foundation, front entry and garage area, is incredible. Pella of

Boston’s Architectural Series of windows and doors struck just the

right note; the products’ beautifully refined details and iron ore

color were selected to complement the exterior cladding. Right:

The “lanai,” or covered porch, is a Florida amenity specifically

requested by the homeowners. From a construction standpoint,

Kistler & Knapp took special care to ensure that the exterior

materials were just as elegant as those inside, for a seamless

indoor-outdoor flow.

Architecture: LDa Architecture & Interiors

Construction: Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc.

Interior Design: LDa Architecture & Interiors

Windows and Doors: Pella of Boston

Photography: Greg Premru

Text: Sandy Giardi

Frommer credits the architectural team for including

the golden swaths of land and sky-high oaks within

the layout of the living spaces. It then fell to Kistler &

Knapp Builders, who did the site work as well as the

general contracting, to further develop the outdoor

vistas throughout the build process—preserving trees

whenever possible, or eliminating or adding them as

needed—explain Principal Douglas Stevenson and

Frommer. As a result of the two firms’ seamless and

highly efficient collaboration, the house feels deeply

connected to its site.

“As beautiful as this house is on the inside,” offers

Williams, “the experience of being inside is all about

looking out and connecting to this very special place.”

From the great room with its soaring cathedral ceilings,

to an enchanting, breath-of-fresh-air of a master

bedroom with stunning French doors and windows by

Pella that open to a private balcony, to the kitchen,

dining room, and even the mudroom, there are vantages


The home has a feeling of airiness and space without being overly grand.

The family comes here to relax; it’s pretty but not precious, and

meant to feel easy and calming.” –Carter Williams, LDa Architecture & Interiors

everywhere to the meadow, paddocks and barn. “Those

views have a lot of significance,” says Williams, “but it is

also just objectively beautiful land. We wanted to bring

that inside as much as possible.”

While the exterior of the homestead, with its classic

stone and shingles, copper gutters and downspouts, and

low-skirt apron roof celebrate a traditional New England

aesthetic, the interior takes a more minimalist approach,

and was designed to be “clean and simple,” maintains

Interior Design Associate Erin Tracey of LDa. The living

quarters reveal an elevated rusticity as well as flourishes of

“unexpected glamour.” However, it’s the intangible feeling

of airiness and “warm-weather” sensibility conjured by the

designers and contractor that may be the home’s crowning

achievement. As for the nods to an equestrian lifestyle?

Whether subtle, like the hide rug in the great room, or

overt, like the reclaimed trusses overhead, those details

are just plain fun. LDa was careful not to overdo the riding

references, says Tracey, “but it’s what our client loves and

what this place is all about.”

In the breezy master bedroom, Pella’s transom window with custom arched top and

French patio doors frame a spectacular view of the oak tree-lined pasture and lead to

a private deck. The hardware was upgraded to a distressed bronze for a rustic feel. 35

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Crowning Glory

Quality cabinet choices for every budget

Crown Point Cabinetry, the premier cabinetmaker

located in Claremont, New Hampshire, was launched

in a garage in 1978 by President Brian Stowell’s father

with a table saw, radial saw and a belt sander from Sears.

From those humble roots, Crown Point has emerged as an

industry leader in inset wood cabinetry, and now operates

from a state-of-the-art facility with top-tier machinery and

artisans, and an inspired showroom of custom designs.

The family-run business has never lacked vision. In the

summer of 2018, Crown Point launched Crown Select, a

secondary line offering the same high-quality inset and

frameless cabinetry for a lesser investment. Crown Select

is the Toyota to Crown Point’s Lexus, maintains Stowell;

they are built by the same artisans, share the same quality

standards and use Crown Point’s beautifully durable ovenbaked

finish. Both Crown Point and Crown Select offer

custom fit appliance panels and accessories, including

recycling centers, tray and flatware dividers, rollout storage

and Lemans corner units. Each arrives blanket-wrapped

direct to the site and is backed by a comprehensive, 10-

year warranty, but there are some key differences. Crown

Point offers complete customization for those looking

to “reinvent-the-wheel,” while Crown Select boasts the

merits of Crown Point with limited customization, as well as

the following distinctions....




• 1-inch thick face frames, doors and drawer fronts (the

hallmark of the highest quality cabinet)

• $40,000-50,000 for the average kitchen (*does not

include install, countertops, backsplash or appliances)

• Hand-selected woods, including Cherry, Quarter Sawn

White Oak, Sapele and Walnut, and reclaimed woods

sourced from across the U.S.

• Full spectrum of customization, including projects with

unusual specs or contours

• Walnut dovetail drawers

• A choice of 158 standard paint colors, and the option

for a custom color. Sprayed and brushed applications

• Production time: 14-16 weeks from design finalization

• 3/4-inch thick face frames, doors and drawer fronts

(the industry standard)

• $27,000-32,000 for the average kitchen (*does not

include install, countertops, backsplash or appliances)

• Square inset, beaded inset or frameless construction

• Traditional maple dovetail drawers

• A choice of Cherry, Flat Sawn Oak and Beech

• Limited customization

• A choice of 20 paint shades on hard maple, “from the

whitest white to the darkest dark”

• Production time: 10-12 weeks from design finalization

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Hawthorn Builders uses the popular

cladding in rad and wonderful ways.

Photography: Greg Premru

The resident had an appreciation for the Magnolia look, but wanted to make the modern farmhouse style her own.

The Hawthorn team was encouraged to take artistic liberty, and shiplap was among the modes of expression.

Above, shiplap is offset by a band of reclaimed wood in the hood of the kitchen and, at left, used for the ceiling in

a sun-filled breakfast nook. Hawthorn Builders was strategic in its application. “You get just enough,” says Design

Associate Lauren Passaretti, “but it’s not overdone.” 39

While shiplap has been around forever,

there is no doubt that the clean-lined

application is the darling of home design.

Homeowners adore the rustic yet refined

“modern farmhouse” look, and shiplap is one of the

style’s defining features. Yes, Joanna Gaines of Magnolia

fame and television’s many home shows deserve some of

the credit, admit Design Associate Lauren Passaretti and

Jessica Chabot, VP Business Development and Design,

of Hawthorn Builders, but the two also attribute shiplap’s

renaissance to a trend away from “overly complicated

design” and a shift to a fresh, full look.

Roughly 60 percent of Hawthorn Builders’ clients are using

shiplap, says Chabot; no doubt, because it is affordable,

readily available, easy to install and can be used in any

number of ways. A new home in Needham beautifully

illustrates its versatility as well as the custom builder’s

inventive applications, which were used to create visual

texture. “We walked a fine line,” explains Passaretti,

“incorporating a detail with shiplap but not making it

overbearing or overpowering the whole space.”

“We selected creatively where it will get the most

attention, but in the right way,” she continues. Shiplap

adorns the graceful archway that leads to the kitchen,

giving the open-concept space definition and a sense of

ceremony, and clads a statement-making hood over the

stove. It also shines as a ceiling over the breakfast nook,

delineating the area and drawing attention to a change

in volume. “Even though there is no case opening or wall

definition for that space,” says Chabot, “the ceiling makes

it feel like it’s a different space even though it’s the same

room. Without the texture of the shiplap on the ceiling,

that space wouldn’t have been as successful.”

Shiplap’s dimension also has a cozy air and a way of

making a home feel well established, warding off a sense

of sterility that can accompany a new construction. The

master bath, another area where the team “mixed it


up,” shows how shiplap can bring warmth and additional

interest to the rear wall. Its horizontal lines draw the eye

through the space, elongating the room and connecting

its amenities.

Unlike other trends, Hawthorn Builders doesn’t expect

shiplap to go away anytime soon. In fact, Chabot,

conjuring her inner crystal ball, forecasts bigger and more

varied applications in the future. “I would like to see an

even more modern bent on it, where it gets even wider—

eight or 12 inches wide—where you get a really subtle

detail. I think that’s probably how it will morph.”

Shiplap has become an alternative to wainscoting and isn’t overly

fussy. Left, a shiplap archway ensures that the open-concept

layout doesn’t feel too “exposed,” and its lines guide you into the

kitchen. Above, Chabot had the idea of painting the bathroom

trim to match the cabinets to make the shiplap pop, while the

wood underfoot and on the mirrors provided a nice sense of

warmth. 41

High-Fashion Faucets

Photo by Michael J. Lee

What are all the sinks wearing? Statement-making fixtures that shine in the heart of the home. Waterstone is the brand in demand

for those with traditional taste and for those with a flair for the contemporary. The Gantry Faucet in satin brass (at right)

is a focal point in kitchen designer Donna Venegas’ own home and selected as it had the “height and the proportion to fit the

scale of the island.” To see what the designer would suggest for your kitchen renovation, visit Venegas and Company at

Monique’s Bath Showroom offers both fixtures shown above; ask for the Traditional Standard Reach

PLP Pulldown Faucet 5600 (left) or Waterstone’s The Gantry. Visit

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These days, home theater systems are not

solely about movies, says Evan Struhl, President

and CEO of Cutting Edge Systems Corp.

“You can watch TV or choose to become captivated

by playing video games.” Along with streaming video,

gaming has become an obsession among millennials, and,

for the young residents of a beautiful new Beacon Hill

townhome, it is undoubtedly “their hot spot.”

They approached Cutting Edge Systems because they

wanted a “killer system” in their posh, high design living

room. The catch was that the impeccably tasteful space

couldn’t look like a home theater; it needed to be a “living

room without compromise,” says Struhl.

At the touch of button, a custom speaker, designed and

built by Cutting Edge Systems, rises from its hiding space

behind the sofa to meet a motorized, 120-inch Stewart

screen. A powerful subwoofer is housed in a hidden,

custom built cabinet behind the couch. The projector fires

up from across the room; Lutron shades lower to shut out

the outside world and the lighting dims, casting a warm

glow over the high-tech scene.

The audio electronics by JBL Synthesis, says Struhl, “are

the highest quality and usually reserved for dedicated

home theater rooms.” Typically, you wouldn’t use such

a grand system in a space like this, he continues, but his

clients “wanted a lot of impact and excitement to come

through.” Cutting Edge Systems was happy to comply,

installing the motorized soundbar/subwoofer behind the

couch and a fully calibrated surround sound system that is

built in, invisibly.

As important as it is, the gaming theater is just one

component of a whole-home integration system. Cutting

Edge Systems also configured music, using small aperture

speakers that mimic the overhead lighting fixtures, video,

Lutron Palladiom keypads, lighting and shades. All of the

electronics, including an enterprise computer network with

secure WiFi, is efficiently housed in an equipment rack that

slides in and out of a custom closet.

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Many enjoy the luxury of working in a dedicated

office behind closed doors, whether the space is

masculine and masterful like a study lined with

bookshelves by Fallon Custom Homes & Renovations

(below middle), or crisp and uncluttered like Carter &

Company’s bright home office (below right) with pops

of turquoise. Other designs create desk space within

a wall of woodwork, like the gracious dove gray

built-in by Brendon Properties (above), or define it

with millwork, carving out a polished workstation

within the wall of the room à la Adams + Beasley

Associates (below left) or as a “study hall” of

sorts, as in Nicholaeff Architecture + Design’s well

articulated—and well situated—custom workstation

(top right). Mellowes & Palladino Architect’s flawless

living room design (above right) takes a different tack,

allowing for the job to get done at a glass table in

the thick of things, overlooking the landscape. Yet

Oak Development & Design’s Tiny House turned

temporary office (top left) may well be the most genius

of all; its retirement plan includes a next life as an

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“What really separates this house from others,” says

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Right out of the gate, the divergent tones make an

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this all-important space in your home.

“Bathrooms should have a combination of ambient and

task lighting,” explains Jim Henderson, Frank Webb

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According to Henderson, task lighting is directed so that

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or take medications, so creating at least one section of

your bathroom with enough directed brightness to see fine

detail is important.

Sconces, positioned on either side of your mirror, are a

popular form of task lighting. These eliminate shadows

cast from harsh overhead light. “Many medicine cabinets

now have LED lighting built into the mirrors, plus interior

and nightlights,” says Henderson. “Plus, don’t forget your

shower lighting. It’s important for bathing and shaving your

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brookes + hill custom builders, inc. ushers in a new decade with dynamic changes.

It has been a banner year at brookes + hill custom

builders, inc. The high-end custom builder and renovator

is celebrating its 10th year in business, and has marked the

milestone by moving to a new Waltham office, launching a

compelling new website and by promoting Jessica Griffith

to the role of principal, joining Eric Hill (pictured above

left) and David Brookes (right) at the helm.

Griffith, who has been at the company for seven years,

has, by all accounts, earned her new title. “She has the

respect of everyone in the industry,” asserts Eric Hill, “and

has become a tremendous asset because of how she

works and who she is.” As brookes + hill has grown, the

firm has become increasingly reliant on Griffith. “She has

accepted the responsibilities and has been a really great

fit,” says David Brookes. “This was our way to recognize

her contributions.”

One of brookes + hill’s foremost virtues is the high

involvement of its principals. With that operational

structure, it follows that the boutique firm’s growth would

necessitate a third leader, and Griffith is well respected

within the industry. “We only take on what we can be

personally involved in,” says Brookes. “That’s something

that a lot of people cannot claim.”

Because each project is “so custom and personal,” seconds

Griffith, at least one or two principals are invested in every

project—whether in the city proper or in Greater Boston.

“There are not a lot of people that do what we do,” says

Brookes. The custom builds and renovations of brookes +

hill are complex and unique projects that require careful

oversight and management. “That’s what makes us strong.”

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Derek Stearns is the Manager of Marketing, Sales and Design at Plymouth

Quarries, the 105-year-old Hingham quarry known for its Weymouth Granite.

Derek spearheads Plymouth Quarries’ education and mentorship program

that supports vo-tech schools, including South Shore Technical High School

in Hanover, Mass. Derek’s masonry expertise and communication skills have

been showcased on guest spots on PBS and as co-host of two national TV

shows. He is a regular keynote speaker at trade shows nationwide.

Ten years ago, when Derek Stearns and his cousin Dean

Marsico, head of executive sales and design at Plymouth

Quarries, were crisscrossing the U.S., and airing 200

episodes for “Rock Solid” and “Indoors Out,” they kept

hearing the same irritating line: The next generation

doesn’t like to work. “We were seeing ads showing a

piece of equipment that does the work of four people at

conventions,” says Derek, so we started to investigate this

so-called lack of labor.

Lumping an entire generation of kids together and claiming

they are all alike didn’t sit well with Derek. “That’s a

lie,” he says emphatically, “and I decided I didn’t want to

take part in that anymore. I didn’t want to talk about kids

that way.” He knew there were hard workers out there,

he and Dean would just have to figure out where to find

them—locally. “I just started knocking on doors,” he says.

“These kids don’t know you and you don’t know them, but

they’re out there and they want to work.”

Plymouth Quarries, a 105-year-old cornerstone in the region’s

stone industry, includes an educational component

as part of its mission that exposes students from South

Shore Vo-Tech and other schools to the rich opportunities

in the landscape field in a year-round program. Through

Dean and Derek with students from South Shore Technical High School.

the partnership, students see the full scope of landscape

design, tour the facility’s interior and exterior showrooms,

and learn about the products and what goes on in the

fabrication shop. They explore the different types of stone,

brick and concrete pavers and start to visualize how they

can work with these materials from a design perspective.

“The kids get jazzed up,” says Derek. “They really do.”

For Derek, fueling that fire was personal. “I struggled in

high school, with reading and books,” he admits. The one

thing he had, though, was building stone projects with his

dad, who was a master stone cutter. Derek recalls repairing

his first set of steps. The job gave him $500 in his pocket,

and, even better, a sense of pride. “I was like, ‘Wow! I like

this!’” As Derek wasn’t a “college kid,” he went to work.

“I started building and getting creative, and I have to say

it saved me.”

Many of the students on Plymouth Quarries’ program can

relate, and Derek is all about their empowerment. The

landscape industry has so much opportunity, he underscores.

“It is a multi-billion dollar industry. Let’s give it

some numbers.” It isn’t a cop-out, it’s a calling, and it’s

for this reason that Derek welcomes parents to join him

on tours and school info sessions. “In ten minutes they’re

thinking about the industry in a completely

different way.”

Derek wholeheartedly believes that

Plymouth Quarries as a business has a

responsibility to the next generation. “We

can’t just expect them to find their way by

chance. We’ve got to reach out to them.”

A great career and living are within reach.

“They just don’t know it yet.”

Fifty men and women running design

companies, contracting businesses and

architecture firms are waiting to hire the

groups from South Shore Vo-Tech after

graduation. “I tell the kids all the time:

‘We have so many companies waiting to

meet you,’” says Derek. “They have no

idea how important they are.”



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