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<strong>Volume</strong> <strong>VI</strong><br />



& STYLE<br />



A publication of Boston Design Guide


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From the Publisher<br />

<strong>PRELUDE</strong> – Rhode Island<br />

This <strong>PRELUDE</strong> is our RHODE ISLAND edition. While I have been traveling to the Ocean State<br />

for over 35 years, I’ve mostly only visited Newport and Providence. In recent years, however, I<br />

have learned about more and more people who are making Rhode Island their second home,<br />

in towns including Jamestown, Portsmouth, Bristol, and Little Compton. Those bucolic towns<br />

give me a whole different perspective of Rhode Island. Now, when I think of the area, I envision<br />

farms, vineyards edged with stone walls, and wide open spaces with the ocean nearby.<br />

Whether you’re living on Bellevue Avenue, Jamestown, or in Little Compton, the region truly<br />

evokes the movie, Somewhere in Time—the 1980s period romance staring Christopher Reeve<br />

and Jane Seymore—in which timeless architecture and regal beauty by the water really do<br />

exist. Throw in the fact that the state is considered the “sailing capital of the world” and is<br />

home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Newport Polo, Rhode Island’s refined, classic<br />

character is indelible.<br />

In this edition, we showcase some of the many people working in the design and build realm<br />

who are mindful of the environment. We feature three homes in which sustainability was a key<br />

component of the design. Conserving resources and creating energy are common themes<br />

in this issue, which also showcases landscape professionals who are doing their part to be<br />

stewards of this spectacular place we’re all blessed to be a part of.<br />

So enjoy going back in time as you browse this <strong>PRELUDE</strong>. Take in the beauty and style in which<br />

these talented individuals have created and preserved for generations to come.<br />

Melanie Perillo, Publisher<br />

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12 Pastoral Haven<br />

A historic Little Compton home get’s sustainable updates and a refined,<br />

timeless landscape.<br />

34 Passion for the Build<br />

WKP Construction strives to get the job done right with precision.<br />

40 Super-Powered Home<br />

TSP Smart Spaces covers all aspects of residential technology.<br />

43 Enduring Legacy<br />

A masonry artist’s insights on building long-lasting client relationships.<br />

50 Positive Vibes<br />

Thoughtforms creates homes with people in mind.<br />

54 Ship Shape<br />

A family relies on its experience living aboard boats to build an<br />

uber-efficient home.<br />

58 Fresh Perspective<br />

A kitchen overlooking Narragansett Bay embodies originality.<br />

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Melanie Perillo<br />


Jaci Conry<br />


Rob Silsby<br />


Andrea Mingels<br />

WRITER<br />

MaryKate Forté<br />


Ian Kaplan<br />


Lisa Almquist<br />

Ian Kaplan<br />

Colleen Keelan<br />

Maureen Lampert<br />


Anthony Crisafulli<br />

Warren Patterson<br />

Michael J. Lee<br />

Nat Rea<br />

Keitaro Yoshioka<br />

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Cover: Architecture: Gale Goff Architect; Construction: Arkins Construction Company;<br />

Landscape Architect: Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC;<br />

Landscape: Landscape Creations; Photography: Anthony Crisafulli<br />

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A historic property in<br />

Little Compton gets<br />

sustainable updates<br />

and a refined landscape<br />

with timeless appeal.<br />


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Topped with a green<br />

roof, the sleek addition<br />

has three walls of<br />

glass and connects<br />

to the new patio<br />

overlooking the pool,<br />

vegetable garden and<br />

pasture beyond.<br />

One of the first homes built in Little Compton,<br />

this property came into being in 1790. The rustic<br />

Cape Cod-style house and adjacent barn, set<br />

amid four verdant acres, ultimately became a<br />

gentleman’s horse farm. The current owners who live yearround<br />

in Boston purchased the place as a summer retreat in<br />

2017. Before their offer had even been accepted the couple<br />

consulted architect Gale Goff about renovating the original<br />

house with a modern addition that would honor the historic<br />

nature of the home.<br />

Ultimately, Goff’s office designed a glass central core that<br />

connects the storied structure with a 650-square-foot<br />

addition encompassing a new open stairway overlooking the<br />

living spaces, along with a mudroom, powder room, laundry<br />

area and an expansive hang out space. ”The new room<br />

has a very modern vibe, with large expanses of glass. It’s a<br />

great contrast to the rest of the house,” says Goff. Set low to<br />

the ground, the space seamlessly transitions with the patio<br />

when the sliding doors are opened, blurring the boundary<br />

between indoors and outside. Because truly, the home is all<br />

about the lush parcel upon which it is set.<br />

While it was important to the homeowners that the property<br />

retain its patina and rustic appeal, it also needed to feel<br />

suited to contemporary living. “Because of the way the<br />

site is positioned away from the road, the place really feels<br />

stuck back in time. The idea was to build on the agrarian<br />

aspect of the property,” says landscape architect Matthew<br />

Cunningham, who designed the grounds. “The family really<br />

wanted the kids to be able to run around barefoot.”<br />

Cunningham and his team worked with the homeowners to<br />

select drought tolerant and eco-friendly plantings to create<br />

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– Mathew Cunningham<br />

Clockwise from above: The neighbor’s horses often roam on the property;<br />

the addition is clad with clapboards painted black, while the original part<br />

of the house features black trim and classic cedar shakes; the barn, which<br />

has an outdoor shower is adjacent to the pool.<br />

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a landscape that feels laid back and authentic and doesn’t<br />

require huge maintenance or an intense carbon footprint.<br />

The property has several century-old fieldstone walls and<br />

Cunningham called for the creation of additional walls<br />

made with antique rocks. Landscape Creations carefully<br />

repaired the existing dry-stacked stone walls, installed<br />

plantings, and introduced modern outdoor amenities<br />

including a pool, firepit and terrace.<br />

“Reclaimed granite pieces were brought in to fit the rustic<br />

setting. We used feathers, wedges, and wrought iron tools<br />

to antique materials to the desired look,” says Landscape<br />

Creations founder, Jonathan Zeyl. “Then slings, excavators,<br />

and vacuum lifts were used to place the massive stones to<br />

exact specification.”<br />

The house needed significant updates to ensure it was an<br />

airtight space. “We stripped the home down to its original<br />

post and beam structure and reframed the walls to get<br />

the necessary insulated value,” says Andrew Cliff, project<br />

manager of Arkins Construction, the firm that spearheaded<br />

construction on the renovation. The need for fossil fuels<br />

was eliminated on the property by installing solar panels.<br />

A green roof was planted on top of the addition and<br />

the home’s original stone foundation was wrapped with<br />

a rubber membrane to make the basement watertight.<br />

While the home’s new systems ensure that it maintains<br />

a modernized eco-friendly footprint, interior details nod<br />

to its origins. The original 18th-century floors have been<br />

preserved on the main level along with three fireplaces and<br />

a beehive oven.<br />

The main chimney made out of ballast imported by brick<br />

from the Netherlands in the 1700s was rebuilt with the same<br />

joinery used back then. As with the way the landscape was<br />

designed and installed with reverence to the property’s<br />

provenance, Cliff says, “We worked hard to make sure the<br />

craftsmanship matched the time-period of the house.”<br />

Clockwise from left: A rebuilt stone wall with<br />

granite steppingstones leads through the<br />

gate to the pool. The gate posts are reclaimed<br />

salvaged granite; the patio and firepit are made<br />

of reclaimed granite procured from parking<br />

lot curbs, bridge parts, and old foundation<br />

slabs; Landscape Creations installed an allée of<br />

Crabapple trees that lines the meadow path.<br />

Architecture: Gale Goff Architect<br />

Construction: Arkins Construction Company<br />

Landscape Architect: Matthew Cunningham<br />

Landscape Design LLC<br />

Landscape: Landscape Creations<br />

Photography: Anthony Crisafulli<br />

Text: Jaci Conry<br />

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Clockwise from top: Rosemary Fletcher Photography, Ngoc Doan Photo, Anthony Crisafulli Photography<br />


We work with New England’s top landscape architects, custom builders, and clients to build extraordinary<br />

landscapes. Rhode Island projects featured were completed in collaboration with (clockwise from the top):<br />

Katherine Field and Associates, STIMSON, and Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design.<br />

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Native Surroundings<br />

An outdoor haven is created with reverence<br />

to its historic backdrop.<br />

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The backyard of this suburban home abuts conservation<br />

land, a verdant wooded wonderland of pathways, fields,<br />

and wildlife. The homeowners contracted landscape<br />

design firm, a Blade of Grass, to create an outdoor oasis<br />

where they could enjoy the view and spend time with<br />

their family.<br />

Owner and lead designer, Jim Douthit’s idea was to<br />

divide the space into four outdoor rooms, including an<br />

outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill and a seating area<br />

surrounding a firepit. “Each room is defined by distinct<br />

bluestone patios. The plantings around them serve as<br />

walls,” says Douthit.<br />

As a nod to the heritage of the protected landscape, the<br />

firepit is made of antique granite, which has a timeless<br />

appeal. Since a bit of privacy was necessary to shroud from<br />

the public pathway, the team calculated how tall plantings<br />

would ultimately grow. “We didn’t want anything too tall<br />

that would block the view,” says Douthit, noting that some<br />

of the varieties selected include black-eyed Susans and<br />

Verbena, which complement both the landscaped yard<br />

and the wild nature of the adjacent conservation land.<br />

For more information, visit abladeofgrass.com<br />

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ELEVATE YOUR EN<strong>VI</strong>RONMENT<br />

Lutron has been controlling light for decades by<br />

offering a wide variety of fabrics and solutions for<br />

window treatments that are reliable and quiet.<br />

Their Palladiom Shading System and keypad is yet<br />

another solution, elegant in its simplicity. The easy-tooperate<br />

keypad is sophisticated without being complex<br />

and its sleek design with backlit lettering makes it a chic<br />

solution perfect for any type of room. “The idea behind<br />

the shading system is that it has very simple lines, which<br />

doesn’t take away from the environment because it’s so<br />

non-obtrusive,” says president and CEO of Cutting Edge<br />

Systems, Evan Struhl, whose company sells this system.<br />

“The keypads don’t draw attention and don’t make you<br />

look at the shades, they make you almost forget that<br />

they’re there.”<br />

The Palladiom keypad is designed to work with the<br />

shading system, but it can also be used with the Lutron<br />

HomeWorks System to provide lighting, heating,<br />

ventilation, and air conditioning control. “Lutron’s<br />

evolution of different processes provides homeowners<br />

and businesses with ways to control the light in their<br />

environments,” says Struhl. “Palladiom is a step in the<br />

direction of providing not only controls and the basic<br />

features, but also elegance and simplicity for controlling<br />

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Catherine Truman Architects opens an outpost on Cape Cod.<br />


Catherine Truman Architects has been slowly and quietly<br />

gaining a reputation for subtle, well crafted, understated,<br />

and elegant projects. The Cambridge based firm, founded<br />

seven-and-a-half years ago, is primarily known for its work in<br />

the greater Boston area, yet its projects span from northern<br />

New England to the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands—<br />

with plans to do even more throughout New England.<br />

Truman will be expanding her practice to add an office on<br />

Cape Cod starting in 2021. The move southward comes as<br />

a result of her recent purchase of one of the oldest homes<br />

in Falmouth—and becoming her own client, undertaking a<br />

painstaking renovation of the antique property.<br />

The firm will continue to be anchored in the Cambridge<br />

office: “our world headquarters,” Truman jokes, where she<br />

and her team continue to take on new and varied projects.<br />

Currently, she’s working on the design of a new artists<br />

studio space in Boston, a mid-century modern renovation<br />

outside of town, and a barn-inspired family home on a<br />

conservation-protected property in a western suburb. At<br />

the time of this interview, Truman was also thrilled to share<br />

with us that her Net Zero Barn and Farmhouse project,<br />

in Western Massachusetts, had recently been awarded a<br />

Boston Society of Architects Residential Design Award—all<br />

great news and indicative, we hope, of future success!<br />

Photography: Nat Rea<br />

For more information, visit catherinetrumanarchitects.com.<br />

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Photography: Warren Patterson<br />


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Without Sandy, it wouldn’t be Clarke.<br />

More than 20 years ago, Sandra<br />

Lashway left a career in home<br />

economics and education to join<br />

the Clarke team. She is expertise<br />

personified. Ask her anything<br />

about cooking and how to<br />

create your beautiful,<br />

functional kitchen.<br />

Spend an hour at a Clarke Showroom and one thing is clear:<br />

your time with a Clarke Consultant is the most valuable part of your<br />

kitchen journey. While they’re not designers, these are the people<br />

designers call on when it comes to appliance recommendations.<br />

You won’t buy anything at Clarke, so there’s simply no pressure.<br />

What you can do is compare more Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove models<br />

than anywhere in New England. And explore a living portfolio of kitchens<br />

created by the region’s top designers. You’ll leave inspired with new<br />

knowledge to make your appliance selections with confidence.<br />

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“WKP Construction doesn’t just build homes,<br />

we solve for longevity. We build homes that<br />

are designed to be cherished and lived in,<br />

truly lived in, for generations to come.” says<br />

Wade K. Paquin, whose Newport, Rhode Island-based<br />

firm, WKP Construction will mark its 20 th year in business<br />

this June. “If a client comes to us with a challenging<br />

request, all the better. We love experimenting with new<br />

materials, leveraging the knowledge of our tradesmen,<br />

creating innovative solutions and elevating our expertise<br />

overall.”<br />

Ensuring that a home is built to its highest quality with<br />

meticulous attention to detail can sometimes be a long<br />

process, but the end result makes it well worth it, says<br />

Paquin. “Just as we appreciate and marvel over a fine<br />

cuisine, hand-crafted furniture, high fashion clothing—all<br />

of these things are in part luxurious and valued because<br />

of the time, attention and thoughtfulness spent creating<br />

them. I’m a firm believer that great things take time. And<br />

since a home is one of the biggest investments most<br />

people make, this has always just resonated with me. That<br />

said, not everyone agrees with this philosophy. And we’re<br />

okay with that. We’re not for everyone.”<br />

Paquin has been on construction job sites since he was<br />

a two-year-old when he would accompany his father, a<br />

home builder and designer, on jobs in the Boston area. He<br />

started framing when he was 12 and continued working<br />

on his father’s construction sites through college. After<br />

graduation from Construction Management at Roger<br />

Williams University, Paquin did a stint working for a<br />

large commercial construction firm, but he missed the<br />



www.buildshownetwork.com<br />

“I consider it a commitment to my clients, present<br />

and future, to constantly enrich and immerse<br />

myself in learning experiences that allow me to<br />

better understand our industry and the materials<br />

that help build long-lasting homes. My knowledge<br />

base is constantly expanding from annual trade<br />

shows, to meeting new tradesmen and artisans to<br />

understanding innovative building technologies,”<br />

says Wade Paquin, who is one of three builders<br />

from around the country that serves as a contributor<br />

on The Build Show Network, a channel devoted to<br />

showcasing the science behind building and quality<br />

craftsmanship with more than 900 videos.<br />

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Passion<br />

for the Build<br />

WKP Construction strives to get the job done right with<br />

precision, fine craftsmanship, and dedicated teamwork.<br />

Photo by George Gray<br />

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Projects in WKP Construction’s portfolio include<br />

these stunning spaces (clockwise from top): an<br />

open-air porch has unfetterd views of the ocean<br />

and a ceiling inset with custom wood detailing;<br />

a spacious kitchen with brass fixtures exudes<br />

contemporary elegance; this refined flat-roofed<br />

home nods to mid-century modern design; a freestanding<br />

tub in this master bathroom is oriented to<br />

overlook the secluded pastoral setting.<br />

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Photos by Warren Jagger<br />

residential side and launched his own business. “I was a<br />

one-man-show for the first few years, building during the<br />

day and doing paperwork at night,” recalls Paquin.<br />

Eventually, his hard work paid off, resulting in contracts<br />

for large, high-end homes and a robust, growing team.<br />

“I learned over the years that I had to get out of my own<br />

way and let go of the reins a little,” says Paquin. “I had<br />

to hire people to help the company grow and delegate<br />

responsibilities.”<br />

Since I’m working in the best interests of my clients, my<br />

job is to not only deliver a superb final product but also<br />

educate and evaluate along the way, in tandem with them.<br />

So if that means spending a Saturday evening reviewing<br />

the pros and cons of a product or material, I consider that<br />

part of my commitment to them.<br />

According to Paquin, the little details matter a lot. “My<br />

project managers and subcontractors know that I’m a<br />

stickler for the most minute details. I push everyone to give<br />

each task their all and then some. I suppose I like to think<br />

that perfection exists in home building. That mentality is<br />

simply part of our culture.”<br />

Visit wkpconstruction.com to learn more about the business.<br />

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SUPER<br />


HOME<br />

Offering advanced cyber security,<br />

lighting, sound systems, and IT solutions,<br />

TSP Smart Spaces covers all aspects of<br />

residential technology.<br />

Visit www.tsp.space<br />

Launched by MIT graduate Michael Oh in the early 1990s as a<br />

provider of Mac small business IT support, TSP Smart Spaces<br />

recognized a gap in the market about a decade ago: clients were<br />

asking for the company’s help at home. “They were dissatisfied<br />

with their home systems and the level of service they were<br />

getting from providers,” says Aaron Stallings, director of TSP’s<br />

smart spaces division, who focuses on client relations and<br />

residential design.<br />

With high profile corporate clients including the Boston Celtics<br />

and Novartis, TSP expanded into designing multi-faceted security,<br />

lighting, audio, and IT systems for luxury residential projects. “Our<br />

40<br />


history in IT services has provided us with more than just a robust<br />

set of technical skills. It has given us a unique perspective on<br />

home automation as a continuing relationship rather than just a<br />

one-time install.” says Stallings.<br />

TSP’s technical expertise is in demand now more than ever with<br />

so many people working from home requiring robust networks with<br />

strong security. “We build the cyber security infrastructure in the<br />

house, including the firewall and networking equipment,” says<br />

founder Michael Oh. “We’re not using stuff you buy on Amazon<br />

which can be easy to hack.”<br />

AV systems are now converging with more systems in the home<br />

and that creates risk, says Oh. “Our job is to design the systems<br />

including building the cyber security, having them installed, and<br />

then being there along the way to provide updates.”<br />

TSP also works with clients to install cutting edge lighting solutions.<br />

“There is a lot to understanding lighting control these days.<br />

We use systems that follow natural daylight patterns and rhythms<br />

and have a big impact on the homeowner’s well-being,” says<br />

Stallings. “Lighting is changing at the pace of computer technology<br />

and our job is to educate ourselves about what’s out there and<br />

bring it to our clients.”<br />

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Enduring Legacy<br />

A masonry artist’s insights<br />

on creating excellence and<br />

lasting relationships.<br />

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By Nick O’Hara, O’ Hara and Company<br />

When someone interviews me for a project,<br />

regardless of size, one of the first things I<br />

ask is, “How long are you going to enjoy<br />

living in this house?” The answer that<br />

motivates me most is when the client says, “Forever.<br />

This is our last house.” That’s the client for me. It’s a new<br />

opportunity to establish a long-term relationship, to build<br />

something beautiful and build it to last.<br />

These days I primarily work as an artist in my own right,<br />

but I also jump at the chance to work with like-minded<br />

people who want to build beautiful masonry projects that<br />

generations of their family will enjoy.<br />

Such was the case with this French-inspired, greater<br />

Boston property, a project I have been working on for<br />

three decades.<br />

Artistically like-minded people often come in the form<br />

of homeowners. People who want to see their visions<br />

made into reality. I’ve also been fortunate to run into<br />

many artistic and creative landscape architects, architects,<br />

interior designers, a few really good general contractors,<br />

and many great subcontractors.<br />

I was lucky with the two different lady owners of this<br />

magnificent property, both so talented in many ways. It<br />

all started back in the 1980s. My brothers and I had just<br />

“gotten off the boat” from Ireland. The original client<br />

was Mrs. O, who asked us to install “a nice set of Indiana<br />

limestone steps, please.”<br />

Of course, we had no idea what Indiana limestone was.<br />

Thus began my journey of discovery of all things STONE in<br />

America. We installed those limestone steps, then sought<br />

the help of an artistic landscape architect and installed the<br />

swimming pool and tennis court.<br />

One day, the artistic Mrs. O telephoned me. She had<br />

sadness in her voice. She was selling the house but<br />

assured me that she would only sell it to a like-minded<br />

person.<br />

And she did. I will just call that second owner Mrs. A. She<br />

is a magnificent lady, very sharp, with an artist’s aesthetic––<br />

always working it, a real collaborator, a gem. We added<br />

four fountains, a stunning barbecue area, koi pond, new<br />

terraces, a courtyard, entry gates, and a stucco addition<br />

built by one of the best general contractors around––Rob<br />

Lawrence out of Westwood.<br />

The original project evolved over a decade and 28 years<br />

later, I am still involved with the client’s team, paying close<br />

attention to the home’s ongoing upkeep and working on<br />

a few new projects like adding a pickleball court to the<br />

existing tennis court.<br />

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The message that I’d like to get across to young construction<br />

professionals is that you can enjoy a long-term relationship with clients<br />

who will always come back to you if you build it beautiful and you build<br />

it to last. I didn’t invent that, I just learned from the masters who came<br />

before me. And I’ve had a lot of help along the way.<br />

Clockwise from left: A courtyard with fish pond<br />

connects two parts of the home; a tranquil fountain<br />

in the kitchen courtyard; an airy pergola<br />

offers a shady spot to sit by the pool; a dining<br />

pavilion on the property has a romantic, timeless<br />

feel; the greenhouse overlooks the tennis court.<br />

To learn more about O’Hara & Company, visit oharacompany.com.<br />

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Behan Bros.’ skilled team of craftsmen has deep Rhode Island roots.<br />

“It’s all in the details,” says Garrett Behan. Garrett and<br />

his brother Mike Behan work as project managers at<br />

Behan Bros., Inc., the construction firm their father<br />

Michael Behan started in the 1970s. “All of our personnel<br />

take a very detail-oriented approach to every task they<br />

complete; every detail matters. This has been engrained<br />

in the company culture for over four decades.”<br />

Middletown-based Behan Bros., a leader in both<br />

residential and commercial building in Newport<br />

County, is regularly called upon to take on some of the<br />

region’s most ambitious and challenging construction<br />

programs—including the first LEED Gold-certified<br />

project in Rhode Island and the venerable Carnegie<br />

Abbey Club, now the Aquidneck Club. The firm builds<br />

several custom homes a year and frequently takes on<br />

nationally registered historic renovations.<br />

Most of the firm’s employees are native Rhode Islanders,<br />

which gives them intimate knowledge of the landscape<br />

in which they are working. It is a family culture: “Many<br />

members of the team have honed their carpentry and<br />

construction skills with Behan Bros.’ for 20, 30, or even<br />

40 years. This long-standing knowledge is critical to our<br />

success,” says Mike Behan.<br />

“Our customer service, experience, and commitment to<br />

quality are what set us apart, along with our ability to selfperform<br />

the most complex or critical details and facets<br />

of each project,” says Mike Behan. With a fully operational<br />

mill, a team of skilled carpenters, and several specialty<br />

tradesmen on staff, the company is able to ensure<br />

performance and quality are achieved on all job sites.<br />

For further details, visit behanbros.com.<br />

Photography Credit: Nat Rea Photography<br />

Architect: Union Studio Architecture & Community Design<br />

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CREATE<br />



BOSTON | 617-547-2800<br />

CAPE COD | 508-300-3000<br />


Thoughtforms, in business since 1972, strives to<br />

build homes that will endure. “The goal is to create<br />

homes that will be enjoyed for generations,” says<br />

Mark Doughty, who believes strongly in the value of<br />

high-performance homes. Doughty and his team are<br />

well versed in building science, product and process<br />

innovation, and the lifecycle impacts of a home and they<br />

are always looking for ways to build better and to share<br />

what they learn.<br />

“The possibility of a great future is something that<br />

everybody has to participate in, particularly given<br />

the range of challenges society is facing. There is no<br />

reason for a custom builder today to not build a highperformance<br />

home,” says Doughty. “But not everyone<br />

does because there’s a lot of misinformation in the<br />

market. The decision to build a high-performance<br />

home is too often seen as a statement on people’s<br />

values, rather than what it truly is: an objectively good<br />

choice in terms of a family’s health, economics and the<br />

environment.”<br />

A high-performance home is one with “good bones<br />

and a strong cardio system.” The building envelope<br />

(the “bones”) is carefully air-sealed and is well insulated,<br />

not just in the wall cavities, but also with continuous<br />

exterior insulation and energy-efficient windows. The allelectric<br />

mechanical systems (the “cardio”) are typically<br />

smaller than systems in a less-efficient home and include<br />

dedicated fresh-air ventilation that brings filtered air into<br />

the living space, necessary to counter air tightness and<br />

also an opportunity to improve indoor air quality.<br />

“If you connect a high-performance home to renewable<br />

energy—solar panels on the roof or adjacent land or<br />

renewables on the grid—you can reach net zero,” says<br />

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Positive Vibes<br />

Mark Doughty, owner and CEO of<br />

custom builder Thoughtforms, creates<br />

homes with people in mind.<br />

Photography: Chuck Choi<br />

Doughty. A home that is net-zero produces as much<br />

energy as it consumes. For his own home, Doughty<br />

achieved net positive, meaning that the home produces<br />

70 percent more energy than it uses; with the extra<br />

electricity the family is able to power their home and a<br />

plug-in hybrid vehicle, while also banking credits with<br />

the electric company.<br />

“In my house, the biggest thing you notice about<br />

sustainability is that you don’t notice anything. It’s just<br />

our home. You’d have no idea it has high-performance<br />

attributes because it doesn’t seem any different inside<br />

or out,” says Doughty. “Living in a high-performance<br />

home, you have the comfort and emotional security of<br />

knowing you’re protecting the environment. Now we just<br />

have to figure out how to reduce the embodied carbon<br />

in construction…”<br />

For more details, visit thoughtforms-corp.com.<br />

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Construction: MacCormack Builders; Photography: Bob O’Connor<br />

508-620-0775 | 93 Beaver Street, Framingham, MA 01702 | onyxgranite.com

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of saying, "Let's Party."<br />

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Ship Shape<br />


It’s no small accomplishment for a family of five to reside<br />

on a sailboat. “We figured if we could manage on a boat,<br />

we could certainly manage to live in a relatively small<br />

house,” says Chris Museler, who set about designing a<br />

sustainable home in Jamestown, Rhode Island with the<br />

help of architect Paul Weber.<br />

“The goal was to live in as small a space as we could get<br />

away with while still having enough room for the five of<br />

us,” says Museler, of this compact four-bedroom home.<br />

“We also wanted the house to be unobtrusive and recede<br />

with the woods; to look and feel as though it had been<br />

here for a long time.”<br />

Sustainability was a key object to the design of the home.<br />

All systems are electric—heat pumps, air conditioning,<br />

hot water, clothes dryer, lighting, cooking—and all run-off<br />

batteries supplemented by photovoltaic panels installed<br />

on the roof, says Weber.<br />

“The house is super insulated with double-thick exterior<br />

walls and triple-glazed windows.” As a result, the home<br />

is net-positive, which means it typically produces more<br />

energy than it uses over the course of a year.<br />

Weber devised a simple-shaped, narrow, two-story<br />

structure that echoes the extruded form of a barn with<br />

yellow cedar exterior siding offset by cementitiouspanel<br />

cladding. Utilizing a simple palette of materials<br />

helps ensure the home doesn’t feel extravagant or<br />

pretentious, says Museler, noting that the kitchen features<br />

a combination of European birch plywood and Formica.<br />

“Every space in the house is a multi-use space,” says<br />

Museler. The home’s one “grand feature” is a doubleheight<br />

vaulted ceiling in the living area. “As a result, we<br />

lost two rooms upstairs,” he says. “But if we find we don’t<br />

have enough space, that just means we need to get rid of<br />

some stuff.”<br />

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Kritsada photography<br />

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

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781.861.0086 | brookesandhill.com<br />

Photo: Michael Moran/OTTO Photography

Color Makes<br />

a Comeback<br />



With custom styles and splashes of color, kitchen and<br />

bathroom fixtures are bolder than ever. Not only is color<br />

making a comeback, but the return of wood is too,<br />

according to Patricia Jones, vice president of retail sales at<br />

Snow and Jones, Inc. who is observing an increase in the<br />

demand for authentic wood vanities.<br />

Driftwood and washed gray tones, along with white oak<br />

are increasingly popular, says Jones, noting that wood<br />

warms up bathrooms, which tend to be among the coolest<br />

feeling spaces in the home. “For so long we were in a<br />

world of only white and gray vanities, but now we’re seeing<br />

more wood, which is long overdue.”<br />

Snow and Jones offers Bertch semi-custom vanities,<br />

available in a variety of wood tones. They also carry<br />

Victoria + Albert custom painted bathtubs, offered in<br />

volcanic limestone with 150 matte or glossy colors to<br />

choose from. The bathtubs demonstrate homeowners’<br />

willingness to incorporate more warmth and personal<br />

touch in the bathroom.<br />

“People used to be really focused on resale value and<br />

didn’t want to make a mistake in a renovation,” says<br />

Jones. “Now people are not afraid to be themselves.”<br />

Two-tone faucets are another way individuals are spicing<br />

up their spaces, which is seen particularly in urban areas,<br />

says Jones. Snow and Jones displays the Juxtapose<br />

kitchen faucet by Kallista, a black and brass two-tone<br />

faucet that is bolder and more colorful than a traditional<br />

stainless-steel faucet. Jones says, “The two-tone faucets<br />

offer a fun pop of color and contrast in the kitchen and<br />

bath spaces, which is refreshing.”<br />

Snow and Jones has showrooms on Cape Cod and the<br />

South Shore, for information visit snowandjones.com.<br />

Architect: Marcus Gleysteen; Interior Designer: Hurley Hafen; Photographer: Douglas Friedman Photography<br />

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Photography by Keitaro Yoshioka<br />

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FRESH<br />




With its majestic ocean views, it was<br />

important that the elements of this<br />

kitchen in Jamestown, Rhode Island<br />

didn’t detract from the outdoor<br />

perspective. Equally important, according to Samantha<br />

DeMarco, the senior designer at Divine Design Center who<br />

was contracted by the homeowners to execute the first<br />

floor redesign, was that the kitchen exude a sophisticated<br />

minimalist aesthetic with a calm and inviting appeal.<br />

The homeowners are avid cooks who love to entertain,<br />

says DeMarco, noting that they were very involved in the<br />

design phase. “They wanted the kitchen to be reflective of<br />

them and it was important that it have a modern vibe.”<br />

Walnut continuous horizontal grain veneer frames the<br />

white matte lacquer cabinetry, exuding a subtle sense of<br />

warmth. All of the Doca cabinets feature custom Bunotte<br />

doors with cut-out handles that are discreet and sleek. The<br />

Arketipo Auto-Reverse sofa and the Leolux Parabolica add<br />

casual sophistication to the living room.<br />

The Gaggenau steam and convection oven commands<br />

attention. The hand-crafted steel and glass oven is a<br />

utilitarian work of art that is as efficient as it is luxurious.<br />

With a touch to open feature for ultimate convenience, the<br />

Gaggenau refrigerator and freezer are clean and minimal<br />

with no handles. The appliance is encased discreetly behind<br />

the white panels, creating no interruption in the cabinetry.<br />

The quartzite island, which has a full surface induction<br />

cooktop at the center, comfortably seats the family’s<br />

four children and also serves as a great spot for adults to<br />

congregate and entertain. Designed at a slight angle, the<br />

island is oriented to capture an expansive view of<br />

the water.<br />

“Working with my clients on this project was truly a<br />

rewarding experience in that we shared the same passion<br />

for bringing this design to life. It was extremely fulfilling to<br />

see it come together.” says DeMarco.<br />

To learn more about Divine Design Center, visit<br />

divinedesigncenter.com.<br />

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Maryann Thompson Architects, Scott Norsworthy Photography<br />

96 SWAMPSCOTT ROAD, SALEM, MA 01970 | 781-592-3135 | GROOMCO.COM/BDG


Landscapes<br />

Schumacher Companies<br />

focuses on cultivating<br />

grounds for longevity.<br />

A family business since inception in 1965, Schumacher<br />

Companies is a landscape construction and maintenance<br />

firm serving a high-end residential clientele throughout<br />

New England. With over 50 years crafting quality<br />

landscapes, it’s clear that the team knows a few things<br />

about longevity. The company has a keen understanding<br />

of the impact their work has on the earth.<br />

“Our goal is to be stewards of the landscape,” says Molly<br />

Hutt-Wardell, the maintenance manager for Schumacher’s<br />

Cape Cod division. “We have a respect not only for the<br />

client’s expectations and aesthetic, but for the ecology<br />

of the habitats we are working in.” This means that the<br />

company is committed to sustainable practices including<br />

using organic lawn fertilizers and vinegar to treat weeds.<br />

A focus is put on using native plant material in Schumacher<br />

designed landscapes as plants from other zones require<br />

more water and additional fertilizers to stay alive.<br />

Additionally, landscape teams double-grind leaves taken<br />

from a property into compost that is put back into the<br />

yard. Says Hutt-Wardell, “Taking raw material from a site<br />

and transforming it is creating a circular system—how we<br />

take what we have and utilize to the best of our ability.”<br />

“Education and science are at the forefront of what we<br />

do,” says Hutt-Wardell. “It’s a balance of maintaining the<br />

integrity of the landscape and horticultural principles while<br />

being a good steward.”<br />

Visit dschumacher.com for details.<br />

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Quality Craftsmanship<br />

Warren Patterson Photography<br />

1545 Broadway Road Dracut, MA 01826 | 978-804-5083<br />


This smart home embodies modern technology and style.<br />

This Boston area residence, designed<br />

by Slocum Hall Design Group, takes<br />

cues from Prairie style architecture<br />

and elevates the definition of smart<br />

home to the next level. Concept<br />

Building and Systems Design and<br />

Integration collaborated on the<br />

building and integration of electrical<br />

devices for this home, using the<br />

latest technology. Work began in<br />

February 2019 and the project is only<br />

a few months away from completion.<br />

Jeff Capello, owner of Concept<br />

Building, and his partner Alan Baima<br />

have worked closely throughout the<br />

process with the owners of Systems<br />

Design and Integration, Alexa and<br />

Angel Centeno, whose company<br />

integrates smart home system technology into spaces.<br />

They worked together to ensure that by the end of this<br />

project every home automated function will be operated<br />

by voice, phone, or iPad.<br />

Josh.ai, a natural language processing technology, is used<br />

throughout the home for voice control that is natural and<br />

convenient. Savant home automation system and climate<br />

control provides comfort at the touch of a button and can<br />

be activated by the homeowners’ smartphones.<br />

The home also boasts Seura TV Mirrors, which are highperformance<br />

televisions when on, and stunning mirrors<br />

when off. Leon moving art lifts are also featured, using<br />

original art to conceal televisions so they blend into the<br />

home. Lutron lighting throughout the house is managed<br />

with the touch of a button, and Circadian lighting supports<br />

the human circadian system by reflecting strong light<br />

during the day and less of it at night.<br />

Artison invisible speakers are located in the dining room,<br />

hidden behind sheetrock so they seamlessly blend into the<br />

space. A dedicated home theater showcases a 120-inch<br />

screen and projector, creating a high-end entertainment<br />

experience.<br />

For more information, visit slocumhalldesign.com,<br />

conceptbuildinginc.com and sdiboston.com.<br />

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