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<strong>Volume</strong> <strong>VIII</strong><br />

A publication of Boston Design Guide<br />

CUSTOM<br />

HOME<br />



Lofty dreams?<br />

Let’s build them.

Trent Bell Photography / Hacin & Associates

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Photography - Clockwise From Top Left:<br />

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Exquisite craftsmanship.<br />

It’s what we do.<br />

Custom Homes | Additions + Renovations | Custom Cabinetry<br />

| PLATTBUILDERS.COM | 978.272.9963<br />

Sage Conti Design, Greg Premru Photography

From the Publisher<br />

I don’t know about you, but everywhere I look, there is construction going on: new<br />

high rises popping up on the ever-changing Seaport landscape, suburban streets<br />

lined with construction vehicles, homes dotted with dumpsters and porta-potties….<br />

it seems that everyone is doing something to optimize their living space.<br />

Many people are working from home and homeschooling, therefore rethinking their<br />

home’s functionality. Even beyond function, we are all searching for the comforts<br />

and refuge a home can provide, especially during this uncertain time in the world.<br />

We dedicate this issue of <strong>PRELUDE</strong> to the custom builders who are ready to assist<br />

in any of your construction needs…but you’d better call them now, as many are<br />

booking into 2023.<br />


Melanie Perillo, Publisher<br />

@BostonDesignGuide @BostonDesignGuide @BostonDesignMag<br />

10 Old World Craftsmanship<br />

Keeping to the time-honored tradition of hand craftsmanship.<br />

20 Just Right<br />

A love letter to Adirondack style and artisanal craftsmanship in a summer<br />

house on Lake Winnipesaukee.<br />

28 Custom Refrigeration for the Modern Home<br />

Why the RootCellar Concepts refrigerated pantry just makes sense.<br />

34 Clean Lines<br />

A mid-century modern inspired home for the multi-generational family.<br />

38 Earth Day Every Day<br />

Mark Doughty of Thoughtforms Corp. walks the talk with his own home.<br />

40 Safe Haven<br />

TSP keeps the owners lakefront vacation property save and secure.<br />

44 Family Oasis<br />

A couple’s dream retreat fit for multiple generations is realized.<br />

54 Mountainside Escape<br />

An all-season retreat at South Peak Resort for builder’s own family.<br />

59 A Passive State of Mind<br />

Demystifying the benefits of passive home building.<br />

Cover: Architect: Andreozzi Architecture; Builder: Parker Construction; Landscape Architect: Mather & Page<br />

Landscape Architects; Landscape Construction: Landscape Creations; Photography: Michael J. Lee<br />


Melanie Perillo<br />


Alyssa Bird<br />

Kate Ellis<br />

Marni Elyse Katz<br />

Katie Mientka<br />


Rob Silsby<br />


Anna Mallard<br />


Ian Kaplan<br />


Lisa Almquist<br />

Ian Kaplan<br />

Colleen Keelan<br />

Maureen Lampert<br />


Evelyn Dow Lynne Damianos<br />

Jessica Delaney Michael J. Lee<br />

Warren Patterson Greg Premru<br />

Nat Rea<br />

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design: Maryann Thompson Architects<br />

bannon<br />

Imagine a home, build a legacy<br />

www.bannonbuilds.com | 508-833-0050

Photography: Warren Patterson<br />

Photo: Read McKendree<br />

The team at Kevin Cradock Builders crafts all the custom cabinetry and millwork for each project in its Boston workshop. Eric<br />

Swanson (top right), the millwork manager, has been in the industry for more than 40 years and ensures top quality on every<br />

job. A bathroom vanity for a recent project features intricate, hand-carved panels. Owen Russell (bottom left), the shop foreman,<br />

perfecting the vanity panels in the shop prior to installation.<br />

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Craftsmanship<br />

Old World<br />

In an age of mass-production, Kevin Cradock<br />

Builders keeps to the time-honored tradition<br />

of hand craftsmanship<br />

By Alyssa Bird<br />

Founded in 1996, Boston-based Kevin Cradock Builders evolved from a<br />

finish carpentry business to a high-end, full-service construction company.<br />

Now, a team of 35 skilled carpenters, woodworkers, and project managers<br />

work on both renovations and new construction, building luxury residences<br />

in collaboration with architects and interior designers for discerning<br />

homeowners. “We craft the wood elements in a home – like cabinetry<br />

and millwork – in our own shop,” explains president and founder Kevin<br />

Cradock, who was first introduced to carpentry as a teen and later<br />

took on an apprenticeship that got him hooked. “As a team, we<br />

are passionate about woodworking and architecture of any style,<br />

whether it’s super modern, traditional or historic,” says Cradock.<br />

“About 90 percent of our commissions are renovations, which<br />

require much more critical thinking and problem-solving than<br />

new construction. With a renovation or restoration, you have to<br />

channel the working methods of the original builders of the<br />

home if you want the final product to look cohesive.”<br />

The ethos at KCB is maintaining a high standard of<br />

quality and creating a positive experience for everyone<br />

involved. “Relationships are important to me. I value the<br />

interactions with clients, architects, and interior designers<br />

as well as the team here,” Cradock says. Their projects<br />

will sometimes extend beyond Boston for longtime<br />

clients building vacation properties. “The variety of<br />

work makes it fun, and my passion for what we do<br />

keeps me engaged. The beauty we create as a team<br />

inspires me every day.”<br />

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Photography: Greg Premru Photography

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responsiveness of the YBH sales, shop and on-site build crew.<br />

Design Manager, Kerri Post, understood the budget from the<br />

design we created and worked out the final costs and contract<br />

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photo updates and answers to setup questions. Onlookers and<br />

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and I was sad to see the YBH Build Crew go.”<br />

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Designed by Yankee Barn Homes, the Beachcomber<br />

boasts oceanside appeal that looks and feels effortless.<br />

The behind-the-scenes maneuvering to construct a<br />

home in a heavily zoned area, however, was anything but.<br />

Contending with a “high-risk” flood zone and stringent<br />

environmental regulations required an agile approach<br />

well before ground was broken. To win approval from the<br />

Conservation Committee and comply with permitting<br />

requirements, the Beachcomber had to meet several<br />

standard provisions. Homeowner Pietrina Analetto says<br />

the site engineer and design/build team were “very<br />

familiar with the requirements and we designed to those<br />

from the outset.”<br />

From avoiding the use of asphalt and other nonpermeable<br />

surfaces to ensuring first floor elevation of<br />

at least 15 feet, there were a number of challenges to<br />

overcome. For example, the sweeping porch on the<br />

waterside sits in the VE flood zone, while the rest of the<br />

structure is in the AE zone.<br />

Restrictions on building are much tighter. To accommodate,<br />

this was built as a floating section, unattached to the<br />

home itself. The porch and stairs are also open underneath<br />

to minimize drag and SmartVents were installed on<br />

all sides of the 5.5 foot high foundation to allow water to<br />

pass through.<br />

Analetto opted for a rooted base of grass versus gravel or<br />

sand for erosion protection, saying, “Ideally, large pavers<br />

will be added to further anchor the land and maintain an<br />

easy path to the water’s edge.” Experience and innovation<br />

brought this inspired design to life.<br />

Visit yankeebarnhomes.com for more on this project.<br />

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At the back of the house, a grand stair leads<br />

the screened porch to the lawn. Pods for the<br />

couple’s 20-something children, each with<br />

multiple bedrooms, baths, and a communal<br />

hangout space are on the second floor. A<br />

dormered bunk room tops the garage at the far<br />

left. The first-floor primary suite angles away<br />

from the great room on the far right. “The kinks<br />

in the floor plan mitigate the home’s scale,”<br />

Battle explains.<br />

Architecture: Battle Architects Writer: Marni Elyse Katz<br />

Builder: Wood & Clay, Inc.<br />

Photography: Greg Premru<br />

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Battle Architects and Wood & Clay<br />

join forces to design and build a<br />

love letter to Adirondack style and<br />

artisanal craftsmanship in a summer<br />

house on Lake Winnipesaukee.<br />

How do you create and construct a 20,000-plus-squarefoot<br />

home on Lake Winnipesaukee, the entirety of<br />

which is crafted with inordinate care? “The theme was<br />

collaboration, coordination, and consideration,” says<br />

Shannon Robinson-Beland. She and her husband, Kevin<br />

Beland co-own Wood & Clay, the custom home builder<br />

in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire that led the build.<br />

“It was often a project about management,” Beland says,<br />

noting that the enterprise included over 100 different<br />

tradespeople and artisans hailing from all over New<br />

England, Upstate New York, and out West.<br />

The homeowners, a Connecticut couple with kids in their<br />

twenties, chose John Battle, principal of Battle Architects,<br />

to design the timber frame Adirondack-style home after<br />

their prior vacation residence burned to the ground.<br />

Rather than rebuild in place, the couple acquired three<br />

contiguous lakefront lots where they could realize their<br />

dreams for a resort-like compound that could accommodate<br />

large, extended gatherings of family and friends.<br />

After exploring various iterations, Battle, whose Concord,<br />

Massachusetts-based firm has designed an impressive<br />

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(Clockwise, top right) Wood<br />

& Clay built the boat house<br />

first. “The process was very<br />

helpful in establishing a good<br />

working relationship with the<br />

clients,” Beland says.<br />

The kitchen has cherry<br />

cabinets with stained<br />

glass panels and Brazilian<br />

quartzite countertops.<br />

Leather tiles line the wall in<br />

the adjacent sitting area.<br />

Millwork paneling with a<br />

hand-striéd finish inspired by<br />

an Adirondacks lodge is the<br />

backdrop for the front stair<br />

with a carved black walnut<br />

rail. The massive mahogany<br />

door has medieval detailing<br />

such as pyramidical rivets.<br />

The patio off the great room<br />

provides the perfect vantage<br />

point of the lake.<br />

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array of lake houses in the Northeast, the clients<br />

concluded they wanted a single structure, not a series of<br />

smaller ones. The challenge, therefore, would be marrying<br />

the architecture with the landscape rather than allowing<br />

it to dominate. “The house would be substantial, but it<br />

could not overwhelm,” Battle says.<br />

The architect reconciled what he calls “a grand vision of<br />

scale and feeling” by carefully considering the land. Step<br />

one was determining the sweet spot. “We identify where<br />

the best views are, then decide what part of the building<br />

goes where,” the architect says. “All of the geometry and<br />

the energy of the house is derived from the geometry of<br />

the site,” Battle explains.<br />

The home, oriented due south on Tips Cove, revels in<br />

lake life. A dramatic screened porch and expansive great<br />

room feature river rock pillars and lively, curved trusses that<br />

support jaunty gable roofs. Architecturally, each presents<br />

as distinct structures; functionally, each serves as its own<br />

magical room. These double height living spaces bookend<br />

the traditional heart of the home—the kitchen and dining<br />

spaces—which nestle between them, set back just enough<br />

to embrace a central, circular patio. “The architecture<br />

wraps to create a marvelous exterior space,” Battle says.<br />

“It’s the perfect way to organize a summer house.”<br />

The Douglas fir frame sets a woodsy tone, but with a sense<br />

of refinement. “The clients wanted a natural look, but not<br />

a rough one,” Beland says. As such, the team used radiobostondesignguide.com<br />


(Clockwise, top left) Beland sourced the 8000-pound, granite<br />

slab for the hearth in the great room at a local quarry. “This<br />

gorgeous fireplace needed a base that felt substantial,” he says.<br />

“This is about 12-feet long and 18-inches high.”<br />

The basement includes a bowling alley dressed up like Fenway<br />

Park. The home theater sits behind the wall with the pins.<br />

“Acoustic floors and ceilings affected where the H/VAC and<br />

lighting could be installed and required an additional level of<br />

coordination,” Robinson-Beland says.<br />

Windows with a view to the lake surround the great room,<br />

where the furniture is comfortable and luxurious.<br />

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frequency, kiln-dried timber for the posts and beams. “It’s<br />

a more involved drying process that helps minimize the<br />

natural occurrence of checks in the wood,” Robinson-<br />

Beland explains. The curved timbers are grain matched<br />

glulams. “They’re fabricated from the same piece of wood<br />

so the grain is consistent,” Beland says. “You can’t tell<br />

they’re made from laminated layers.”<br />

The architecture and design team—Battle’s wife, Janice<br />

Battle of Beyond the Garden, led the interiors effort—<br />

selected of medley of wood species with tones that offer<br />

rich contrast to the Douglas fir frame. Robinson-Beland<br />

ticks off predominant varieties: “The first-floor features<br />

cherry, mahogany, and red birch, and the second floor<br />

highlights a lot of butternut, as well as oak, and hickory.”<br />

The team of millworkers was vast. In addition to Wood<br />

& Clay’s in-house team, the project required Beland<br />

to bring in millworkers from beyond his usual pool in<br />

New Hampshire and Massachusetts. “We had out-ofstate<br />

millworkers who stayed up here for weeks or even<br />

months,” Robinson-Beland says.<br />

And then there were the artisans. There’s the wood carver<br />

in Lake Placid who made the cherry mantelpiece carved<br />

with native black bears; the blacksmith in Colorado<br />

who forged the wrought-iron fire screen replete with<br />

evergreens; the glass artist in upstate New York who<br />

turned out stained-glass sketches; the list goes on.<br />

Every aspect of the interior is a joyful celebration of<br />

craftsmanship. “The owners’ mantra was that they wanted<br />

to ‘love every inch,’” Battle recalls. “I think we succeeded.”<br />

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Photography: Warren Patterson<br />

If you’ve ever desired a bit of space to yourself to let your<br />

mind rest, just far enough away from the bustling household<br />

hub…then join the club. You’re not alone in wanting<br />

time alone, whether it’s to work, play or reset. Maybe you<br />

have shelved a hobby or passion due to lack of space<br />

or privacy at home, or you’re in need of an office that’s<br />

separate from your house—without a commute. From pool<br />

houses to home gyms, the possibilities are vast, just ask<br />

Eric Lien of Lien Enterprises, who has built dozens of stunning<br />

luxury homes in the Metro West area.<br />

GET<br />

OUT<br />

We all need our space and Lien<br />

Enterprises Custom Builders delivers.<br />

Adding a beautifully designed, functional outbuilding<br />

to your property increases your usable square footage<br />

as well as the overall value of your home. A small, standalone<br />

structure is quite flexible in the sense that it can be<br />

adapted to suit changing homeowners over time. What<br />

might be an art studio for one family might serve as an inlaw<br />

suite for another.<br />

Lien and his team have created some of the most sophisticated<br />

examples of high-end outbuildings—see the pool<br />

house and photo/art studio above. No matter the style or<br />

purpose, most outbuildings share one common personality<br />

trait: they feel like a part of the back yard as a natural<br />

extension of the house. But these are no ordinary back<br />

yard structures; they’re works of art and engineering, with<br />

the potential to be the centerpiece of the whole yard.<br />

Check out liencustombuilders.com to start your project.<br />

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We sat down with Paul DeLorenzo and<br />

Don Lake to discuss why the RootCellar<br />

Concepts refrigerated pantry just makes<br />

sense homeowners.<br />

What is a RootCellar?<br />

RootCellar ® takes the concept of a commercial walkin<br />

refrigerator and refines the design for residential<br />

kitchens. We’ve customized a pocket door to blend<br />

with any kitchen design and our highly efficient cooling<br />

technology lets you create a complete food storage<br />

system for your home—no separate fridge and freezer<br />

required. Just walk into your RootCellar and grab what<br />

you need for a quick breakfast, family dinner, or to<br />

bring out the party platters and chilled microbrews for<br />

your guests.<br />

RootCellar is ideal for homeowners looking to build or<br />

remodel their kitchen to reflect the way they really live,<br />

cook, and entertain. We are changing the way people<br />

shop and organize, with plenty of space for stocking<br />

up on everything from subscription service meals to<br />

bulk cooking staples and snacks for the kids. With<br />

everything in one place, you’ll find hosting easier—and<br />

more rewarding—than ever before.<br />

How much space will I need?<br />

RootCellar - custom walk-in refrigerator<br />

We design every RootCellar to fit perfectly into your<br />

home. No two projects are alike, so it’s difficult to<br />

answer this question without seeing your space.<br />

Don Lake works on a custom insulated door.<br />

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Paul DeLorenzo and Don Lake of RootCellar Concepts<br />

Custom Refrigeration<br />

for the Modern Home<br />

However, we do suggest a minimum footprint of 7’ by<br />

8’ to allow for design elements like the freezer bay and<br />

automatic door. Most of our clients find that 8’ by 10’ is<br />

ideal for a cooler/freezer combination, but we can make<br />

your RootCellar as large as you like!<br />

Remember, adding a RootCellar will allow you to eliminate<br />

your refrigerator, saving space in other parts of the kitchen.<br />

For best results, please contact us early in your planning<br />

process so we can work with your designer to maximize<br />

storage space.<br />

I’ve seen RootCellar Concepts refrigerated pantries in<br />

a wide variety of kitchens, and each one is different.<br />

Is it challenging to build a custom product for every<br />

homeowner?<br />

We’re privileged to work with many talented and creative<br />

design professionals, and we love seeing what they come<br />

up with! Most homeowners find that our refrigerated<br />

pantry is quite easy to incorporate into their kitchen design<br />

because we’ve developed it to be a chameleon of sorts.<br />

The only visible element is the automatic, hands-free<br />

door, which can be fashioned to achieve any artistic vision.<br />

We’ve seen designers match cabinetry or make them<br />

stand out with materials like stainless steel, brass, and<br />

glass. The only limit is your imagination.<br />

Photography: Warren Patterson<br />

How do you keep up with changing trends in kitchen<br />

design?<br />

Simplicity is at the heart of RootCellar Concepts. We blend<br />

right in with current preferences for airy, open kitchens and<br />

pantry living. RootCellar can streamline your kitchen layout<br />

and, thanks to spacious shelving, you can find anything<br />

you need, the moment you need it. And, of course,<br />

the ability to customize your RootCellar door to match<br />

any décor makes it easy for our refrigerated pantries to<br />

complement your favorite design elements.<br />

Is RootCellar the wave of the future? Will it be in every<br />

new home?<br />

We’re always a little suspicious whenever we hear a<br />

product described in sensational terms like that. On<br />

the other hand, we often find ourselves using words<br />

like “revolutionary” and “life-changing” to describe<br />

RootCellar—because those are the words our customers<br />

use. Everyone knows what it’s like to stand in front of their<br />

refrigerator with the door open, searching shelf by shelf<br />

and shuffling items around to find something hidden in the<br />

back. Repeat this ritual three times a day for each meal,<br />

and you’re at peak inefficiency. RootCellar gives people<br />

back their time and creates a much more relaxing space<br />

in the kitchen. And as the center of the home, the kitchen<br />

really sets the tone for how you live.<br />

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Building Connections<br />


Front: Jeff Capello and Alan Baima<br />

Led by Jeff Capello and Alan Baima, Waltham-based<br />

Concept Building has been serving the Boston area since<br />

2009. During that time, the company has cultivated many<br />

lifelong ties with clients, vendors, subcontractors, and<br />

design professionals. “I have a great relationship with<br />

every client we’ve ever worked for,” says Baima, who<br />

oversees the day-to-day operations at Concept Building’s<br />

various jobsites. “We have many repeat clients, so we get<br />

to know their families, watch their children grow, and see<br />

them enjoying the spaces we’ve created for them.”<br />

For Baima, it’s these individual relationships with clients<br />

and fellow industry professionals that makes his job<br />

fulfilling. “We’ve known some of our subcontractors for<br />

nearly 15 years, and having that core team is a big part<br />

of our success as a company,” explains Baima. “When<br />

it comes to working with architects and designers, our<br />

mission is to support them on site and be as transparent<br />

as possible” In fact, Michael Tartamella, managing<br />

principal of the firm Patrick Ahearn Architect, has<br />

witnessed this first-hand, saying that “Alan always ensures<br />

clear communication across the project team. I always<br />

appreciate his organization and attention to detail.” And<br />

David Boronkay, principal of architecture and interior<br />

design firm Slocum Hall Design Group, agrees: “Alan is<br />

one of the most attentive and knowledgeable contractors<br />

we partner with. He is always multiple steps ahead of<br />

the process, anticipating potential issues and mitigating<br />

them before they come to the surface. His unshakable<br />

temperament makes Alan and the entire Concept Building<br />

team a pleasure to work alongside.”<br />

The goal for every project, according to Baima, is to “deliver<br />

a high-level product that makes people happy. If a problem<br />

arises, we will always rip off the Band-Aid and figure out a<br />

solution instead of pointing fingers. It can be challenging<br />

at times, but I feel very fortunate to do what I enjoy.”<br />

Connect with Concept Builders for your next project by<br />

visiting conceptbuildinginc.com.<br />

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When a young family purchased a home in West Newton<br />

Hill, they called upon architect Peter Sachs and interior<br />

designer Heather Vaughan to integrate three generations,<br />

seamlessly, and create a space in which to indulge their<br />

love of entertaining.<br />

Sachs says, “The clients have a wonderful family<br />

orientation which required a multigenerational approach<br />

to designing the house.” To afford household members<br />

privacy, there are two primary suites on opposite ends<br />

of the house connected by flowing communal spaces to<br />

enjoy together and with guests.<br />

In designing the exterior, Sach’s approach was to soften<br />

modern edginess with earthy colors and natural materials.<br />

“Our goal was to blend the house into the landscape and<br />

create a simplicity reminiscent of classic modern American<br />

architecture.”<br />

Inside the mid-century-inspired home, the color palette<br />

exudes bold energy. The intensity of hues “is what makes<br />

them feel wonderful,” says Vaughan. “We needed to find<br />

a way to deliver that in the open concept.” Extending to<br />

the 12 foot ceiling, the kitchen cabinetry is vibrant red<br />

lacquer complemented with crisp white. The visual weight<br />

is carefully balanced as Vaughan introduced color onto<br />

other planes, including the dimensional ceramic artwork<br />

adorning the fireplace wall and the backlit glass pieces<br />

that draw the eye to the living space.<br />

Photography: Jessica Delaney<br />

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Interior designer Heather Vaughan and architect Peter Sachs<br />

create a multi-generational, mid-century modern inspired home.<br />

By Katie Mientka<br />

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The most significant counterbalance, if you will, is the<br />

bar. Vaughan says, “We wanted this bar to be impactful<br />

but balanced, be high style but organic.” Heartwood<br />

Cabinetmakers executed the design, integrating geometric<br />

detailing to the base of the bar to soften and enhance it.<br />

Above is open shelving, intentionally faceted and angled so<br />

it is visually intriguing no matter where in the home one is. In<br />

a nod to the mid-century flavor, Vaughan opted for a French<br />

blue. Heartwood added a fleck of gold to ensure the color<br />

comes alive on the bar’s dimensional surface.<br />

Vaughan says, “The clients were excited, energetic, and<br />

fearless. They also had a lot of faith in us. Our job is in part<br />

to create that link of trust so we can bring our clients where<br />

they would not go on their own, but once they get there, it’s<br />

authentically them.”<br />

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Photograph: Warren Patterson




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Architecture: Zero Energy Design; Photography: Chuck Choi<br />

“If you’re<br />

looking forward<br />

instead of<br />

backward,<br />

this is the way<br />

to build.”<br />

—Mark Doughty<br />

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Earth Day Every Day<br />

with Mark Doughty of Thoughtforms Corporation<br />

by Sandy Giardi<br />

For Mark Doughty of Thoughtforms Corporation, high-performance<br />

starts at home. He and his family have enjoyed<br />

their all-electric modern farmhouse in Lincoln for eight<br />

years (shown at top). This remarkable home was named<br />

“Best Energy-Smart Home” in America by Fine Homebuilding<br />

Magazine in 2017, nabbed two Prism Awards for<br />

“Best Net Zero/Passive House” and “Best Energy Efficient<br />

Project” for Thoughtforms and architect Zero Energy<br />

Design and secured a LEED (Leadership in Energy and<br />

Environmental Design) Platinum rating in 2017. The home<br />

generates almost 70% more energy than it uses, or, said<br />

another way, enough to power a Tesla for 35,000 miles.<br />

Doughty considered the home from an energy side (his<br />

family doesn’t have to pay energy bills), from an indoorenvironment<br />

perspective (read: fresh, healthy air) and a<br />

responsible use of materials and resources. When you<br />

enter the home, there are no tell-tale signs that the home<br />

is all-electric or exceptionally efficient, and the family<br />

happily found that there were no real compromises during<br />

the design process or during day-to-day living in the past<br />

eight years.<br />

Another exciting thing, notes Doughty, is that his home<br />

has shown Thoughtforms’ clients that these designs are<br />

attainable, and can be beautiful. These are not homes that<br />

“have a political label or belief system attached to them,<br />

they are economically and aesthetically rational choices.”<br />

In fact, his firm has built multiple homes to all-electric,<br />

net-zero standards, including a modern retreat that is<br />

Architectural Digest-worthy and a historic renovation<br />

that blends seamlessly in it’s Boston-area neighborhood.<br />

“These homes are what comes to mind when you think of<br />

a Thoughtforms home,” says Doughty.<br />

Doughty and his team at Thoughtforms have long focused<br />

on the environmental aspects of construction in their quest<br />

to build “better” homes. After 50 years of Thoughtforms,<br />

it is becoming more broadly understood that homes need<br />

to use less energy overall and be all-electric - all while<br />

maintaining modern standards of comfort, convenience<br />

and beauty. ‘Build to Endure’ is more than a slogan at<br />

Thoughtforms, it is the reason to build the next home<br />

better than the last.<br />

Vist thoughtforms-corp.com for more information.<br />

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Photography: Amy Clark<br />

Photograph: Warren Patterson<br />

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At this lakefront vacation property, an intricate<br />

home integration and security system gives its<br />

owners the permission to relax.<br />

SAFE<br />

HAVEN<br />

There is always so much more than meets the<br />

eye when it comes to creating a beautiful,<br />

livable home—especially in recent years, when<br />

everything from lighting and climate control<br />

to audiovisual equipment and security can<br />

be controlled with a mobile device, remote,<br />

or voice command. But not all smart home<br />

technology is created equal, and while some<br />

homeowners are content with basic systems that<br />

control the thermostat and speakers, technology<br />

lovers are testing the limits of what is possible.<br />

The latter is true of a recent project by Bostonbased<br />

TSP Smart Spaces, an IT company that<br />

is tapping into its three decades of corporate<br />

experience to bring that same high level of<br />

cybersecurity, data control, and audiovisual<br />

technology to luxury residences. The firm was<br />

hired to manage the security of an addition<br />

at this lakefront vacation property in New<br />

England as well as update the cybersecurity<br />

of the existing system in the main house and<br />

the physical security throughout. Working in<br />

collaboration with architecture firm Shope Reno<br />

Wharton, interior designer Manuel de Santaren,<br />

and KVC Builders, TSP set out to deliver a highly<br />

customized system. “Our clients tend to love<br />

technology as much as we do, so each project<br />

becomes a fun partnership,” says director of<br />

smart spaces Aaron Stallings. And while some<br />

smart home systems boast big speakers and<br />

touch pads, TSP takes the opposite approach.<br />

“Our solutions tend to be as discreet as<br />

possible,” explains marketing director Kjerstin<br />

Oh. “We work with the design team to<br />

incorporate our products into the architecture<br />

so everything is hidden. For us, it’s all about the<br />

experience and feel of a space.”<br />

At the top of the homeowners’ wish list was<br />

safety and security. TSP employed surveillance<br />

cameras that cover every square inch of the<br />

interior and exterior. There’s even a device that<br />

scans the license plate of each incoming vehicle,<br />

allowing permitted cars immediate access to<br />

the garage. The safety concern was even more<br />

critical in the new addition, which houses an<br />

indoor pool, a bowling alley, and a rooftop<br />

paddle tennis court. “The homeowners didn’t<br />

want their young children accessing the pool<br />

alone, so we created user-specific codes that<br />

unlock certain doors,” explains Oh. In turn, the<br />

homeowner has the ability to permit or deny<br />

access on a per-room basis for maintenance<br />

crews, cleaning services, and guests with the<br />

touch of a button. According to Stallings, this<br />

intricate system of doors and electric locks<br />

was challenging to engineer but appears<br />

seamless to the user. TSP also worked with a<br />

local alarm company to install sensors that will<br />

notify the homeowner of disturbances such as<br />

glass breaking or movements in the water. But<br />

there are plenty of fun gadgets, too, including<br />

underwater speakers, extreme-weather speakers<br />

imbedded into the floor of the outdoor paddle<br />

tennis court, and space-inspired lighting scenes<br />

in the bowling alley. “This property is meant<br />

to be a place for enjoyment,” says Stallings.<br />

“The technology supports that endeavor while<br />

enhancing the family’s experience.”<br />

For more information visit www.tsp.me<br />

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a Blade of Grass delivers on a dream back yard<br />

This Metro West family home got the ultimate backyard<br />

upgrade. What was once a stark green expanse with a lonely<br />

pool is now a dream spot for multi-seasonal entertaining.<br />

Award-winning landscape design pros, a Blade of Grass,<br />

designed and executed the project with one main motive<br />

in mind: bringing people together in an outdoor space that<br />

could be enjoyed through the seasons in New England.<br />

The stunning transformation started with the existing pool<br />

area, and expanded from there in phases. Jim Douthit, lead<br />

designer and owner of a Blade of Grass, created an oasis<br />

as a series of rooms that spared no detail, including heaters<br />

in the ceiling of the pavilion to add extra warmth on cool<br />

evenings. Mood-setting outdoor lights and a sound system<br />

of the highest quality enhance the ambiance, inviting guests<br />

to linger into the evening. The wood-burning fireplace with<br />

adjacent pizza oven in the pavilion is finished with an elegant<br />

granite mantel, framing the coziest spot outside. Multiple<br />

bluestone patios are surrounded by gardens, and feature<br />

fieldstone sitting walls.<br />

Since the renovation, family and neighbors have been<br />

gathering regularly under the pavilion and around the gas<br />

fire pit. They grill together, share meals at the dining table<br />

and drinks at the outdoor bar, they swim, watch movies and<br />

relax. For anyone spending time there, it’s like being on<br />

vacation, and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?<br />

Visit abladeofgrass.com to get your dream project started.<br />

Interior Design: Beige & Bleu Design Studio; Photography: Tamara Flanagan<br />

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Architect: Andreozzi Architecture<br />

Builder: Parker Construction Company, Inc.<br />

Landscape Architect: Mather & Page Landscape Architects<br />

Landscape: Landscape Creations, Inc.<br />

Writer: Alyssa Bird<br />

Photography: Aron Usher<br />

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Family Oasis<br />

Parker Construction and Landscape<br />

Creations help realize a couple’s dream<br />

retreat fit for multiple generations.<br />

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“Our firm is regularly<br />

asked to ‘bend time’ on<br />

behalf of New England<br />

homeowners who want<br />

to enjoy home and<br />

property renovations in<br />

time for summer months,<br />

but the pandemic took<br />

our typical challenges<br />

to a new level.”<br />

—Adam Parker<br />

Top left and right: The entrance door<br />

to the addition picks up on an existing<br />

stone arch in the garden. Masonry veneer<br />

on the exterior completes this visual<br />

association to the landscape.<br />

Bottom: A rebuilt custom stairway and<br />

fireplace mantle feature distinctive<br />

fretwork.<br />

Opposite: A custom-designed leaded<br />

glass ceiling in the kitchen brings in<br />

natural light and enhances the home’s<br />

connection to the outdoors.<br />

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The homeowners of this waterfront property in Newport,<br />

Rhode Island, recently embarked on an extensive<br />

renovation and expansion of what was originally a spec<br />

house in the hopes of customizing the residence to<br />

their needs. The couple’s children and grandchildren<br />

often visit, so creating spaces with family entertaining in<br />

mind was a must. To help with this transformation, the<br />

homeowners called upon David Andreozzi of Andreozzi<br />

Architecture, general contractor Parker Construction,<br />

landscape architecture firm Mather & Page, and landscape<br />

construction company Landscape Creations.<br />

Parker Construction oversaw the renovation, which<br />

touches nearly every aspect of the home, and introduced<br />

a 2,000-square-foot addition. “The original house was<br />

nice and very well made, but the finishes totally lacked<br />

warmth and character,” recalls Senior Project Manager<br />

Scott Herlihy. The clients agreed to upgrade materials<br />

throughout, replacing the narrow strip oak flooring<br />

with wider black walnut planks and rebuilding the main<br />

staircase to accommodate intricate wood railings.<br />

“These clients were wonderful to work with because they<br />

were really engaged by the idea of creating an exceptional<br />

space for their family,” says Adam Parker of Parker<br />

Construction. “They were always open to shifting away<br />

from traditional architectural paradigms to pursue unique<br />

and exquisite details like the custom stairway, fireplace<br />

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Inset: A classical courtyard framed by curvilinear stone<br />

walls now welcomes visitors at the front of the home.<br />

Top: A view from the pool shows the range of inviting<br />

outdoor spaces, including a custom pergola with an<br />

outdoor kitchen and dining area.<br />

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mantle, and the glass ceiling in the kitchen.” Perhaps<br />

the biggest interior change is the new kitchen, which<br />

features skylights designed by Architect David Andreozzi<br />

that run the entire length of the space and are wired to<br />

cast an ambient glow at night. “That was the single most<br />

considered piece in the entire property,” notes Herlihy.<br />

According to Parker, installation required a massive team<br />

effort among various tradespeople, since there were<br />

glasswork, lighting, framing, and structural issues to<br />

sort out.<br />

Managing the complex logistics and multi-team<br />

collaboration required on a construction project of this<br />

magnitude are not new to Parker and his team. “Our firm<br />

is regularly asked to ‘bend time’ on behalf of New England<br />

homeowners who want to enjoy home and property<br />

renovations in time for summer months, but the pandemic<br />

took our typical challenges to a new level,” says Parker.<br />

Hit with lockdown orders, labor shortages, pre-vaccine<br />

safety requirements, and supply chain disruptions, the<br />

project required high levels of creativity and teamwork<br />

to hit the date. “Throughout the project, each<br />

subcontractor stepped up when they needed to and<br />

helped push it forward.”<br />

“These homeowners<br />

were so appreciative and<br />

fun to work with. Their<br />

intention was to invest<br />

in future memories with<br />

their family, which is<br />

something that resonates<br />

with us as a company.”<br />

—Jonathan Zeyl<br />

The final pièce de resistance on the project is its new<br />

landscape, which integrates the home with its natural<br />

environment and introduces a front courtyard, gardens,<br />

and several outdoor living spaces including a pool,<br />

covered outdoor kitchen, dining terrace, and fire pit.<br />

Among Landscape Creations’ tasks were final grading<br />

of the site, drainage work, a new driveway, architectural<br />

stonework, paving, pool coping, planting, lawn installation,<br />

and the construction of stone walls, terraces and pathways.<br />

The site’s stonework is a mix of fieldstone, granite, and<br />

limestone—the latter of which is the most predominant.<br />

“We had five overseas containers of limestone that came<br />

in from Portugal early on during the pandemic,” recalls<br />

Jonathan Zeyl, president and co-owner of Landscape<br />

Creations. “To protect ourselves from the rampant supply<br />

chain issues at that time, we ordered extra stock and<br />

custom milled it as needed on site to produce the<br />

different thicknesses and design patterns specified.”<br />

Zeyl also notes that a critical piece of the puzzle was<br />

maintaining consistency with the existing on-site masonry.<br />

“There were certain features that we needed to preserve,<br />

so we had to match the style and technique for everything<br />

to appear cohesive.”<br />

Aside from the extensive masonry work throughout the site, Landscape Creations sourced and installed a<br />

mix of native and nonnative plants, perennial shrubs, and larger trees. “Our overarching objective for this<br />

project was to better connect the home and the landscape,” says Zeyl. “The new pathways and gardens<br />

create a nice flow from the front of the house to the back.” And as for the collaboration with the clients,<br />

Zeyl says it couldn’t have gone better. “These homeowners were so appreciative and fun to work with.<br />

Their intention was to invest in future memories with their family, which is something that resonates with<br />

us as a company.”<br />

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“I wanted being here to feel<br />

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—Mark Bogosian<br />

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Mountainside Escape<br />

The President of Longfellow Design Build creates an all-season retreat<br />

at South Peak Resort for his family and aims to build more for clients.<br />

By Marni Elyse Katz<br />

The Bogosians looked at a number of mountain<br />

communities before deciding to build a retreat at South<br />

Peak Resort. The 300-acre village at the base of Loon<br />

Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire, checked all the<br />

boxes, and then some. “We wanted a four-season getaway<br />

not too far from Boston,” says Mark Bogosian, President of<br />

Longfellow Design Build. “Loon is a great family mountain<br />

with community events, mountain biking, and hiking trails<br />

along the Pemigewassett River.” And then there’s the<br />

skiing. South Peak residents enjoy private chair lifts and<br />

groomed ski trails with snowmaking.<br />

Bogosian enlisted his own company, Longfellow Design<br />

Build to create a home that would be equally as comfortable<br />

for his own young family of five as it would be for<br />

extended family and friends. “I wanted being here to feel<br />

like a vacation, a place you never want to leave,” Bogosian<br />

says. “A beautiful mountain home with modern amenities.”<br />

The 6,000-square-foot, Adirondack style house is sited<br />

both for spectacular mountain views from the doubleheight,<br />

front-facing great room and for the ultimate ski-inski-out<br />

experience off the back. Such perfect positioning<br />

wasn’t happenstance. “Longfellow architects and structural<br />

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engineers know how to build on a mountainside,”<br />

Bogosian says, noting the excavation that preceded the<br />

construction. “They understand the importance of working<br />

with the topography.”<br />

The layout of the house anticipates every need from the<br />

start. A lower level mudroom, accessed from the front<br />

drive and the garage, is outfitted with custom cabinetry<br />

for all the accoutrements needed to hit the slopes.<br />

“Guests can come right in and store their equipment,”<br />

Bogoasian says.<br />

A modern stair with a stainless steel cable rail leads up<br />

to the heart of the home: the airy great room boasting<br />

a 28-foot high cathedral ceiling lined with knotty wood<br />

planks. Wide plank, white oak flooring stained rich<br />

brown grounds the soaring, light-filled space. A woodburning<br />

fireplace made from New England fieldstone and<br />

punctuated with a granite slab hearth and a reclaimed<br />

wood mantelpiece anchors the comfy seating area. A<br />

long farmhouse table stretches out behind it, signaling<br />

promises of hearty, family-style meals<br />

The open kitchen is tucked beyond a pair of earthy<br />

columns. An 15-foot-long center island with a shiplap<br />

base and polished concrete top fits eight stools. Industrial<br />

pendant lights, a swooping metal hood, and black<br />

hardware are high-contrast accents against the crisp white,<br />

Shaker cabinetry. “We love the blend of rustic materials<br />

with modern architectural elements,” Bogosian says.<br />

The main level of the home is where everything happens.<br />

“During the day, we’re skiing in and out from the back<br />

mudroom off the kitchen. In the evening the kids might<br />

watch a movie while the adults are in the game room<br />

playing foosball or soaking in the hot tub on the back<br />

patio.” Bogosian says. “People can be doing different<br />

things but still be together.”<br />

When it’s time to turn in, there’s a guest suite on the lower<br />

level with a living room, and another on the main level with<br />

its own balcony. The family sleep on the third floor, where<br />

there’s also a bunkroom for overflow. Vineyard Home was<br />

brought onboard to wire the entire home with smart home<br />

technology that includes high-performance audio and<br />

video, and pre-sets that include an apres ski vibe.<br />

Playing off Bogosian’s experience and satisfaction, as well<br />

as the mountain’s plans for a new ski village and additional<br />

trails, Longfellow Design Build is gearing up to develop<br />

similar setups for would-be homeowners on neighboring<br />

lots. “We build around people’s lifestyles,” Bogosian says.<br />

“Our homes give them the ability to enjoy where they are,<br />

whether it’s an ocean or a ski mountain.”<br />

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CENTER IN SoWa<br />

On Harrison Avenue in Boston’s SoWa design district, luxury<br />

audio brand Bang & Olufsen recently opened its first<br />

experience center in the world. The showroom provides<br />

an immersive showcase for Bang & Olufsen’s products,<br />

including its range of custom installation solutions.<br />

Part retail store offering self-install products for customers,<br />

the main emphasis of the airy 4,000 square-foot space<br />

is the aspirational experience center, which has been<br />

designed to emulate a fully-functioning home environment<br />

with a living room, kitchen, bedroom, and home theater<br />

furnished with a mod, elegant pieces by Molteni from<br />

neighboring showroom, Casa Design.<br />

“Bang & Olufsen is well known in the industry as a<br />

supplier,” says Oliver Pennington, owner of both the<br />

new experience center and the brand’s long-established<br />

Newbury Street location. “But a lot of people aren’t aware<br />

that we are also a solution provider. We sell products and<br />

design and provide integration, installation, and support<br />

on the back end.”<br />

Danish brand Bang & Olufsen, which has been producing<br />

high-end electronics for 97 years, is now interested in<br />

creating systems in which all facets of home technology<br />

work together from lighting and shading to sound,<br />

temperature, and security. “When you buy a car you don’t<br />

buy the tires, seats, and technology separately,” says<br />

Pennington. “So, it makes a lot of sense to have your<br />

home’s light, shade, audio, and temperature components<br />

from one place. When you design things together it’s more<br />

efficient and cost-effective.”<br />

By looking at all of the elements of a home’s technology,<br />

it’s possible to create a truly custom system geared to a<br />

client’s specific needs and to the aesthetic proportions of<br />

their home. Bang & Olufsen’s long-held emphasis on visual<br />

beauty and arresting design has resulted in speakers that<br />

are positively artful. “Our custom solutions can get you a<br />

beautifully appointed room that works with the proportions<br />

of the space and has the best possible sound quality.”<br />

Indeed. See for yourself: when the opaque glass door<br />

turns clear at the entrance to the Harrison Avenue<br />

showroom, a soothing automated voice will invite you into<br />

the space, steering you to select background music from<br />

an assortment of LP’s that play not from a turntable but<br />

from a wall-mounted feature that reads the record. You’ll<br />

be guided around the curated model home and instructed<br />

about its integrated elements from art lighting that varies<br />

according to the time of day to sound systems akin to<br />

those at a multi-plex to speakers that double as décor to<br />

conceal obtrusive televisions when not in use. It’s a truly<br />

tantalizing tour of the abundant technological possibilities<br />

Bang & Olufsen is capable of creating.<br />

Visit Home - BEO Integration to lean more.<br />

Integration.bang-olufsen.com<br />

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Photography: Lynne Damianos<br />

Five Principles<br />

of a Passive House<br />

• Continuous insulation: A Passive House<br />

must have a layer of continuous insulation<br />

that wraps around the building envelope<br />

without any thermal bridging. This is<br />

also called “outsulation” because the<br />

insulation is installed on the outside of<br />

the wall and roof framing.<br />

• Airtight construction: Passive houses<br />

require a building envelope that has<br />

five times fewer leaks than a code-built<br />

home. Air leaks allow infiltration from the<br />

outside and a loss of heat.<br />

• High-performance windows and doors:<br />

Triple-paned windows with Low-E glazing,<br />

argon gas and insulated frames are<br />

common. The units need to allow much less air infiltration than typical code-built win dows and doors<br />

• Balanced ventilation and high-efficiency mechanical systems: Another critical component of Passive House design is its<br />

efficient central ventilation system, which continually exchanges stale inside air for fresh, filtered outside air to maintain a<br />

comfortable, consistent temperature and humidity level.<br />

• Managed solar gain: Passive Homes are oriented to use the sun’s energy for heating in the cooler months and to<br />

minimize overheating during the hotter months using energy models to account for the sun’s movement through the sky<br />

in each season.<br />

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Auburndale Buliders president Nick Falkoff<br />

demystifies the benefits of passive home building.<br />

What exactly is a passive<br />

home? In short, a passive<br />

home must be fine-tuned to<br />

be as comfortable, sustainable<br />

and environmentally conscious<br />

as possible. Passive-home<br />

design centers around streamlined<br />

efficiency, involving<br />

construction practices that can<br />

drastically reduce energy consumption and help create a<br />

carbon-neutral world. Passive homes aim to be so efficient<br />

that they produce as much renewable energy as they use<br />

from the electrical grid over the course of a year. Depending<br />

on the level of efficiency, some homes may actually<br />

have an energy bill of nearly zero.<br />

To be considered a passive home, the structure must<br />

meet certain criteria: airtightness, renewable energy<br />

systems, substantial insulation, ventilation, waterproofing<br />

and minimal electrical loads. Passive homes are built<br />

with low-emission materials, moisture regulation and<br />

sophisticated ventilation that allows fresh air to circulate<br />

while maintaining finely calibrated climate control.<br />

To dispel a couple of myths: No, living in an airtight home<br />

does not feel like you’re living in a bubble, and yes, you<br />

can open the windows. It’s also worth noting that you don’t<br />

have to live in a sleek modern box to reap the benefits of<br />

passive-home science. Nick Falkoff, founder of Auburndale<br />

Builders, has worked on many old New England homes<br />

in his career, demonstrating that it’s also possible to<br />

retrofit historic homes while preserving the integrity of<br />

the building. Nick and his team balance performance and<br />

aesthetics, blending their state-of-the-art solutions into<br />

every style of home. Perhaps the most beautiful thing<br />

about this technology is that, for the most part, it’s unseen.<br />

Air-tight, triple-glazed windows are an example of the<br />

invisible science involved in a passive home. Although he<br />

laughs while telling the story, Falkoff isn’t joking when he<br />

boasts that a cat was curled up against a window of one of<br />

his builds on a bitter cold day. Anyone who owns a cat or<br />

an old home in New England knows this is quite a testament<br />

to the comfort level this type of home can provide.<br />

Since Falkoff founded Auburndale Builders in 2005,<br />

the company has built and remodeled some of the first<br />

high-performance, net-zero and passive homes in the<br />

Metro West area. With a passion for community growth<br />

and development, Falkoff also co-founded of SHPDC<br />

(Studio for High Performance Design and Construction<br />

studiohpdc.org), a non-profit organization focused on<br />

providing education and training resources for the design<br />

and construction industry, including classes, workshops,<br />

and reference materials. SHPDC will be offering training<br />

classes and workshops with certified teachers, for<br />

architects, designers, project managers and homeowners.<br />

Visit www.auburndalebuilders.com/office for more info.<br />

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The Showroom<br />

Experience<br />

SBS OneSource is your one-stop-shop for<br />

exclusive products, education, and inspiration.<br />

The SBS OneSource showroom in Pembroke, MA, has<br />

undergone an evolution, as has SBS OneSource itself.<br />

OneSource began as Specialty Builders’ Supply in 2001<br />

with owner Chris Dias as proprietor and sole employee.<br />

Over the ensuing two decades, Dias built the Brewsterbased<br />

company into a leading supplier of exterior<br />

products for the home building industry. What lacked,<br />

though, was a strong focus on windows and doors. To help<br />

fill this unmet opportunity, Dias brought industry veteran<br />

and friend Denny Giantomasi on as Architectural Windows<br />

and Doors sales manager.<br />

His first order of business was to reimagine the showroom,<br />

which had a long, narrow layout. Giantomasi quips that,<br />

“you could have bowled in there.” When setting out to<br />

make the space more inspiring and interactive, Giantomasi<br />

established a clear vision: “We wanted to offer exclusive<br />

window and door solutions and work with architects<br />

and the design community. We wanted to give them<br />

something to touch, feel, see, and be awed and inspired<br />

by. We wanted to build relationships.”<br />

Giantomasi focused on displaying and demonstrating<br />

unique products such as Norwood windows that feature<br />

a 15-year paint finish, a panoramah! sliding system that’s<br />

17.5 feet tall, and thermal steel windows that aren’t found<br />

anywhere else on the market. SBS OneSource features<br />

top brands including Loewen, panoramah!, Norwood,<br />

HeartWood, FoldUp, Arcadia Custom, Yawal, Kohltech,<br />

and UNILUX. They are exclusive with most of these lines<br />

in Massachusetts, and in some cases, throughout<br />

New England.<br />

Beyond the breadth, depth, and exclusivity of product,<br />

SBS OneSource’s new showroom offers something of<br />

equal value: education and expertise. For example,<br />

Giantomasi explains, pivot doors have become one of<br />

the sexiest door products. “Unfortunately, they had their<br />

advent in warm climates. A pivot door may look beautiful<br />

in your contemporary home, but how are we going to stop<br />

it from leaking? There needs to be a significant overhang<br />

so weather doesn’t have a direct path to the door.”<br />

Giantomasi tells his all-star team, “You have to be the expert.<br />

You have to know your products, where they perform,<br />

where they may fall short, and where they may need supports<br />

in other parts of the design.” Education is critical for<br />

optimal results, and SBS OneSource is a trusted resource.<br />

Architects, builders, and homeowners will find every<br />

upmarket solution they need, and many solutions they<br />

never knew existed, to realize their designs fully. At<br />

OneSource, Giantomasi emphasizes, “We’re showing<br />

people products they’ve never seen. They come back<br />

again and again.”<br />

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

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