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<strong>Volume</strong> <strong>IX</strong><br />

THE<br />



DESIGN<br />

A publication of Boston Design Guide

Live on the Edge<br />

Photographer: Michael J Lee Photography<br />

Design: Wolf in Sheep Design

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Photo by Warren Patterson<br />

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Interior Design: Eric Dare Design; Photography: Sarah Winchester<br />

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Architect: Duckham Architecture & Interiors; Photographer: Warren Patterson<br />



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From the Publisher<br />

Architects shape the way we live.<br />

Sometimes we take this for granted.<br />

Architecture not only creates the physical environment in which we live, but also<br />

reflects how our lifestyle and culture evolves. A well-designed piece of architecture<br />

reflects a deep understanding of the client, the context, and the surrounding<br />

community. Exceptional architecture elevates the lives of its inhabitants, and a great<br />

architect is one who can solve complex design problems with creativity<br />

and innovation.<br />

Within this special Architect edition, we have handpicked an array of architects<br />

who we know are “Masters of Design.” We asked them some probing questions to<br />

gain insight into their approach, philosophy, and history. Their work has stood the<br />

test of time with a level of expertise that is hard to squeeze into one magazine.<br />

We invite you to join us on a journey off the pages and into their worlds by scanning<br />

the QR codes to access more information about these talented shapers of the world<br />

we live in.<br />

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Ian Kaplan<br />


Lisa Almquist<br />

Ian Kaplan<br />

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Maureen Lampert<br />


Michael J. Lee<br />

Warren Patterson<br />

Greg Premru<br />

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3. Gregory Lombardi—Gregory Lombardi Design 4. Michael McClung—Shope Reno Wharton Architecture<br />

5. Michael McKay—McKay Architects 6. Matthew Cunningham—Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC<br />

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Our hand picked array of well-versed architects consistently deliver<br />

innovation and creativity in every project they tackle. Carrying the<br />

important task of designing the world we live in, these individuals continue<br />

to elevate the art of architecture with their craft. In this special <strong>PRELUDE</strong> <strong>IX</strong><br />

Architect edition, we ask each architect a series of questions to dive deeper<br />

into what fuels their approach, philosophy, and history. As you flip through<br />

the pages, scan the QR codes to access even more information about<br />

these “Masters of Design.”<br />

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7. Laura and John Meyer—Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors 8. Paul Weber—Paul Weber Architecture<br />

9. Peter Sachs—Peter Sachs Architect 10. Jan Gleysteen—Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. 11. Robert Paladino—Mellowes & Paladino<br />

Architects 12. From left to right: John Day, Treffle LaFleche, Kyle Sheffield, Douglas Dick—LDa Architecture and Interiors<br />

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Photography: Greg Premru<br />

BDG: We know you are best known for architecture,<br />

but do you offer interior design services?<br />

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A: “Our approach to interior<br />

design creates a cohesive<br />

aesthetic that interacts with<br />

the architecture, creating<br />

an environment in which<br />

both elements elevate<br />

each other,” says Mathew<br />

Cummings, principal architect<br />

at Cummings Architecture +<br />

Interiors. “Working with our<br />

interior design team is a fun<br />

and engaging experience, and<br />

can be intensely personal. We<br />

get to know you and your life<br />

so we can design interiors that<br />

embody your personality and<br />

style. We tailor our approach to<br />

ensure that you feel engaged<br />

and confident throughout the<br />

design process, as the team<br />

brings your dream home to life<br />

together.”<br />

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A: “New England traditional<br />

architecture has always<br />

been a hallmark of its<br />

colonial heritage,” says Jan<br />

Gleysteen, principal architect<br />

of Jan Gleysteen Architects.<br />

“Introducing the ‘Modern<br />

Colonial.’ We are re-interpreting<br />

the time honored style, which<br />

has been reinvented every<br />

one hundred years since the<br />

early 1800’s. The familiar floor<br />

plan of the center entrance<br />

colonial is still very much in<br />

high demand. The 21st Century<br />

Transitional style has brought<br />

a simplification of architectural<br />

details. A typical floor plan and<br />

building massing the exterior<br />

are modernized by the elimination<br />

of elaborate wood trim<br />

and columns. We then oversize<br />

the clapboard siding. The result<br />

is a new but familiar style.”<br />

Photography: Dan Cutrona<br />

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BDG: How is classic New England architecture evolving?<br />

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DESIGN<br />

A: “While climate change can’t<br />

possibly manifest in every facet<br />

of what we do, it is paramount<br />

to understanding our view of<br />

the project and becomes a<br />

major priority,” says Gregory<br />

Lombardi, principal architect of<br />

Gregory Lombardi Design. “Our<br />

design responses are always<br />

through that lens, whether it<br />

be on detailed grading plans<br />

that combat weather and<br />

erosion, responsibly sourced<br />

materials that provide longevity<br />

and beauty, or planting<br />

selections intended to flourish<br />

in the specific geographic<br />

location. As for technological<br />

advancements, it’s unbelievable<br />

how fast we can do things<br />

compared to 30 years ago, but<br />

it has also allowed for certain<br />

unintended consequences.<br />

You have to know when to<br />

intercede as the human mind<br />

behind the machine.”<br />

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BDG: Has the change in climate, both environmental and<br />

technological, changed your approach?<br />

Photography: Nat Rea<br />

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A: “With COMPANY every job NAME comes the<br />

excitement of knowing you<br />

A: have the chance to be creating<br />

something new to help change<br />

someone’s environment,<br />

whether it is a new home<br />

or office or renovations to<br />

existing ones,” says John Meyer,<br />

principal architect of Meyer<br />

& Meyer. “What is always the<br />

inspiration, to me, are three<br />

things: the physical site, as it<br />

exemplifies the potential of a<br />

new home, the neighborhood<br />

surrounding the new site, and<br />

the personality of the client.<br />

Taking inspiration from what<br />

a client may want, siting it<br />

perfectly and relating it to<br />

the neighborhood is the<br />

inspiration for our work. We<br />

approach each project with<br />

a fresh, imaginative eye and<br />

explore it from all angles,<br />

and utilize these three key<br />

points as a foundation for our<br />

design vision.”<br />

Photography: Christian Phillips<br />

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BEFORE<br />

BDG: What inspires you as a designer?<br />

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A: “I would say that our<br />

design aesthetic has not<br />

really changed significantly,<br />

but has become more refined<br />

over time,” says Bob Paladino,<br />

principal architect of Mellowes<br />

& Paladino Architects. “I<br />

would describe it as grounded<br />

in a classical, traditional<br />

framework that demonstrates<br />

a subtle and clean touch.<br />

We are highly sensitive to<br />

the context in which we are<br />

working, but more and more<br />

our interior architecture is<br />

infused with more transitional<br />

or contemporary materials<br />

and fixtures. We try to create<br />

spaces that will serve as<br />

a strong backdrop to the<br />

furnishing it contains, yet also<br />

stand independently. We do<br />

not design spaces that demand<br />

a slavishness to any particular<br />

style. Rather, juxtaposing<br />

a strong architectural shell<br />

against more contemporary<br />

plumbing and lighting fixtures,<br />

furnishings and art, for<br />

example, can conjure a sense of<br />

evolution and timelessness.”<br />

Builder: Lien Enterprises, LLC; Landscape: KDTurner Design; Interior Design: Kotzen Interiors; Greg Premru Photography<br />

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BDG: How would you describe your design aesthetic,<br />

and has it evolved since you started?<br />

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Builder: C H Newton Builders Inc.; Lasdscape: Horiuchi Solien Inc.; Photography: Greg Premru<br />

BDG: How has the changing climate<br />

changed your designs?<br />

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A: “Environmental factors<br />

have always been important<br />

considerations throughout our<br />

design process, and climate<br />

change has heightened our<br />

sense of responsibility, through<br />

thoughtful and creative design<br />

solutions, to both address the<br />

challenges posed by climate<br />

change and to do our part<br />

to prevent the situation from<br />

worsening,” says the team of<br />

principal architects at LDa.<br />

“Our strategies are uniquely<br />

tailored to each project, but<br />

common practices include<br />

orienting new buildings based<br />

on the sun; conserving energy<br />

through high-performance<br />

building envelopes and efficient<br />

systems; using renewable<br />

and recycled materials, with<br />

a focus on durability; and<br />

glass selection for energy and<br />

solar heat gain coefficient<br />

performance. While the tools<br />

vary from project to project,<br />

sustainability is embedded in<br />

each of our designs.”<br />

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BDG: What is one element that inspires your<br />

landscape design process?<br />

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A: “My garden is a laboratory<br />

and I’ve used it as a place to<br />

experiment with different ideas<br />

and ways to use plants to<br />

create spatial experiences and<br />

unique ecological conditions,”<br />

says Matthew Cunningham,<br />

principal landscape architect<br />

of MCLD LLC. “A lot of the<br />

material there has seeded<br />

in or grown in naturally, and<br />

creates a connection to the<br />

context of the land. People<br />

often hire us because they also<br />

want something that creates<br />

a connection to the natural<br />

land, and works with the local<br />

native flora and fauna. I feel<br />

very passionate about it, and<br />

looking toward the future,<br />

our team is doubling down in<br />

our commitment to building<br />

beautiful, ecologically-balanced<br />

residential landscapes for our<br />

clients.”<br />

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A: “We have seen client<br />

interests change over the<br />

pandemic, with more requests<br />

for designs that support<br />

increased at-home activity,”<br />

says Michael McClung, partner<br />

and principal architect of<br />

SRW. “We expect that trend to<br />

continue, even as things return<br />

to normal. As we look to the<br />

future, we should be focusing<br />

on building smaller, and<br />

building at higher quality levels.<br />

We should design buildings to<br />

last longer and to be flexible in<br />

the ways that they can be used.<br />

Oftentimes clients are focused<br />

on the very specific way that<br />

they live right now. However,<br />

things will continue to change<br />

and evolve over the next few<br />

decades, and onward. The<br />

building process will need to<br />

accommodate those changes.”<br />

Builder: Thoughforms Corporation; Interior Designer: Foley & Cox Interiors; Landscape Architect Barnstable Land Design<br />

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BDG: What concepts and conversations do you think the<br />

near future calls for in the world of architecture?<br />

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BDG: What led you to become an architect and what<br />

projects do you enjoy most?<br />

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A: “My father was in the<br />

Foreign Service, and we<br />

traveled extensively throughout<br />

Europe and the Mediterranean,<br />

giving me exposure to many of<br />

the great architectural works<br />

of antiquity,” says John Battle,<br />

founding principal of Battle<br />

Architects. “It instilled a love<br />

that continues to influence<br />

Battle today. The spark of a<br />

remarkable design often starts<br />

with a germ of an idea in<br />

something the clients dream<br />

of, or a phenomenal site that<br />

gives clear direction as to what<br />

the proposed design should be.<br />

One of our clients categorized<br />

me as a “Humanist” for the<br />

continued focus on what it<br />

is like to live and work in the<br />

space. It’s exhilarating for us<br />

when a client has a willingness<br />

to explore options, because<br />

sometimes the least expected<br />

direction holds a little magic.”<br />

Builder: Wood & Clay, Inc.; Photography: Greg Premru<br />

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BDG: What projects do you specialize in, and what<br />

inspires you about those projects?<br />

Photography: Michael J. Lee<br />

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A: “We specialize in renovation<br />

projects for older homes,” says<br />

Peter Sachs, principal architect<br />

of Peter Sachs Architect.<br />

“Our clients appreciate our<br />

approach to renovations, which<br />

keeps us feeling inspired. Our<br />

projects aim to maintain the<br />

old charm of the suburban<br />

Boston area, and our goal<br />

is to create additions that<br />

always blend well with the<br />

original architecture. We try<br />

to reimagine what the original<br />

architect might have designed<br />

if they had more scope or<br />

money. Our process with these<br />

kinds of projects is smooth<br />

because we work with a finite<br />

number of builders, some for<br />

over 25 years. As a team, we<br />

are very hands-on and costconscious.<br />

We evaluate our<br />

success on how seamlessly<br />

a renovation fits with the<br />

original home.”<br />

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Contractor: James J. Duffy III, GC.; Photography: Abigayle Grattan<br />

BDG: As a principal of the firm, how involved are you in<br />

the design process?<br />

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A: “I am very involved in<br />

the design process of each<br />

project,” says founding<br />

principal architect Michael<br />

McKay. “We have a team of<br />

talented designers, and each<br />

person brings their own design<br />

personality to their projects.<br />

Many have been part of the<br />

team for many years, so they<br />

have become familiar with our<br />

brand and design aesthetic.<br />

I meet with our new clients<br />

along with our team members<br />

to learn about their vision. We<br />

often start by brainstorming<br />

ideas, and from there the team<br />

member working on the project<br />

takes the wish list and brings<br />

that design to life in their own<br />

way. I then work with the team<br />

to ensure the client’s wants<br />

are included, and our brand<br />

is represented. While no two<br />

projects are the same, we want<br />

people to look at a house and<br />

think, ‘that must be a McKay<br />

Architects design.’”<br />

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A: “Our aesthetic is contextual,<br />

and a lot of our work is<br />

meant to look like it’s always<br />

been there, especially with<br />

regard to historic district<br />

regulations,” says Paul Weber,<br />

principal architect of Paul<br />

Weber Architecture. “We use<br />

older-world detailing, and<br />

consider a real premium in<br />

fine craftsmanship. In the past<br />

five years, we have evolved<br />

to embrace finding solutions<br />

for sustainability issues. While<br />

sustainability factors have<br />

shifted to be at the forefront of<br />

our mind, our evolution upholds<br />

the same level of design and<br />

creativity. We recently did a<br />

net-zero house, which has an<br />

aesthetic that is much simpler<br />

and minimalist, and we learned<br />

a lot from that project. We<br />

implemented specialized details<br />

and atypical structure methods<br />

that symbolize where the future<br />

of architecture is going.”<br />

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BDG: How would you describe your design aesthetic,<br />

and how has it evolved since you started?<br />

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That Reflect Your Vision.

See more at<br />

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or call 978-371-1828

Architect: Catalano Architects<br />

Builder: JW Construction Inc.<br />

Interior: SLC Interiors<br />

Landscape Architect: Gregory Lombardi Landscape Design<br />

Landscape: R.P. Marzilli Landscape Professionals<br />

Writer: Maddie Brisbane<br />

Photography: Surette Media Group<br />

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THE ART OF<br />


A look behind the scenes of an immaculate new build in West Dennis.<br />

Overlooking the Bass River with views toward West<br />

Dennis Beach, this stately new construction celebrates<br />

the character of a timeless Cape Cod home.<br />

Traditional cedar exteriors, native flora surroundings,<br />

and abundant access to sand-lined river waters give<br />

the home a sense of place within the natural beauty<br />

of West Dennis. The masterfully executed build<br />

was a team effort, spearheaded by Paul Pfeiffer, JW<br />

Construction’s Operations Director for its Cape and<br />

Islands Division. Working in tandem with a highly<br />

skilled team of designers and craftsmen, Pfeiffer<br />

embodies the leadership required to produce such<br />

high-caliber results.<br />

As a custom home builder of nearly 30 years,<br />

with experience as Project Manager and a recent<br />

promotion to Operations Director, Pfeiffer knows<br />

the process well from all levels. “It’s important to<br />

collaborate on the finer details of construction and to<br />

make sure there is proper coordination to ensure that<br />

each detail is properly executed,” says Pfeiffer. “This<br />

was one of the more collaborative projects I’ve been<br />

on. Everyone really worked together to execute the<br />

highest quality work possible.”<br />

Exceptional quality is evident throughout all facets<br />

of the construction, and the finer details illuminate a<br />

consciously precise approach. The mindful selection<br />

of exterior trim materials respects the coastal land<br />

site’s vulnerability to the elements. “With the area’s<br />

exposure to weather, it’s important to make sure that<br />

all the details in exterior siding, roofing, and trim are<br />

executed correctly. We focused on bringing in highly<br />

skilled craftsmen for all of the exterior and interior<br />

finishes for that reason,” says Pfieffer. A salute to<br />

a classic Cape Cod aesthetic, the traditional cedar<br />

exterior is highlighted by crisply-painted white PVC<br />

trim. “We chose PVC for the home’s trim because it<br />

is stable, rot-resistant, and has a great tendency to<br />

accept and hold paint well,” says Pfeiffer. The interiors<br />

were also built to endure, starting from the ground<br />

up. “We did significant waterproofing in the basement<br />

so that there is no concern for flooding during heavy<br />

weather events.”<br />

The solid foundation supports a beautiful flow of<br />

interior living spaces on each level. Genuine mahogany<br />

handrails give a luxurious touch to the staircases and<br />

offer cohesion between floor levels, while charactergrade<br />

reclaimed oak flooring gives an antiqued feel<br />

to the home. Geometric archways and details exude<br />

brilliant craftsmanship, and give dimension to the<br />

space. “Those are the details that are really fun to work<br />

with because you have to make sure that everything<br />

that you do relates to another part of the house,” says<br />

Pfeiffer. “Seeing that everything aligns correctly is very<br />

satisfying in the end.”<br />

The project’s refined result speaks to a planning<br />

process that goes beyond the naked eye. Pfeiffer’s<br />

detailed filing system of architectural drawings and<br />

photo documentation helped everyone stay on the<br />

same page, and fueled a collective cohesion between<br />

all members of the build team. “It helps everyone stay<br />

in tune when you build what you’ve set out to build,”<br />

says Pfeiffer. “Our site supervisor for the project, Todd<br />

Cornell, really pulled together all of the different<br />

people onsite. He was quite instrumental in the<br />

success of the project.”<br />

The guiding light of Pfeiffer and Cornell’s excellent<br />

leadership is bolstered by their highly-skilled team<br />

of tradespeople who transformed architectural<br />

drawings into immaculate three-dimensional results.<br />

Some of the key trades used to complete the project<br />

are as follows: 9 Points Woodworking (millwork and<br />

cabinetry), Herrick and White Architectural Woodworkers<br />

(millwork and cabinetry), Miley Construction<br />

(trim installation), New England Painters (painting), and<br />

ARC Marble and Tile (bathroom tile and stone).<br />

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The stunning craftsmanship of<br />

the ceilings and archways gives<br />

dimension and depth to the open<br />

layout kitchen and living space.<br />

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The home’s sense of continuity continues in the<br />

primary bathroom, where intricate blue and white<br />

tile and stone were artfully installed by ARC<br />

Marble and Tile.<br />

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Sweeping views of the Bass River are complemented by the<br />

nautical color palette of the home’s interiors. The smooth and<br />

vibrant deep blue paint on the ceilings underscores meticulous<br />

paint application.<br />

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Genuine mahogany handrails give a luxurious touch to<br />

the staircases and offer cohesion between floor levels.<br />

Character-grade reclaimed oak flooring and dark<br />

furniture finishes give an antiqued feel to the bright<br />

and airy ground floor.<br />

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Overlooking the sandlined<br />

Bass River waters,<br />

the outdoor pool and<br />

entertainment area exists<br />

in harmony with the<br />

natural beauty of West<br />

Dennis. The driveway is a<br />

splendid display of skillful<br />

masonry that leads to a<br />

vibrant and welcoming<br />

entrance to the home.<br />

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Outdoor living spaces designed<br />

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Salty breezes and humid summer days are all too familiar<br />

on Cape Cod. As more homeowners seek to optimize the<br />

durability of outdoor spaces, innovative materials built to<br />

withstand the elements are taking the crown over traditional<br />

wood decking, patios, pools and outdoor kitchens.<br />

Seasoned expert Tim Klink, owner of Coastal Custom<br />

Builders, Coastal Land Design and Island Pools, has<br />

seen this shift firsthand. As clients sought more durable<br />

materials to replace wood for their outdoor oases, his<br />

mission to find the perfect high quality, moisture-resistant<br />

composite material began.<br />

“We wanted to find a material that could withstand our<br />

rugged coastal weather,” says Klink. Finding a moisture<br />

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demand for outdoor entertainment spaces skyrocketed<br />

during the pandemic. He was introduced to MoistureShield ®<br />

Composite Decking by his go-to dealer Mid-Cape Home<br />

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for Mid-Cape. “Our builders love that it is perfect for the<br />

coast, as it can be installed directly on the ground or even<br />

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Maintaining the authentic aesthetic of traditional wood<br />

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Mid-Cape carries the full collection of MoistureShield<br />

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look and feel of a traditional deck, minus the maintenance<br />

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“Mid-Cape Home Centers have been trusted partners<br />

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Builder: Jason Drouin Custom Homes; Photography: Eric Roth<br />

The thoughtfully crafted<br />

redesign supports decades of<br />

memories, transforming the home<br />

into a space with many purposes<br />

and possibilities.<br />

Set against a stunning backdrop of Mount Washington<br />

and Lake Winnipesaukee, this family winter ski<br />

retreat was designed for making memories. SV<br />

Design spearheaded what began as a small renovation<br />

project for the home, and given the exceptional location<br />

and lot space, the project evolved into a full renovation.<br />

Encouraging a balance of togetherness and solitude,<br />

this winter refuge offers space for both interactive and<br />

individual pursuits.<br />

The sweeping views of the area’s natural beauty were<br />

a driving force in the design process, beginning with<br />

the expansion and enlargement of doors and windows<br />

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Making Memories<br />

SV Design creates a forward-thinking renovation of a family winter retreat on Lake Winnipesaukee.<br />

overlooking the lake shoreline. Enhancing the home’s<br />

vantage point invites the outdoors in, and also acts as a<br />

source of inspiration for aesthetic details. Edging away<br />

from traditional forest green commonly found on homes<br />

in the White Mountains, the homeowners embraced SV<br />

Design’s suggestion for a dark blue trim on the exterior.<br />

Without foregoing the cozy warmth of an idyllic winter<br />

escape, contemporary features were intertwined with<br />

natural elements of the site location throughout the<br />

interiors. Soft wood tones, a custom copper kitchen hood,<br />

and a warm muted color palette for the interior trim<br />

summons a cozy feel without imitating a ski lodge. An<br />

antler chandelier, live edge built-in mudroom bench, and<br />

the use of salvaged wood throughout the space highlight<br />

organic features that create a contextual continuity.<br />

SV Design’s forward-thinking redesign was thoughtfully<br />

crafted to support decades of memories, transforming the<br />

home into a space with many purposes and possibilities.<br />

A dedicated craft space, a family office, and a kids’ loft<br />

give family members space to pursue individual interests,<br />

while warm and inviting gathering spaces bring everyone<br />

together, fostering a serene environment for all ages, for<br />

many generations to come.<br />

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BE LIGHT<br />

System 7’s<br />

experience<br />

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complexity out<br />

of technology<br />

decisions.<br />

If you ask Gerard Lynch what he considers the most<br />

transformational event in smart home technology over<br />

the last few years, he won’t hesitate to answer. It’s the<br />

evolution of lighting into a technology product.<br />

“Today, lighting technology is the heart of the smart<br />

home,” Lynch explains. “Lighting can now replicate natural<br />

light and the sun itself. It can bring the feel of the outdoors<br />

inside. It can impact your mood and be tuned to feel just<br />

right and just a little bit different each and every day.”<br />

Navigating the nuances of lighting technology – lumen<br />

output, color temperature, dimming performance, and<br />

controls – is a daily occurrence at System 7, the technology<br />

design firm that Lynch founded in 2003. System 7’s<br />

designers incorporate lighting fixtures, motorized shading,<br />

and smart home controls into streamlined technology<br />

systems for their clients.<br />

An understanding of architecture and space is essential<br />

to successfully incorporating these technologies into<br />

a residence, and System 7’s approach is more like an<br />

architect than a traditional integrator. Their team includes<br />

designers with backgrounds in architecture, lighting<br />

design, interior design, and electrical engineering, as well<br />

as product specialists from their Wolfers Lighting, Boston<br />

Shade Company, and Back Bay Shutter divisions. What ties<br />

this team together is a fascination with lighting, shading,<br />

and home technology, and the impact they have on a<br />

living environment.<br />

To illustrate how these technologies can transform a space,<br />

System 7 has two Experience Centers in the Boston area:<br />

one in the Boston Design Center, and one in Wellesley<br />

center. In both locations, homeowners and design<br />

professionals can experience the full capabilities of today’s<br />

lighting and shading systems.<br />

Ashley Jacobson, System 7’s VP of Design & Operations,<br />

says the key to understanding the technology is to<br />

experience it in person. “You’re immersed in what it’s like<br />

to use the technology rather than seeing it on a website or<br />

with a sample on a jobsite,” Jacobson says. “You can see<br />

the process of what happens when you press a button and<br />

the lights dim or the shades lower.”<br />

From tunable spectrum lighting to motorized shading<br />

with bespoke fabrics, the focus at each Experience Center<br />

is on the marvels of today’s lighting, shading, and home<br />

technology systems. They’re places to spark inspiration<br />

and help clients imagine what these systems might be like<br />

in their own homes. “Everyone deserves good technology<br />

design,” Jacobson concludes. “We’re proud that we can<br />

help our clients choose technology they will love.”<br />

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

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Architect: Adolfo Perez; Photography: Richard Mandelkorn<br />


Elegance,<br />

Interior designer<br />

Tiffany Barqawi<br />

creates a chic,<br />

serene revamp<br />

of a Wellesley<br />

primary suite.<br />

Modernized<br />

The redesign of this Wellesley primary suite exudes<br />

an elegant serenity. The crisp neutral palette and<br />

natural elements act as a canvas for pops of color<br />

and statement artwork that reflects the elevated,<br />

modern taste of the homeowners.<br />

“The homeowners are art enthusiasts,” says<br />

Tiffany Barqawi, owner of Barqawi Design and<br />

interior designer for the project. “We wanted to<br />

create a serene and relaxing space that felt like<br />

you’re walking into a luxury hotel room, while<br />

incorporating something funky and different from<br />

an art perspective.”<br />

Barqawi’s signature aesthetic of neutrals, textures,<br />

and layers sets the perfect backdrop to feature<br />

artist Sarah DeSouza of Studio by Scala’s custom<br />

mural. “The homeowner wanted something<br />

feminine and different in the bedroom,” notes<br />

Barqawi. Combining forces, Barqawi and DeSouza<br />

collaborated on a contemporary, three-dimensional<br />

statement piece with butterflies that extend off the<br />

canvas. “The butterflies that float off the canvas<br />

were actually a happy accident that we ended up<br />

loving and keeping,” says Barqawi.<br />

A custom mural in the bathroom makes a bold<br />

statement against the otherwise neutral and<br />

organic palette. Clean lines throughout embody<br />

a refined sophistication, balanced beautifully by<br />

flowing, feminine art that creates movement and<br />

softness.<br />

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Interior Architecture: Ron Payne of Payne | Collins Design, Inc.; Photographer: Michael J. Lee<br />

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The young homeowners’ ties to the fashion industry<br />

inspired the concept of a walk-in closet that would display<br />

favorite wardrobe pieces. Reminiscent of high-end retail,<br />

peek-through cabinetry offers an elegant solution for<br />

a chic display. Barqawi worked alongside WoodCraft<br />

Millwork to design the long and narrow set of closet<br />

doors that draw the eye up, creating the illusion of higher<br />

ceilings. The clean and sophisticated feel is bolstered by<br />

Barqawi’s subtle use of texture and decorative elements.<br />

“We wanted to add a little bit of movement throughout<br />

the space to offset the harsh lines,” says Barqawi. Crown<br />

moldings, luxurious leather-wrapped hardware, ribbed<br />

globe lights, and a textured rug add depth and softness<br />

to the space.<br />

Qualities of modern luxury illuminate the bathroom and<br />

vanity space. Dolomite marble flows seamlessly from floor<br />

to ceiling, creating a lustrous backdrop for the vanity.<br />

Sleek stained white oak push-to-open shelving, custom<br />

crafted by WoodCraft Millwork, adds an element of<br />

warmth against the cool-toned materials, serene pops of<br />

blue, and chrome fixtures. Barqawi collaborated with Top<br />

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Line Granite Design to design laser-cut sinks that are fully<br />

integrated into a slab of Super White marble, creating a<br />

minimalist effect.<br />

The Super White marble featured in the bathroom<br />

continues into the bedroom as the face of the fireplace,<br />

which adds a touch of luxury that harmonizes the two<br />

spaces. A suede Holly Hunt wallpaper was selected to<br />

bring a layer of texture and add to the luxury hotel feel<br />

that the clients desired. Barqawi reimagined the bedroom<br />

structure to create dimension and invite an elegant<br />

tranquility into the space. “We were able to gain another<br />

18 inches of height by raising the ceiling,” says Barqawi.<br />

“We also moved the wall with the fireplace forward to<br />

create a more intimate setting.”<br />

The revamp brings forth a timeless elegance blended<br />

with a modern sophistication that creates an experience<br />

that is all in the details. “I love the design aspect of my<br />

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a feeling of happiness in my clients is what I strive for,”<br />

says Barqawi.<br />

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