This extraordinary new home, built on a 1 (+) acre site in Marblehead's exclusive West Shore Drive neighborhood, sits atop a bluff overlooking Salem Harbor. Inspired by Edwin Lutyens, this home utilizes complex sweeping roofs, multiple fireplaces and simple forms accented with stucco, reminiscent of the English country house style. Form + Place collaborated with Patrowicz Land Development to gain the necessary approvals from the Conservation Commission and the Marblehead Planning Board, which was required since the house is located in the Shoreline Expanded Single-Residence District. Working closely with the client, Form + Place explored numerous site plan alternatives that had to negotiate coastal buffers, the footprint of the existing home [to be demolished], setbacks, ledge conditions and height constraints. This house completed construction in the fall of 2015.
Old Farm - Milton, MA
This beautiful early 19th century farm house was renovated by renowned New England shingle-style architect William Ralph Emerson before the turn of the century, before suffering a series of less-fortunate remodeling efforts in subsequent years, including a complete re-cladding with asbestos shingles. The owners' desire to recover the scale and character of the original home has resulted in an extensive renovation that has reconstituted the Old Farm porch, added a shingle-style bay under the main gable and constructed a new family room wing utilizing the foundation of the former servants’ quarters. A complete re-cladding of the exterior and significant structural and aesthetic upgrades to interior living spaces were also undertaken.
Mill Brook House - Westwood, MA
This 800 sf addition is sited on at the crest of a wooded hill overlooking a stream and mill pond. The sound of the mill falls and brook filters through the woods and into the new dining room and library.
Berkshire House - Richmond, MA
This aging, 1970’s example of “rural modern” was renovated and expanded to meet the lifestyle needs of its owners. Working in collaboration with Craig Halvorson, the continuity of landscape and living space was realized through a series of carefully orchestrated views and the creation of a variety of outdoor rooms, based on the plan of the house. A completely renovated interior featuring a new entrance, kitchen, living space and elevator from the lower level complete the renovation of this hilltop residence.
Ranch Cabin - Roscoe, MT
Overlooking the Beartooth mountain range in south-central Montana, this private home was designed to fit into the historic context of a 110-year old family ranch. While incorporating the aesthetics and materials of the local region, this incredibly energy-efficient house was constructed using a timber frame in-filled with pre-fabricated insulated foam “sandwich” panels. A small wood-burning stove and radiant-heat in the basement slab provide all the warmth necessary. An interior stair made of rough-sawn lumber from Cody, WY, a chinked log siding with a “hatcheted” finish and railings, inside and out, that use a spiral rebar from the nearby Stillwater palladium mine add to the character.
Auburndale House - Newton, MA
This very "intimate" parcel in Auburndale presented challenging setbacks that truly shaped the form of this garage / master bedroom addition. Using the unusual roof forms of the existing home, including a wrapping lower eave and shed dormers, a new volume "telescopes" off the east end of the house, helping to mediate the scale of the overall composition. A two-story gabled addition at the rear of the house allows for the expansion of the kitchen area as well as the incorporation of two full bathrooms upstairs. The volumetric massing studies produced during the schematic design phase provided confirmation that the addition would prove contextual, despite being inches from two setback lines.
Beachfront House - Marblehead, MA
This new 5,000+ sf residence, located directly on one of Marblehead's few beaches, has sweeping views of Salem Harbor. Designed to take into account the predominant vernacular architecture of the area, this house combines a number of thoughtfully-scaled volumes with a variety of roof forms and carefully selected materials. The intimate entry court, carved out of the ledge, gives way to a free-flowing first floor plan with extensive glazing opening up onto a blue-stone terrace, with unobstructed views to the beach and the ocean beyond. Form + Place worked closely with the owners to shepherd the project through site plan approvals and a design process that involved extensive 3-D modeling of exterior volumetrics and interior details.
South End Condo - Boston, MA
This spectacular 1,700 sf 9th floor condominium has panoramic views over Boston's South End to the South Boston waterfront beyond. As the end unit in the building, the main living space and master bedroom were both characterized by a feature wall that was on an unusual geometry. Form + Place worked with the owners to design a series of beautifully-crafted built-ins, including a Mondrian-inspired cabinet/bookcase/entertainment center/art wall that has become the focal point of the living room. Additional built-in millwork - a bar area, a reading niche and a master bedroom shelving unit - in conjunction with extensive soffit and lighting work, helped unify the interior design.
West Newton House - Newton, MA
This beautiful West Newton home, built in 1890, sits on a prominent corner site equally addressing two thoroughfares. With two teenage children, the owners were looking to increase the functionality of their home by constructing a new master bathroom addition on the second floor, as well as a mudroom addition on the ground floor intended to reconfigure the back entrance off the existing kitchen. The mudroom addition includes built-in mill work and a laundry/pantry area, while providing a new covered entry porch that extends out to the south towards the driveway and garage. The massing, characterized by a three-sided hip roof with a second floor gabled dormer was purposefully designed to step down the scale of the house, so as to have minimal impact on the back yard. Construction completed in the summer of 2014.