Here's a quick rendering of a new house we're designing - on a mountaintop in New Hampshire. These images help us and the folks we work with to imagine the building we're creating together. Our drafting program, Revit, does the magic.
The new roof is framed for this double-gambrel house in Brookline. It required a lot of delicate surgery for everything to come together perfectly - shame to cover it up.
Folks are moving into their new house in Roxbury in time for Christmas - you can see the workmen installing solar panels on the roof. It was a complex process getting the layout right for these two women and their mother, especially since the lot was unusually long and narrow, but we have a good time working with people as they become clear about what they want. Energy efficiency was high on the list from the first.
Celebrating the opening of JP Centre Yoga, our latest project on Centre Street and already a great spot for folks to gather and connect. Kudos to Sejal Shah and Daniel Max, intrepid yogis and visionaries, for making this place happen. Photo of Sejal and a yoga teacher via JP Centre Yoga Facebook Page.
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The second house is our Greek Revival on Martha's Vineyard.
This Brookline house was so structurally compromised - splayed walls, wobbly foundation, and wonky floors, that we are lifting the whole house off it's foundations, straightening everything up, and setting it back down on a newly capped foundation wall. Here's the house up about 8", resting on three I-beams.
The I beams are jacked up and leveled from the inside.
You can see the chains running diagonally, dragging the walls back into square.
These turnbuckles are tightening the chains.
When the builder, Justin Keyes, opened up the floor of this 19th century house, he found some over-enthusiastic carpentry had been done over the years. New beams required throughout.
Our cool software Revit lets us model the structure in excruciating detail.
Same Dorchester house - the mad russian painstakingly installing this very cool tile from Ann Sacks.
The new 'ribbon stair' in an old Dorchester house, mid-way in. Trimitsis Woodworking built this using previously unheard of joinery and installation techniques. The slot running up near the outside edge will receive the glass railing.
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The design lover's website houzz.com recently published our renovation and addition to an old Federal house in Lincoln.
Snapshot of an eyebrow window in a little guest house we did on Marthas Vineyard, just completed construction. I love light moving over curved plaster - something to look at when you're gazing at the ceiling.
The Daily Beast
named Tres Gatos
one of the top 10 new restaurants in the COUNTRY! We designed the interiors with the talented design firm Hamilton Hughes Design
(who also designed the logo, signage and website). The review says one of the biggest pulls is the ambiance! We had a blast working with the owner David Doyle. Get thee to Jamaica Plain for some tapas!
We integrated animal alphabet tiles hand-painted by our client's sister into this backsplash . There are no actual letters, so we had a fine time sorting through to identify the aardvark, the tortoise, the hare...
Choosing the mural for Tres Gatos with our pals at Hamilton Hughes Design
was good fun. We stumbled on this website, Florida Memory
archiving Spanish Land Grant maps. The images are a mysterious mixture of picture-like and map-like qualities, like you're overhead and at eye level both. We chose the final one in part because everyone loved the writing - who writes like that anymore?