Honoring the history of this turn-of-the-century Newton Neo-Classical Revival while updating its function for modern living posed distinct challenges and opportunities. Ultimately, the goal of this project was to thoughtfully preserve the home’s historic merits and rich character while providing its owners, a young family of six, modern functionality and convenience.
Achieving that goal required a careful balance of painstaking preservation of the formal living spaces including the Drawing Room, Double Parlor, Dining Room and Billiards Room; renovating the kitchen and bathrooms, and the basement which now includes a Family Room, Gym, Home Theatre, Steam Room and Hair Salon; and adding an attached three-bay Garage with a bonus space above, serving as both a Play Space for the four children and as Guest Accommodations.
The Residence On Bellevue is the proud recipient of the Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Boston 2018 PRISM Award for Best Historical Renovation.
The owners of this 18th century farmhouse, situated on a large pond in Sudbury, hired Slocum Hall to sympathetically increase the size of their home while maintaining the charm and authenticity of its early New England roots. The project combined restoration of the original space and a significantly sized addition which accommodates a new Kitchen, Mud Room, Den and Screened-In Porch on the main level. The plans also included a connector between the main house and the existing barn located towards the rear of the property.
On the second floor of the farmhouse, the existing space was redesigned so that it functions more effectively for the family of five. A large master suite was added, complete with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams of reclaimed wood, and a cupola which acts as a beacon as you approach the residence at night. A spa-like master bathroom retreat was designed for the owners to enjoy, with beautiful views of the pond from the tub and shower.
We were hired to design this New Construction, Shingle Style Gambrel for a very complicated lot. Bordered by wetlands on two sides and a steep hill on another, our buildable zone was a kidney bean shaped area. With a strict directive to design a residence with 6000 square feet above grade, we were faced with the challenge of maximizing every possible inch of the usable lot. As the aerial view illustrates, the house took on a unique shape to accommodate the owners request for the desired square footage.
The interior program consists of a dramatic entry and stair hall with two-and-a-half story soaring ceiling. The second floor bedroom hall overlooks the entry hall and is also accessed by a back stair from the Kitchen/Family Room. Generously proportioned rooms on the Main Floor have a direct connection to the surrounding property with French Doors and oversized windows. The second floor consists of five bedroom suites, including a Master Suite with a fireplace and sundeck overlooking the property and abutting wetlands. The expansive Basement space is naturally lit by stone-faced window wells and features a media room, gym and recreation room.
Living in an early 20th century Tudor in Newton, our clients hired us to help them re-imagine their home to better function for their growing family. Our plans included opening the Kitchen to the two adjacent rooms, creating an informal dining area as well as a sitting area. We relocated the powder room to allow for a wet-bar that also serves as the connection between the Kitchen and Breakfast Room. We converted a screen porch into a sunken TV area, a gathering space for the kids. In addition to reconfiguring the flow and function of the home, we worked with our clients on the interior design. By helping them select all the cabinetry, finishes, and furniture we helped them create a comfortable and inviting family home without sacrificing glamour and sophistication. This included the dramatic stone selections for the kitchen which drove the general aesthetic and color palette: largely black, white and gray, with joyful pops of orange to balance the overall elegance with a sense of playfulness. This project is a great example of how Slocum Hall Design Group can serve as both architect and interior designer on your project, considering and incorporating all aspects of the exterior and interior from start to finish
Revitalizing a 1950’s Ranch
The owners of this property purchased the dilapidated 1950’s ranch with the intention of demolishing it and building a modern residence in its place. A yearlong demolition delay caused the owners to rethink their plan, and instead, looked to Slocum Hall to design an addition and reconfigure the existing home to meet their programmatic needs. The prominent two-car front-facing garage was converted into Living Space with 12’ ceilings. An addition towards the rear of the property housed a new Garage, Mudroom and expanded Kitchen spaces. All the living spaces were reconfigured to function more efficiently, creating four bedroom suites and an expansive basement for recreation and informal entertaining.