The changing needs of their multigenerational family inspired these homeowners to call Slocum Hall Design Group to design an addition to their 1930’s Colonial home on West Newton Hill. The young physicians with two children wanted to create spacious quarters separated from the main house for the grandmother who moved in to help with childcare, while also adding to the utility of the garage.
The primary aesthetic directive was to work with the existing exterior and create an addition that blended seamlessly with their home in both form and function. Working with both generations, we added features that made the new in-law space both aesthetically pleasing and functional for an active woman in her 70’s, looking to age in place. We took design cues from the existing home to make the large addition feel like it belongs utilizing synthetic slate to match the roof of the main house and borrowing other prominent design elements. The result is a two-car Garage with a separate-entry Mudroom on the main floor, a comfortable in-law apartment on the second floor, and an updated exterior that blends perfectly with the home’s 1930’s aesthetic.
Slocum Hall Design Group is hiring! We’re seeking a motivated and talented Intern Architect/Designer to join the firm’s growing design team. The ideal candidate must have 5-10 years experience, possess strong design and technical skills, have experience with project management, and be comfortable working directly with clients. This position reports directly to a licensed architect; any AXP requirements will be supervised.
- 5+ year experience
- Bachelors or Masters Degree in Architecture, Registration not required
- Solid experience with AutoCAD required; Sketchup experience preferred
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel & PowerPoint
- Experience with residential historic preservation and new construction preferred
- Experience detailing residential wood frame construction strongly preferred
- Must be a strong self starter yet comfortable taking direction
For more information and to apply for the Intern Architect/Designer position, please submit your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why does it take so much time to design a commercial air diffuser? While commercial air diffusers maintain a comfortable and consistent temperature, humidity level and air circulation, in the case of a home fashion retailer, these necessary elements also need to be visually appealing, or as much as possible, fade from view.
The Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ Natick location, a high-end home furnishings store for designers, combined branding elements, intentional design, and code requirements. The team was challenged to meet requirements by designing a vent system that circulates comfortable air in this high ceilinged space while blending with the store’s aesthetic.
The solution required attention to detail and a close working relationship with the Mechanical Engineer. We started with the overall store design: the Company’s corporate guidelines included niches framed by large-scale side jambs and overhead headers; often including a sofa, accessories and artwork, all accented by a painted wall. We then determined the minimum venting requirements and scaled it up to align perfectly with the outer edges of the niche jambs. This included the precise spacing of the grilles so that the white fin is in perfect rhythm with the opening. The finished product is well-intended and high-functioning while preserving the familiar look and feel of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ in-store experience.
To learn more about our commercial design services, contact Leah at email@example.com or call us at 617.744.6399.
Groundbreaking at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Commercial projects and residential projects start similarly, with a set of goals; what needs to be accomplished in order to create a space that better serves the people who use it. Whether retail, healthcare, law offices or places of worship, each commercial project has unique characteristics. They may vary in size and scope, and may or may not have professionals in place familiar with the process of design and construction. Some companies have experienced facilities departments, others have designated decision makers, and still others require the owner’s involvement to complete the project. Those with established locations and practices often have decentralized decision-making; others have facilities department or real estate manager whose job it is to act as a direct liaison between the architect and the home office. Depending on who is making the decisions, who is on-site, and the availability of in-house support, the process can vary greatly.
How a company engages with an architect, and the pace at which a project proceeds, will vary from one company to another, but the role of an outside architect remains invaluable. An architect experienced in a variety of commercial projects can provide a range of services from creative design and full project management to taking on the role of advisor offering guided leadership, team management, or someone to generate ideas and priorities with at the earliest stages. In each project, the scope of the work might change, but what should remain constant is good communication, a strong relationship with the client and with all parties involved in the project, and the kind of flexibility and positive attitude that can make even the most challenging of situations, a success.
If you work for or own a business with spatial or design needs, no matter your facilities team, we can help. Call or email us today.
When the local franchisees of North Carolina-based Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams decided to lease space in the up and coming development at Third Ave in Burlington, they called on SHDG to help facilitate the build out process. Leah has extensive experience in commercial work and just completed the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams signature Natick store. The owners sought to carry over their success into this new venture in Burlington.
It’s not uncommon for a company based outside Massachusetts to call on the services of a local architect. A local architect understands the code requirements, obtains permits, stamps documents, works with area engineers, reviews contractor bids, oversees construction and works with the landlord to facilitate the building of the facade. In addition, it was Leah’s job to communicate regularly with the corporate architect and design team to maintain the integrity of the brand, and with the owners for ongoing design review of the interiors.
Managing this kind of project takes the kind of organizational skills and focus on detail that is our specialty at Slocum Hall. We invite you to come take a look at our work. The Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store is be located at 22 Third Avenue in Burlington. And if you are a company seeking local commercial architect services, get in touch with us at Slocum Hall.