Mar
23

Before: The Original Garage Front ViewThe 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.

Before: The Original Garage Side View

Before

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.

After: A Sympathetic Garage Addition

After: A Mudroom, Garage and In-Law Soace

Mar
01

Groundbreaking at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

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.

Oct
02

Retail DesignWhen 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.

Feb
13

3-d images3D Modeling is a tool used by Architects and Designers as a fast and affordable way to represent a project accurately. For homeowners, it provides true-to-life images of their design that, until that point, could only be imagined.

When a design professional works on your new home, renovation or addition, typically, Plans and Elevations are provided telling you how big it is, and where and how it sits on your site. They are 2-dimensional, single line drawings that show the metrics of your project and provide some idea of how it will look. 3D modeling shows clients a more complete visual story; it’s a polished and interactive visual representation of the final product. Any changes or alternate views can be made easily to the 3D image.

There are many 3D modeling tools available. We like Google Sketch-Up. In the hands of a design professional, it gives our clients the opportunity to imagine what life will be like in their new space.

Contact Slocum Hall Design Group for more information and to discuss your project.

Nov
13

Historic Preservation AwardSlocum Hall Design Group was recently selected for a Newton Preservation Award by Historic Newton and the Newton Historical Commission for the design of a residential addition on Forest Avenue. The panel of judges noted Slocum Hall’s design as “a thoughtful addition that uses the details and materials of the existing house to balance the asymmetry of the original composition nicely.” Awards were given Wednesday, November 12th at a ceremony honoring several local recipients for their commitment to Newton’s historic preservation.

To preserve the historic integrity of the home on Forest Ave, Slocum Hall Design Group used materials that accurately matched the time period and replicated details found on the original house to seamlessly integrate the old with the new. This included harvested brick from the original house in the new addition to create a consistent look and feel. The home is now in its second full century, with a modern addition that honors its ties to the past.

“The challenges we faced were ones that we face on any old house project. Houses of this vintage can be a Pandora’s box once you open the walls and see how it was constructed almost 100 years ago,” commented Leah Cohen Lamkin, Slocum Hall’s newly appointed partner.

“Slocum Hall Design Group is dedicated to the preservation of New England’s treasured antique homes and living history,” added David Boronkay, founder, principal, and partner. “We felt that this project exemplified what the award is intended to highlight – bringing an old home into the modern era while safeguarding the unique features and architecture from its past.“

See our portfolio for more information on the Forest St. project.