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How LEGO® Provides The Building Blocks For Architecture

From the time of its inception in the 1930s through to today, LEGOs® have inspired young minds to create and build. But let’s take a moment to really appreciate what this “toy” can teach minds, both young and old, about the building blocks of architecture.  Back when LEGO® kits were comprised of blocks of varying shapes, sizes, and colors without...

Our 5 Favorite Buildings In Boston 

Bostonians are known to: be well educated, fiercely loyal to their hometown, show reverence to the history of the region, be major sports fans, and be downright spoiled in the fact that there is no lack of iconic buildings lining the streets of their beloved “Beantown.”  We love walking the streets of Bay Back, downtown, and the surrounding communities to...

East Coast Architecture

A Tale of Two Coasts: Design Differences between West and East Coasts 

More than 3,000 miles separates the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean. While that may not seem like a huge number in the grand scheme of our planet, it is enough to create major architectural design differences in these two coastal regions. If you travel between these areas often, you may have noticed that the distance is not the only thing...

Before & After: A Sympathetic Addition In Newton

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...

The Best Commercial Architects — A Combination of Advisor, Manager and Partner

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...

Creating A Store For Designers

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...

3D Images — It’s All About Perspective!

3D 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...

Slocum Hall Design Group Honored with Newton Preservation Award

Slocum 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...

Integrating Modern Systems In An Historic Newton Home

Our project on Bellevue Street, Newton was originally built in 1876 and substantially modified in 1895 to become the gilded age mansion it is today. For all intents and purposes the home was built with all the modern conveniences of that era. All the skylights and windows were fully operational to take advantage of its perch atop a hill. Heating...