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Restrictions and Opportunities for Restoring a Historical Home 

Historic homes are known for having unmatched architecture and that one-of-a-kind aesthetic that so many homeowners search for. If you are drawn by the charm and beauty of owning your own piece of history, then you will want to make sure you know exactly what restrictions as well as opportunities await you. Buying and/or restoring a historic home is no...

Green Architecture In The Age Of Climate Change

Green Architecture in the Age of Climate Change 

Climate change is a term that we are hearing everywhere: from the political debates to the hometown discussions at coffee shops across the country. The question is no longer, “Is it happening?” but rather, “What are we doing to avoid the catastrophic consequences?” As architects, we know that this climate crisis is the fundamental design problem of our time.  With...

Spooky Architecture That’s Sure to Creep You Out 

The days are getting shorter, the nights seem darker and the calendar is heading towards the most supernatural night of the year, Halloween. As we approach October 31st, it seems like the perfect time to discuss spooky architecture including gargoyles, haunted houses, and everything in between.  When was the last time you saw a building or architectural component that gave...

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...