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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...

Renovating or Building a Home? Expect Your Architect to Maintain Clear, Consistent Communications

While many designers and architects can help realize the spatial and visual aspects of your dream home, renovation or addition, having skills in communication, including responsiveness, is key to a successful project. It is what makes the process run smoothly, provides peace of mind and leaves you with a positive memory of the experience – all because it is a...

Dressing Rooms; A Woman’s Response To The “Man Cave”

In recent years, we have seen the generously sized walk-in-closet, which was the standard in many high-end residential master bedrooms, morph into an entirely new kind of space. A simple 8×10 foot room equipped with shelves and double-tiered rods was previously sufficient for a couples’ clothing storage needs; those times have changed. The closet of the new millennia is not...

Home Gyms

Many of us find it difficult to muster up the motivation to go to the gym before or after a busy day of working.  The weather’s too cold or too hot; there’s traffic; the gym’s too crowded. Whether these obstacles are real or imagined, there is a perfect solution: create a space in your house where you can work up...

Residential Elevators ~ An Upward Trend

Providing functional layouts for today’s lifestyles often includes planning for parties, special events, general home maintenance and aging in place. You may be wondering how all of these varied topics are connected in the context of home design. Residential elevators is the commonality. While dumbwaiters have been common for many generations, more and more often houses are being planned with...

A Newton Tudor’s Seamless Addition & Restoration

There is a significant inventory of Tudor style homes in the outlying western suburbs of Boston, many of which were constructed in the early 1920’s.  Needless to say, some of these homes are quite outdated.  In addition to the finishes in these homes being out of style, their layouts are not ideally suited to the way we live today.  Tudor...

The Architect, Your Home, Your Project – Getting Personal

Before any plans are drawn for your renovation, addition or a new-build,      sharing your dream starts the process. From that point it only gets more personal.  Helping you realize your vision means understanding some of the intimate details of how you live your life day to day, on special occasions, what’s important to you, and what is not....

Sympathetically Revising an Historic Home

Honoring the history of a period home while attempting to make it function for modern living can often pose some challenges.  Our current project on Bellevue is a large-scale example of how to respectfully adapt a gilded era mansion for the new millennium.  While preserving its historic merits this home needed to provide its owners, a young family of six,...