The in-law apartment of this shingle style house built in the 1840's needed to be renovated. Additional space and elements were required to meet the demand for the new space to be flexible and accommodating. A kitchen addition, the enclosing of an existing porch and new Entry were constructed with an open and airy decor.
In additional, the project was required to meet the needs of a handicap person. The challenge of designing a ramp which complimented the existing architecture was one of the greater successes of the project. A new larger bath was also incorporated into the design.
The client's desire to use part of the living space as a screened porch in the summer lead to the design and installation of custom windows which feature sashes that disappear into the wall leaving a screened opening.
Located at the top of Mount Vernon Street on Boston’s Beacon Hill, this penthouse apartment needed to be reconfiguring to better utilize the space and location. A new Master bedroom and bathroom were located on the top floor to take advantage of the out door space and views. The first floor living area and kitchen were reconfigured into an open plan that included a dining area.
A custom island that incorporated the required storage was designed to divide the dining space and kitchen. Upper cabinets with two sided glass doors allow light to permeate throughout the space. Italian marble and updated millwork finish out the space
The new owners of this 1909 arts and crafts foursquare wished to convert the century old building into a modern home. How to make this transformation without losing the charm of the home was the dilemma that drove the design. The simple arts and crafts style complimented a modern aesthetic that brought with it updated functions. The existing antique pine doors, trim and floors were refurbished and a new palette of modern natural material were use to bring a new and contemporary feel to the space.
Some interior walls were removed, others were opened up with cased openings to transform a number of small rooms into an open floor plan. The large kitchen and combined living and dining area provide an organized space with fluid circulation to meet the needs of this active family.
Chilled and Filtered Water
This gut renovation of an 1850's workers cottage in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood included a new dormer and roof deck. The building's pitched roof and the neighborhood's zoning ordinances required a creative solution to accommodate the roof deck that the owners desired. The new dormer made room for a master suite and nursery on the top floor of the 4 level townhouse.
Wood, exposed brick, and antique floors can be found throughout the townhouse. Built-ins, movable walls, and open shelves were installed to maximize the available space, and accommodate a modern lifestyle.
This third floor addition to an industrial building in a historic Boston neighborhood required a sensitive design that complimented the surrounding 19th century architecture. The simple modern box is clad with a fiber cement rain screen and metal trim. The simple detailing draws attention to the function and construction of each architectural element.
The design was able to overcome the obstacle of satisfying the historic commission as well as neighbors concerns regarding shadows and shading. The addition includes a master suite, guest bedroom, new interior stair and laundry. Glass wood and metal can be found through out the project.
This mixed-use renovation entailed working with a developer to create a façade that fit with the architecture of the neighborhood to achieve approval of preservation and community groups. The existing single story commercial building was expanded to include two floors of condominiums above. The design called for the ground floor façade and frieze to be clad in metal. Stone headers and sills appointed the windows, while red brick filled out the façade.
On the Boards
Bay Village Townhouse Renovation
House by an Orchard
House on a Hill
ACA was approached by a developer to design a 3 unit building that would meet the City of Boston’s zoning requirements and still proving comfortable townhouse living. Maxing out the 3 ½ story and 35’ height restriction dictated that the garage would be below grade. Providing access to these spaces on a narrow street required carful calculation and manipulation of the space in both plan and section. The shingled façade and pitched roof compliments the surrounding neighborhood and contributed to the character of the side street where it is located.
ACA was tasked with converting a large reception area into a conference room for Northeastern’s Division of Enrollment Management. We quickly discovered that the reception area would also need to be redesigned to allow for the reduced reception space and conference room to function. Designing a new reception desk was an opportunity to solve acoustical, visual, and ergonomic problems that plagued the existing space. The new desk was constructed of white corian and maple plywood, and incorporated a partition and cantilevered counter supported by a glass panel.