The Great Outdoors

We design for the whole house, not just one side or one angle becuase it is the sum of its parts that makes the house, your home.

Project Spotlight:  Exterior Addition

The Home Stats: This Medfield home was re-imagined on the inside and out by the homeowner with interior decorating and a change of house color to compliment the modern lines and expansive lot. The home was purchased with an arbitrary and less interesting deck that ran the length of the house.

The Clients’ Needs: The Owner wanted to create what outdoor living meant for them. A space to gather with friends, a fire for coziness, and some down time on the TV while enjoying fresh air… even on a rainy day. Of course, some of the usual… grilling, dining alfresco and a good design that followed the existing lines of the home. Working from home added one concern that the covered porch would steal some natural light from the home office.

The Challenges & Approach:  While the designers looked at possibilities for building distinct areas for multiple uses, they wanted to tie the main area in with the rest of the home’s exterior. Balance of the roof weight and the open deck on the home was needed to create asymmetry consistent with the existing style. Initial concepts revealed that the door used most often and closest to the kitchen should be the covered side. With two levels, the end result should be an effortless transition on the gently sloped lot that would work well with the overall landscape plan.

The Solution:  It started with the Owner’s vision to replace all the exterior doors and garage doors on the home, providing harmony around the home with the warmth of natural wood. A stained wood plank ceiling to compliment the doors was installed on the porch and the re-designed front entry. To mitigate the loss of sunshine in the office, one large skylight was used to help with the light.


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