A Delicate Balance of Past and Present: This Old House

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Designing a home for functionality, lifestyle, and curb appeal is always one of our main objectives when we partner with clients. Here we examine three ways our integrated architecture and interior design team created a sanctuary out of this 130-year-old, shingle style house north of Boston.

A Delicate Balance of Past and Present
This home underwent a complete renovation that resulted in an eloquent balance between its historic elements, and modern design and efficiencies. Its owners wanted a somewhat traditional aesthetic, but like everyone else, live a contemporary life in today’s world so it was imperative to respect the original architecture while making it function for a modern family. Details like the original glass windows, gliding pocket doors, hardwood floors, and intricacies along the balusters were preserved. Modern amenities such as radiant heat and micro zoned thermostats, energy-efficient windows and solar panels, and a massive mechanical and electrical upgrade were added. The kitchen was relocated from a disconnected area of the house to a central space gleaming with distinction and abundant light. Interior spaces were thoughtfully designed, walls reconfigured, and rooms expanded to improve the overall flow of the house.

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“Most importantly, the goal was to preserve the original soul of the home.”

~ Tobin Shulman, Principal at SV Design

Connecting to Nature
SV Design took advantage of the home’s high ceilings, natural attributes, and strong connection to nature. The homeowners wanted to feel like they were outdoors even when they were in the house so it was important for the windows to be large enough to bring the view in, so that even when they were sitting in the dining room or breakfast nook it would feel like they were up in the branches of the trees. Additionally, the original screen porch was incorporated into the plans as a fully finished living space for the utmost indoor-outdoor living connection.

An office on the second floor was also built with nature in mind. A wood floor, waterfall desk, wood- stained Marvin windows, and matching wood-capped window storage seat intertwine to create a warm and comfortable space that blends perfectly with the calming scenery outdoors.

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“We dropped the windows all the way to the floor to allow more light and capture the views. The soft arch provides an elegant transition from outside to the inside.”

~ Shelby Littlefield, Senior Interior Designer
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Textures and Tones
From mantels and fireplace inlets to door trim and crown molding, to paint colors and wallcoverings -- each and every design element was examined and selected with intention. A stunning Venetian plaster ceiling completes the now elongated dining room and its custom-built c-shaped legged table, perfect for large dinner parties. Tile and stone selections are a neutral mix of marble and porcelain, and a color palette of bold blues and greens are tempered with natural materials.

View this project in its entirety here.

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Builder: This Old House
Builder: Silva Brothers Construction
Custom Dining Room Table: Sweenor Builders
Photographer: Jared Kuzia