Swampscott, Massachusetts
Architecture, Interiors

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This gambrel-style residence has been completely upgraded to satisfy modern standards while restoring and reinforcing the original 1885 design. It began as a summer cottage accessible by train from Boston and is now a year-round residence. The essence of the structure was maintained while enhancing every detail. The breadth of craftsmanship is evident throughout the home resulting in a comfortable and embellished aesthetic. The cohesion of lighting and plantings on the outside, the intricate cabinetry, and the detail in rooms such as the wine room, billiard room, and card room offers a comfortable and rich aesthetic the client and their many guests enjoy.

The client loves to entertain, so the design developed a series of open interior spaces which flow to a reconsidered deck space and ultimately onto a stone terrace and lawn below. The design provided two additional spaces in conjunction with a whole-house gut renovation. A new garage and office structure were built on the footprint of the existing garage structure and connected to the existing house with a spacious connector stair and bridge. A breakfast room was also added to the ocean side of the house adjacent to the relocated kitchen.

Other spaces in the house are adorned with period-appropriate trim, rich custom cabinetry, and a mix of natural and painted paneling. A third-floor bathroom was reconceived as a light and airy bathing space with views of the coastline below. The kitchen was relocated from the street side of the house to the ocean face, giving the avid cook and owner a more central space. A billiard room and study were developed along the southern face of the house. Other significant features of the home include custom stained-glass windows in the office, media room, master bath, and wine room.

The renovation showcases and enhances the home’s exquisite craftsmanship and details.

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Photographer: Brian Vanden Brink