Cole Residence Renovation and Expansion
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The owners of this 1950s Cape/Ranch house wanted to improve the quality and size of its living spaces and improve the character of its external appearance. Located on a wooded site with majestic trees, plantings, and nearby conservation land, the intent of redesign was to connect the house to the gardens and express a New England Vernacular architecture. The whole of the house interior was reconfigured, and designed so that all the living spaces flowed easily together. The existing attached garage became a new living room, study and formal entrance; the existing living/dining space became an elegant new dining room with adjacent informal family room; and the existing kitchen and bedroom wing remained but with improved finishes. The newly expanded living room was designed to optimize spaciousness with a coffered ceiling and dormers bringing natural light from above; and offer generous views and access to nature with window seats within bookshelves, and French doors leading to the garden and porch. A soapstone fireplace was installed as the elegant centerpiece for social gathering. The new study/den was designed as a private, smaller version of the new living room.
The exterior was improved through the addition of a veranda porch stretching the length of the house and weaving the bedroom, dining and living sections together. The veranda provides a transition from the front garden to house, integrates formal and mudroom entrances, as well as offers an elongated bench to enjoy the front garden which is partially defined by a new free-standing saltbox garage. The entire house was re-clad with treated cedar shingles for a natural gray appearance, and new insulated windows and doors were also installed. The rear house elevation appearance was improved by the addition of the living room dormers, new screened porch, as well as the new bay windows at the kitchen and informal family room with their extended views to the gardens.
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* Project Architect / Amsler Woodhouse MacLean Architects, Boston MA