There are few design topics that spark more disagreement than the addition of modern details to older, traditional homes. And there are many legitimate reasons why. Some feel that modern renovations might hurt the resale value of a home. Others are concerned about the home fitting in with other houses in the neighborhood. Many homeowners in historic districts are indeed limited by guidelines that demand conformance to a historic style. Still, there are good reasons why my firm is not shy about taking a modern design approach when remodeling older homes. For one, many of our clients are interested in modern architecture and are frustrated by the lack of modern homes in the New England neighborhoods where we work. Unable to find a house that suits their style, they purchase older homes and come to us to help bring them into the 21st century with modern details and technologies that improve the home’s performance and express their personal sensibilities.
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