Best New Home 2018: Suburban Shift
Timeless styling with a modern twist makes this new home stand out in a post-war New England neighborhood.
Tom Bures and Liesl Sitton realized that their South Boston apartment was getting to be too small for their growing family at the same time that a house around the block from Tom’s mother went on the market. The modest 1940s colonial wasn’t quite what they were looking for, but they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be closer to family, so they bought it. At the time, the couple had only an inkling of the creative journey this purchase would take them on, but they knew they were determined to turn the place into a home they would love and live in for years to come.
Tom and Liesl’s initial plan was to remodel and expand the small house to give the family everything they wanted in a home. After careful consideration, though, it seemed to make more sense to raze the existing house and start from scratch with a new build. Their goal was to build something different from the surrounding colonials and Capes, but at the same time, something that would fit in with the traditional style of the neighborhood.
While searching for inspiration, Tom and Liesl stumbled upon the design/build firm GO Logic in the book Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid. They were initially drawn to GO Logic’s minimalist take on New England architectural styles, but the firm’s experience building sustainable, high-performance homes is what won them over in the end. Once Tom and Liesl got a feel for the talent and dedication of the GO Logic architects, they knew that designing the house would present the team with a fun and creative challenge. Jokingly, Tom told them to “design a house that would win an award,” which is exactly what they did.
The design team’s first priority was…