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Published kitchen grows (in function and livabilty, not size) with its family.

Published kitchen grows (in function and livabilty, not size) with it's family.

It was a tough decision to renovate my published kitchen (Inspired house 2004 http://www.taunton.com/inspiredhouse/pages/ih00003_01.asp Great kitchens 2007 http://www.tauntonstore.com/great-kitchens-082003.html). My husband and I have really enjoyed the kitchen. We liked the basic layout (good orientation, easy transition between appliances and an open central workspace), the open plan feel and how it related to other spaces and allowed exterior light to fill the space. We chose many of the finishes together and even carried the backsplash tile back from a trip to Australia. However, when I designed and built the space 16 years ago, we had different needs and a singular lifestyle. It was also only the second kitchen we had lived in (the first being a poorly designed apartment alley kitchen). Our first kitchen design was a compromise of ingenuity, cost, and function but did not include all of the necessities for a growing family (small boys eat their weight in food every week and teenage boys eat twice that…..we have one of each). Especially one that enjoys cooking, eating and entertaining. When the majority of our appliances gave out over a 6 month period and the wear and tear started to become more apparent, we took the opportunity in hand and set out to create a better functioning kitchen, one that accommodated our family’s needs, and became a great place for entertaining in the heart of the home.

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c. 1776 Edwards House

c. 1776 Edwards House

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In the midst of the Revolutionary war, John Edwards, erected a charming stone farmhouse, high on an earthen mound overlooking his lush 300 acre estate. Over two centuries later, the prominent...

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Cold Springs Farm

Cold Springs Farm

Cold Springs Farm, is an English style c.1780 – 1820 three-bay stone farmhouse where old world charm meets 21st century contemporary innovation. The home has undergone extensive renovation by its...

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2501 Barcelona Addition

2501 Barcelona Addition

Outdoor living, in Florida, is as much a part of the local lifestyle as a clam bake is in New England. Our most recent, major commission began as the expansion of small porch, on a 10 year old, Mediterranean Revival home in Fort Lauderdale. It evolved into new outdoor living and activity space for every member of the family. “Additions and Renovations to houses should look as though they were designed by the original architect and should enhance the original building as a result of the new construction.” Un-named architect. We take this premise very seriously and execute our design and construction work accordingly. Patterns and material selections utilized in the existing residence were the starting point for the design of the addition. Finish selections, consistent with and upgraded from the original, migrate across the project, blurring the line between the new and existing portions of the house. “You’d think I designed the entire building” the original Architect said to me as we neared completion of the project … a pretty nice compliment from one of your peers.

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Small Pond

Small Pond

It was one of those homes that always made me smile, a homestead done right behind a reflecting pond. A modest stone-wrapped cabin with an old tin roof set in a lawn studded with fruit trees. And then the phone rang and I was being asked about a whole house remodel. The potential to screw this up was huge, the budget was so small the building inspectors actually giggled when I told them. An 1850 era log cabin that had been moved to this site in 1900 and added on to subsided into the muck for 50 years and been "stabilized" at 8" out of level in twelve feet. It had been wrapped in asbestos (surprise!)then cedar and then added onto again and again. It had snakes in the crawl and bats in the attic. But it was the heart and soul of this community and an opportunity to do right(and get paid)and have fun doing it.

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Orcas Island House

Orcas Island House

The Orcas Island House combines the inspiration of Japanese vernacular architecture, cost and energy efficient structural insulated panel (SIP) construction, and my clients' desire to build their own...

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San Juan Remodel

San Juan Remodel

The clients had previously asked us to design a weaving studio for them and specifically asked that we completely ignore the look of their existing log and stone veneered home. A few years after the...

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1111 House

1111 House

Nestled among a grove of heritage oak trees in Napa Valley, this modern glass-and-redwood house, originally designed in 1950 by highly regarded Bay-area architect, Jack Hillmer, was restored to its...

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THACKERAY KITCHEN

THACKERAY KITCHEN

We wanted to dramatically improve the existing narrow kitchen, lack of daylight, limited storage, while creating a cohesive design between the kitchen and the sloped ceiling of the old porch that was...

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MADRONA RESIDENCE

MADRONA RESIDENCE

The program was to create a more beautiful, functional kitchen that was a better gathering space for family and friends. The goal was to better define the entry and living room and create modern...

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Nellysford Mountain Lodge

Nellysford Mountain Lodge

On this project we worked with our clients who live in Florida but wanted to create a country getaway here in Virginia.   This was a dramatic, full home renovation project converting a 1970's vinyl...

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CRAFTSMAN ATTIC REMODEL

CRAFTSMAN ATTIC REMODEL

The design intent for the remodel was to keep the exterior profile of this 1910 craftsman house in Seattle, yet provide a thoughtful modern upgrade to the interior space and infrastructure. There...

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reEnergize 3821

reEnergize 3821

While the location of the original 1928 house in an established neighborhood of Minneapolis was ideal for the family, the architecture, infrastructure, and layout did not reflect their lifestyle and...

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Process 17

Process 17

Situated on the shores of White Bear Lake in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, this project fulfills the Minnesota dream of lake living while also integrating many different aspects of the owner's lives. The...

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The Magnolia House

The Magnolia House

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The Magnolia House   Built in 1946, the Magnolia House had undergone a couple patchwork additions over the years. At just over 1600 sq ft, it was left with a broken-up floor plan, unusable spaces...

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Windows to the Water

Windows to the Water

Leslie and Allan Saunders met at Madison's Surf Club over 30 years ago. Leslie notes "I guess we always had a connection to the 'shoreline'" - often centered around Allan's avid interest in canoe...

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Neighborhood Friendly Net Zero

Neighborhood Friendly Net Zero

A historic town, an energy conscious client with modern sensibilities, and a crumbling collection of buildings in search of new life provided all of the right ingredients for a unique...

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Revitalization of a Greek Revival Kitchen

Revitalization of a Greek Revival Kitchen

A mid-19th century Greek Revival Vermont home had a sad, disjointed 1970's kitchen that just needed to go. Not only did we restore the kitchen honoring the architectural style of the period, but we...

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The House of One Thousand I Love Yous

The House of One Thousand I Love You's

This 1961 ranch house had small den, living, dining, kitchen, breakfast rooms which did not meet our needs for a modern open living dining and entertaining space. It was necessary to remove six walls...

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Worshipping a View, Accommodating an Extended Family

Worshipping a View, Accommodating an Extended Family

When families blend, houses must change. When a couple met and married after having separate families, they realized that their second home in the Berkshires had to be a year-round gathering place...

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