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.
Synopsis: The 2018 Best New Home Award goes to architect Matthew O’Malia and the team at GO Logic for this traditional New England home with a modern aesthetic. The architects started with the form of a traditional cape and two-car garage, and turned the garage, added a second story, and shifted the second story over the garage to create a more modern and relevant design. The interior has a sort of hybrid floor plan—something between a traditional layout with separate rooms and a more contemporary open concept. Energy efficiency was incorporated throughout the design, with triple-pane windows, a minisplit heat pump, and an energy-recovery ventilator.
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…