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A collection of random thoughts, kudos and useful resources for home and business owners looking to do architectural work -additions, renovations or new construction- to their home or small business.

Monday
Jan052015

pantone color trends spring 2015

Everyone needs to know the color trends that the both the Fashion and Home Decor industries refer to as they develop new lines for each season… or, maybe not. It can also just be one of those little design tidbits that you can throw out there to sound like a fashionista!

 

 http://bit.ly/pantonespring2015

 

Monday
Sep012014

Wellesley Zoning

Just spent the weekend redesigning/ drawing up plans and elevatons for an addition on Brook Street in Wellesley to meet the requirements of the Zoning Board. Glad that Wellesley is being sensitive to design integrity and stopping , when they can, projects that are noticably thrown together without any design thought.

Here is the original elevation that I was asked to redesign.

Monday
Apr072014

project in progress

Needham MA. In a pleasant neighborhood of early twentieth century homes, made up of an eclectic assortment of styles and sizes, is a small simple Cape perched on a hill. The house is well sited overlooking the neighborhood, however is a bit small and too plain for the fun and interesting family who lives there. After living in the house for a while they decided they needed something new. They really like their neighbors and that particular location in town, so rather than moving they decided they wanted to add on and renovate. That’s when they contacted me.

From discussions, questionnaires and images shared through dropbox, we developed a detailed program for everything they wanted to acheive—modern but sensitive to the existing, bigger but not a lot bigger area, improved circulation and spatial connections, plus a few specialty items like a small tandem garage space to accomodate 2 cars squeezed in in a snow storm; big front sitting porch; tons of storage (everyone wants that); a nice spacious sunny laundry room; a convertable first floor study/guest room with Murphy bed; a golf-swing room; a green monster wall in the sons room, and if he was getting that, then the daughter would need a fairy princess wall… 

Then after we brought builders in to review the early plans, to get us in the ballpark in terms of budget, we embarked on the design. The goal was to maintain the existing character both of the original home and streetscape, and at the same time, it should develop its own personal style. The owners had clipped an image of a house they really liked, and I agreed it was a good model, so we used that as a starting point. We looked back to the model a couple of time when the owners struggled to clarify some aspect of the design they wanted to modify. The final front elevation as we begin the construction drawings is shown above. The existing house and the image they clipped are shown below.

I will post periodic updates for anyone who might be interested in the process and resulting product that comes out of it…

 model image: 

  

Monday
Feb102014

best of Houzz award 2014

Press Release

Shannon Taylor Scarlett recieved a Best of Houzz 2014 award for client satisfaction!

Read article here.

Monday
Jan272014

houzz kitchen survey

curious what the trends are in kitchen design today?

the residential “ideabook” site houzz (similar to Pinterest for houses) did a survey, and here is a report on what they found:

kitchen design report

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