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Inspiring Projects

High-end breezeway design
Posted Feb 21 at 10:37 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Breezeways are an enlightened architectural feature. They add beauty and visual interest and create cohesion between the structures of a property. They can add significant curb appeal by providing a glimpse of the property you wouldn’t otherwise see on the approach, and, in this age of clean-air living, separate garages and carriage houses and any fumes emitted there from the main living quarters...
Country house renovation
Posted Feb 19 at 1:57 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
When a stately country home in Greenwich, Connecticut, wasn’t living up to its full potential, Charles Hilton Architects renovated the home inside and out. Though the home was built in 1940s, aspects of its design evoked the far older English country homes of the Georgian period. There were elegant features worth preserving and improving, but some elements—like two less-than-stellar wings, time-...
Custom conservatory
Posted Feb 15 at 2:53 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
This time of year, we’re all longing to see more of the sun. With that in mind, we're pleased to present some visual Vitamin D, and a look at resplendent conservatories and greenhouses. These sun-splashed structures are immediate mood-lifters and prized home features. They also celebrate the beauty of their natural surroundings while providing shelter from the cold.  Charles Hilton Architects A...
Custom cabinetry
Posted Feb 13 at 4:19 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Wet Bar Venegas and Company Typically, when you think built-in, you think wood. But Venegas and Company brings metal into the mix, shaking up a wet bar by combining painted walnut, polished stainless steel and antique nickel paint within its design. The effect is sleek and glamorous, particularly when paired with glass cabinetry, a hammered metal sink and smoky, patterned hard woods. Venegas...
Creating a French salon space
Posted Feb 12 at 2:26 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
In the hands of Wilson Kelsey Design, a bonus room at the top of the stairs became a Parisian-inspired salon for a writer and composer who needed an oasis of calm for her creative work rather than a chaotic, confining space. In order to give the artist the focus and serenity she craved, principal and interior designer Sally Wilson first addressed the floor plan. The new space needed to be “...
high-end custom mudroom
Posted Feb 7 at 6:12 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
In New England, mudrooms are a necessity, especially this time of year. These hardy rooms, often with slate, stone or tile flooring, are a gateway between the indoors and out, a space where a little grit, salt and sand is OK and we can shed our snow-soaked coats, shoes or boots (any signs of the elements, really) without dirtying our main home. Kenneth Vona Construction Mudrooms have also taken...
Posted Feb 1 at 11:03 AM in Inspiring Projects by Jen Harvey
This classic Mid-Atlantic Georgian home was designed by Charles Hilton Architects. The home’s entrance has antique wrought iron entry gates surrounded by new brick piers with limestone caps. As you enter through the gates, the home gracefully sits on a rise in the land. The Flemish bond brick Georgian features a curved Doric entry portico with a Palladian window above, and complimentary side...
sanford custom builders
Posted Jan 30 at 4:00 PM in Inspiring Projects by Jen Harvey
A custom built home in a town just outside of Boston, MA was designed to fit the lifestyle of an active family.  The backyard is perfect for entertaining all year round with a covered outdoor kitchen and eating area.  Inside, the double island kitchen provides plenty of room for dining and gathering.  A spiritual room is incorporated for the owner to practice Reiki and meditation in her very...
Boston Design Guide
Posted Jan 26 at 2:36 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Your neighborhood watering hole could be a whole lot closer. Thirsty homeowners are pulling up barstools at home and incorporating custom wet bars into living rooms, great rooms, game rooms and more. We raise a glass to high-end wet bar designs conceived by the area’s top interior designers and architects and constructed by the area’s top custom builders. No Uber required.  E.W. Tarca...
in-home bowling alley
Posted Jan 24 at 2:20 PM in Inspiring Projects by Melanie Perillo
Winter blues? Not here. Boston’s premier builders, architects and specialists have conceived some pretty amazing ways to embrace the great indoors—and we’re looking to them for inspiration. Now, we’ll grant you that the projects featured below are pipe dreams for most, but they sure are fun to look at, and got us thinking about real-world solutions to combatting a midwinter funk.  #1) Work on...