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Warm and Inviting Home Transformation

Arlington, Massachusetts

Whole Home Remodeling

This home in Arlington was uninhabited for quite a while. The previous owner had purchased the property as a tear-down and planned to build a very large house. Their plans fell through and he put the house on the market as-is, with the utilities disconnected.

The first priority was reconnecting and installing utilities, wiring, and mechanicals that had been removed from the home. The exterior was in bad shape, so the exterior was re-sided with cedar shingle, the exterior trim was repaired, and replacement wood gutters were added. Several large, fixed picture windows from the ‘70’s were replaced with modern double-hung units for fresh air.

The existing kitchen and baths were vintage mid-century, which did not work with the reinvisioned flow of the home. The new spaces reflect the client’s lifestyle and personalities.

The primary instruction for the kitchen was to accommodate multiple people cooking at the same time. The second instruction was to open the kitchen to the dining room, as it was always envisionedas a working kitchen, as opposed to a showplace kitchen. “Antiqued” finishes were used on the cabinetry to emphasize the casual nature of the room. The cabinetry was intentionally selected in order to not feel too “precious” so that the children and pets of the home could interact without worry.

The house originally had a bathroom directly off the kitchen, which was not ideal. The decision was made to keep the bathroom where it was as a dog-washing area, and add a cabinetry-buffer to separate the bathroom door from the working area of the kitchen. Using a pocket door enabled a larger shower to be included. The dramatic wall tile needed to be in relation to a similarly dramatic yet soothing wall color, thus the deep plum wall color.

The second floor bathroom originally had a cramped, awkward layout. A built-in linen cabinet that faced the wall was removed in order to create a better layout for the bathroom. As the homeowner was passionate about international travel, the floor tile was selected to reflect an exotic feel but keeping with the colors seen out the window on the lake-side of the house.

The house works perfectly for the whole family!

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