Newton House

Located in historic Newton, Massachusetts, this home renovation builds upon the “bones” of an existing 1960’s tract house on a beautiful wooded site. Working within a modest budget, the design dramatically changes the look and feel of the home while utilizing the home’s foundation and plumbing locations, within the existing footprint. It expands the home from a single story with unfinished basement to a three story home with 4 generous bedrooms and 5 ½ bathrooms. New living areas include a family room, a master suite on the second level, his and hers studies, and a new exercise/TV room in the basement.

Within a restricted footprint, the design creates strong connections to the exterior through meaningful transitional spaces such as the mahogany screen porch, master suite deck with hot tub, and grilling patio off the kitchen. Since the house faces north, the design incorporates clerestory windows to bring south light in from above. The interior finishes include a blend of bleached natural woods, warm-toned stones and tiles, and subtle shades of white to reflect the natural light.

Services provided included site study, programming, planning, concept design, schematic design, construction documentation and construction administration.


Location:
Newton, Massachusetts

Architect of record:
Maryann Thompson Architects (MTA)

Evan’s role:
Project Manager at MTA

Date completed:
2008

Size:
2200 sq ft before, 5500 sq ft

Award:
2009 Boston Society of Architects Honor Award

Photographer:
Chuck Choi Architectural Photography