Lexington, MA    2008

After a rewarding experience working with this owner on the creation of her Oyster Pond Cottage, in Falmouth, we were pleased when she asked us to help her renovate an historic property in Lexington, to be her primary home.

The turn-of-the-century Dutch gambrel underwent an extensive renovation, and expansion, to accommodate the needs of a family with growing children, and their many pets. The house now has plenty of room for all, with four bedrooms, reconfigured living and dining rooms, a large kitchen and mudroom, and additional porches.

As with the Oyster Pond Cottage, the owner was again committed to creating wonderful kid spaces. Her son’s room has a cozy nook bed, with a trundle for sleepovers, while her daughter’s room has a lovely desk, and bookshelves for all her things. They share the attic playroom suite, and study.

Reclaimed antique heart pine was used on the floors, and on the walls of the mudroom. The original, antique heart pine floorboards were repurposed as new kitchen cabinetry. The four fireplaces are surrounded by handmade, Motawi ceramic tiles, each in a unique design. The four bathrooms are decorated with Pratt and Larson tiles.

The house employs a geothermal deep well vertical closed-loop system for heating and cooling. The red cedar sidewall, Alaskan cedar shingle roof, BioBased insulation, and Marvin wooden windows all ensure a tight envelope.

Builder: Thoughtforms Corporation
Photographer: Peter Vanderwarker