Like many of Brookline’s marvelous two-family houses this building built around 1890 had been altered many times. The replacement of an aging kitchen presented an opportunity to take advantage of the unique siting of this house - sitting at the top of a slope with an extensive and wooded rear yard. The sequence from the street to the existing (slightly modified) materially rich introverted central hall to the ‘release’ of the framed view of the treetops from the kitchen becomes the memorable counterpoint to the cross-axial en filade of the original rooms. As a result this larger spatial composition gives gravity to the new sequence and becomes the most striking and memorable event of the house. The additional task of reconfiguring the somewhat haphazard and piecemeal organization of the storage and bathroom allowed the master bedroom, bath and guest bath to be greatly simplified and brought into a more spatially cohesive and efficient union with the original plan of the house.
In the lower level, formerly a basement apartment connected by a service stair, the expanded program of study, guest bedroom and bath, wine cellar and laundry allowed the redesign and reversal of the stair which, now integrated with the interior of the house becomes a space for the vertical display of a rug.
They layout of the lower floor, through the use of floor to ceiling sliding doors was designed so that the whole space adjacent to the rear yard could be enjoyed when the guest bedroom was not being used and could be easily reconfigured when for privacy when required.
Location: Brookline, MA, US
My Role: Principal Architect
Additional Credits: Construction Manager: Brite Builders Inc. 10 Garfield Avenue Somerville MA 02145
Engineering Firm: Roome & Guarracino, LLC. 48 Grove St # 301, Somerville MA 02144
Designers: Pamela Butz, Jeffrey Klug, Heather Fagans, Myriam Migrditchian, Marc Roehrle,
Window Fabricator: Architectural Openings. 16 Garfield Avenue Somerville MA 02145
Wood Finisher: Murat Oztermiyeci. 114 Pond St., Seeconk MA 02771
Cabinet Maker: KR&H. 471 Page Street, Stoughton MA 02072
Photographer: Eric Roth Photography P.O. BOX 422, Topsfield MA 01983