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BUTZ + KLUG Architecture

BUTZ + KLUG Architecture

Boston, MA

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Kitchen view
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Brookline, MA

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.

 
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Status: Built
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,

Collaborators:
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

 
Reconfigured Entry Hall
Reconfigured Entry Hall
View into Kitchen through open doors
View into Kitchen through open doors
Detail view through translucent doors into kitchen to treetop view
Detail view through translucent doors into kitchen to treetop view
Kitchen view in summer
Kitchen view in summer
Kitchen Sitting Space in summer
Kitchen Sitting Space in summer
Kitchen view in winter
Kitchen view in winter
Kitchen view
Kitchen view
Stainless steel counter detail
Stainless steel counter detail
Top: New Terrace View Bottom: View of terrace above new enclosed storage
Top: New Terrace View Bottom: View of terrace above new enclosed storage
View of Kitchen from Terrace
View of Kitchen from Terrace
Top: Bathroom View Bottom: Bathtub with open sliding cabinet
Top: Bathroom View Bottom: Bathtub with open sliding cabinet
Bathtub with closed sliding cabinet
Bathtub with closed sliding cabinet
Basement Level Plan: Added construction in black, removed construction in blue, and remaining existing construc- tion in gray.
Basement Level Plan: Added construction in black, removed construction in blue, and remaining existing construc- tion in gray.
Ground Level Plan: Added construction in black, removed construction in blue, and remaining existing construc- tion in gray.
Ground Level Plan: Added construction in black, removed construction in blue, and remaining existing construc- tion in gray.
New Exterior View
New Exterior View
Storage in use
Storage in use
Section through Entry, Hall, Kitchen and site
Section through Entry, Hall, Kitchen and site

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