Brookline Massachusetts Renovation
The Design strategy uses the spatial arrangement of the Victorian era plan as a point of departure while conceiving of the program and architectural language in contemporary terms.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Beauty emerges from embracing the compelling juxtapositions of the building’s history with our modernity. 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. Overscaled custom windows and sliding doors connect the exterior and interior in this otherwise introverted Victorian house
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
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.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project began in March of 2003 and finished in March, 2009.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Total Unit Sq. Ftg.: 5004
Total Renovated Sq Ftg.: 3970
Total Project Cost (including deferred maintenance and infrastructural improvements): $734,000
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $185.00
Renovation, Victorian era, Row house, Architecture, Interior Design, Custom Furniture, Custom Hardware, Historical Preservation
Like many of Brookline’s marvelous Victorian houses this building, constructed around 1890, had been altered many times. The program for the renovation was an updated kitchen and deck, new master bedroom and bath, a new 1/2 bath and a renovation of the lower apartment for use as a study, guest bedroom, new guest bath, laundry and wine cellar.
The challenge with any renovation resides in incorporating contemporary life – both technologically (HVAC, lighting, efficient appliances) and socially (new family and rituals from kitchens to closets) – in an historical fabric that implies a formal and spatial arrangement frequently in conflict with that modernity.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug
BUTZ + KLUG Architecture, 2012.