A Great Room becomes Grand.

The family sold ancestral property on the shore and moved inland, buying a 1970s cape, built with an earnest attempt at antique replication. It was set on a wooded site anchored to a pond. The owners admitted to not really liking the original house, which seemed incomplete and poorly finished. We worked with them to make it their own. By carefully altering and adding to it, a new wholeness was created.

With the home-owner’s interior design skills, a collection of her family antiques, and our collaboration, the home has become dynamic and luminous, in form, texture and color. It has a light-filled flow of spaces.

A great room addition, with beautiful views, is the heart and soul of the house. This core seamlessly connects to the other spaces. The sun room expands upon a small area, all glass, with an antique stove and a commanding view. A guest suite now occupies the area over the garage, featuring a bath that serves double duty as a powder room. A fitting entry porch now protects the front door. Previously hidden, the stair to the 2nd floor has now been dramatically opened to the front hall, completing the entry statement. The remaining space of the first floor is now significantly remodeled and spatially reallocated.

The end result is a home that reflects its occupants. He is tall and large of personae where she is light, energetic and an accomplished interior designer. Two high-energy Italian greyhounds always accompany them. They fit the space and the space fits them.