Working within an existing nonconforming site, the project transformed a very monolithic ranch-style house into a home that captured views to the ocean and Inner Harbor from all sides.
The house is transitional in style Using locally quarried stone, with the effect of the house and implies that the house is literally rising up out of the ledge using local stone.
Features of the project included working with existing interior ledge, creating a new chimney that integrates new windows and shutter.
Pond Street Residence
The Pond Street House transformation added a new kitchen and adjoining conservatory room to an extraordinarily challenging slate roof condition. While modest in size relative to the rest of this grand Tudor home, the result of the addition was the perceived doubling of the interior spaces. The placement of the addition was deliberate in capturing a spectacular outcropping of ledge, creating a private inner space to the house's back yard while bringing the effect of the ledge into feeling of the interior space. The kitchen and conservatory have become a flexible family space for communal cooking, music, and studying.
HISTORIC MAIN STREET, HINGHAM, MA
Located in a secluded pastoral setting off of Historic Main Street, this home was designed to appear very traditional on the exterior and very open, airy, and loft-like on the interior.
Built for a young growing family that had formerly lived in an industrial loft in Boston, the project needed to appear traditional on the outside while providing light-bathed, crisp, and minimalist spaces in the interior. The result is a strategy for an "urban barn," which incorporates sweeping views to the pastoral landscape, integration of collected re-claimed doors, and a soaring, open, lofty feel.
The Point Allerton House is situated directly in front of the outcropping of ledge that hosts Boston Harbor's iconic Boston Light. The interior plan was carefully arranged to maximize views out to the Light, and windows were carefully calibrated to optimize views from seated positions inside of the house. The project was a complete transformation of a modest structure on an extraordinary site. HMA took every view, plane, horizon line and view corridor into consideration in planning the floor plan and sill height of all of the windows. The result is a house that is extraordinary in effect for the size of its footprint.
COHASSET COMMON, COHASSET, MA
Designed to complement an existing Second Empire home adjoining Cohasset Common, this new carriage house was designed to accommodate two car bays with a composition that is meant to imply one bay. There is an in-law suite on the second floor, and workshop and potting shed spaces as well.
Highland Ave House
HISTORIC DISTRICT TRANSFORMATION
COHASSET COMMON, COHASSET MA
Swiss Chalet Transformation
HULL VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT, HULL, MA
A London couple hired HMA to transform a "great buy" on a landmark site in Hull Village from a novelty Swiss Chalet in gross disrepair to an arts and crafts inspired fine home. The site and program faced two major challenges: the Swiss Chalet, which was protected by Historic District jurisdiction and Review, contained few opportunities to capture there are 360 degree water and views of Hingham Bay, Boston Harbor, and the Boston skyline. The existing , , was under the protection of the Hull Village Historic Commission and could not be permitted for demolition. The HMA team worked with the Historic Commission to find stylistic links from the Arts and Crafts movement to the Shingle style and Chalet styles, permitting the client permission to transform the house to the style preferred by the clients.
The result is a dramatic home that allows for strategic views to Boston, along Hull Bay, into Hingham harbor, and to to the ___ Tower.