KR+H Field Trip: a look inside


On the Friday before Thanksgiving, all of us at KR+H were very grateful to be invited to tour three homes in which KR+H's work resides. What a wonderful opportunity for our craftspeople to see their work integrated with the talented work of others and so appreciated by the people who live in these homes.

BEACON STREET

The first stop was in Boston's Back Bay on Beacon Street. There was much of our work to see here - interior columns, kitchen cabinetry, paneling, a banquette with a beautifully designed and crafted table, and more. We admired the work of interior designer Terry Gregory (who joined us on our tour!) as well as the work of Stefco Builders.

In the coming months we plan to have professional photographs of this home to show you...stay tuned! Here are some photos from our tour...

Sureya, our hostess, chats with Savay, one of KR+H's talented craftspeople.

Sureya, our hostess, chats with Savay, one of KR+H's talented craftspeople.

KR+H's installer, Glenn, tells Andy, Josh, Mark, and Connor a tale.

KR+H's installer, Glenn, tells Andy, Josh, Mark, and Connor a tale.

Back row (l to r) you can (sort of) see Jason, Dan, and Mark. In the middle row are Bill, Dick, Mark, and Brenda. And up front are me (age before beauty) and Karla.

Back row (l to r) you can (sort of) see Jason, Dan, and Mark. In the middle row are Bill, Dick, Mark, and Brenda. And up front are me (age before beauty) and Karla.

John kneels in front and behind him are Paul S., Savay, Manny, Josh, Connor, and Andy. Apologies to our tall people in back!

John kneels in front and behind him are Paul S., Savay, Manny, Josh, Connor, and Andy. Apologies to our tall people in back!

SANDY POND BARN

Another pride and joy for all of us at KR+H is being a part of the loving restoration of this barn in Lincoln. On this project we worked with the homeowners, Dewing Schmid Kearns Architects, interior designer Manuel de Santaren, and Colonial Barn Restoration.

Views of the barn's exterior and looking up into the cupola.

Views of the barn's exterior and looking up into the cupola.

The caterer's kitchen. Photo by Richard Mandelkorn.

The caterer's kitchen. Photo by Richard Mandelkorn.

Caterer's kitchen, opposite wall. Photo by Richard Mandelkorn.

Caterer's kitchen, opposite wall. Photo by Richard Mandelkorn.

In the back row of four (l to r) you see KR+H's Mark G., Bill, Dan, and Paul. In front are Josh, Kris, and Karla.

In the back row of four (l to r) you see KR+H's Mark G., Bill, Dan, and Paul. In front are Josh, Kris, and Karla.

Checking out this beautiful barn!

Checking out this beautiful barn!

The small kitchen by KR+H's great craftspeople and designers. Photo by Richard Mandelkorn.

The small kitchen by KR+H's great craftspeople and designers. Photo by Richard Mandelkorn.

Lots to discover here.

Lots to discover here.

CONCORD

Our final destination was another lovingly restored barn - this one being a new home in Concord for two wonderful people, Sandy and Sally. Both Sandy and Sally greeted us with open arms.

Sandy greeting us at the door.

Sandy greeting us at the door.

After touring the restoration of their barn, we went upstairs to Sally's new music studio where tables were set for us to have lunch together. Sally, a gifted sopranist, sang lyrics of a song for us by Hildegard of Bingen, the twelfth-century Benedictine nun, visionary, herbalist, and composer. What an enchanting moment of poetry, melody, and creativity! What a memorable ending to our tour!

The kitchen's design was enormously inspired by the family and the history of this barn. KR+H's Karla Monkevich, along with Paul Reidt, worked in close collaboration with Sally and Sandy. Thank you to Dewing Schmid Kearns Architects for bringing us to this project! We were delighted to work once again with J. W. Adams Construction.

A gem of a kitchen inspired by the homeowners and the history of this barn. Photo by Richard Mandelkorn.

A gem of a kitchen inspired by the homeowners and the history of this barn. Photo by Richard Mandelkorn.

Many thanks to our wonderfully gifted craftspeople and all the people we are so fortunate to work with! Special thanks to Maureen, our office manager (and fairy godmother) and Dan, our shop manager, who put our tour together; and to Dan's dad, Gordon, who drove one of the vans to take us on our field trip.

We'll be posting more stories with pictures about all these projects. Thank you for joining us on our tour!