THE SCIENCE OF STYLE
Interior designer William Gregory joined the team renovating the six-story 1890 town house on Beacon Street in Boston's Back Bay with two basic instructions from the Rome-born homeowner: "It has to be Italian, and it has to be blue."
BEST OF BOSTON HOME 2016
While known for their custom kitchens, cabinetry, and millwork, Kochman Reidt + Haigh's artisans' ability to create unique custom has become a powerful weapon in local designers' arsenal.
Simply put, the original kitchen in this Newton home was dark and dysfunctional. ...The massive island was swapped for a skinnier, L-shaped counter, improving flow. A new walk-in pantry, open shelving, and custom cabinetry allow for plenty of storage with style to spare.
IIDA AWARD WINNER: HACIN + ASSOCIATES
Cities are clogged with hipsters trying to forget childhood in the burbs. But a pair of Boston executives, craving more space for their own young family, went in the opposite direction. Eduardo Serrate; Jennifer Clapp; Katelyn Miersma: Project Team.
An architect's focus on light transforms a property into a shining example for indoor/outdoor living. [KR+H's craftspeople made the kitchen cabinets as well as other cabinetry for rooms throughout the home.]
Architect Dell Mitchell and design firm Wells & Fox infuse an 1860s Boston Townhouse with 21-century pizzazz. [KR+H cabinetmakers made the kitchen.]
“When you see that front entry, you know you’re in store for something special,” says interior designer Sheldon Tager. He, as well as architect, Adolfo Perez, landscape designer Hank Gilpin, and builder Hans Schaefer, takes pride in the dramatic front entrance… [The entry’s interior staircase is by KR+H.]
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
“We used some rich materials, but by and large it’s one of the simpler spaces we’ve every done,” says [Paul] Reidt. [Anne] Fantozzi notes that while the room has a beautiful elegance, it’s very livable. “We don’t worry about Carrara marble counters or making a mess. All the kids like to cook. The other night, our 9-year-old made sloppy Joes and our 15-year-old made blueberry pie. It’s a wonderful space for all of us to be together.”
REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST
The usual kitchen recipe of multiple cabinets, for instance, was nixed. Instead the owners opted for a European farmhouse vibe, which translated to a pantry and a limited amount of beautiful cabinetry. Collaborating closely with the architects and owners, Reidt and Monkevich fashioned artful Gothic-influenced fronts for the island’s spice drawers.
BEST OF BOTH VIEWS
A wall-mounted console in the entry was custom-made by Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers in sapele, a lustrous African wood, with pomelle grain. [Console design: Architect Doreve Nicholaeff and KR+H’s Paul Reidt]