A teardown renovation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, comes with a mandate for maximum efficiency. The architects designed a "bridge" that houses the bedrooms and spans the main living area and the garage, a visual nod to New England’s signature covered bridges.
Beat Schenk and Chaewon Kim, a married pair who founded the design group Uni with two friends, Ted Ngai and A.C. Fernandez, inhabit their biggest project in a perpetual state of what Kim calls “renovation mania.” They bought a tiny 700-square-foot, two-story house in 2001 and finished renovating it last year. Here on the second floor, Uni exposed the ceiling beams, formerly concealed by drywall.
Designer Jens Risom returns to his 1967 prefab off the coast of Rhode Island, readying it for his family's next generation. On the north-facing facade, glass doors originally used to open directly to the deck. In spring of 2012, Block Island contractor John Spier replaced the entire wall of glass panels due to the area's gusty winds.
When Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, principals of Butz + Klug Architecture, began renovating the master bathroom of a nearly 120-year-old home in Brookline, Massachusetts, they made “all sorts of horrible discoveries,” Klug recalls. The floors were completely rotted, the structural elements had been compromised by previous plumbing jobs, and prior remodels had left the room in pieces. “The most challenging part,” Klug says, “was to achieve a level of simplicity that belies the complexity of the process.”
Boston's rich history is potently infused into its dense, bustling neighborhoods, where the same brick walls that once contained cobbler shops now house Internet startups. Susan Battista and Fritz Klaetke renovated a South End row house to function as a live/work space, setting up their businesses on the ground floor.