Beacon Hill House

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This 19th century house – five floors each barely more than 500 sf – had been treated rather roughly over the past nearly 200 years. What modest original detail that remained – marble fireplace surrounds, simple crown mouldings and window casings – was preserved, but the owners embraced a clean and confident aesthetic for new a new kitchen, bathrooms, a media room, a master suite, and furnishings throughout. Architecturally, enclosed rooms were retained for bedrooms and studies, while walls were freely removed elsewhere to create an open kitchen / lounge on the entry level, and an airy, white and gray retreat of a master bedroom at the top floor. In between, wood floors were dyed a bold black, while damaged and dowdy stair rails were refreshed with high-gloss paint and an bold carpet pattern. This backdrop hosts a sophisticated mixture of modern and vintage furniture and artwork. Old and new surprise each other in unexpected pairings – walnut veneer suitable for a downtown law firm is deployed on sleek, handle-less kitchen cabinets, and a sculptural foot playfully kicks off an introduction to the otherwise formally arranged parlor-level living and dining rooms. The overall effect is both calm and energizing; the perfect sense of home in the city. Photography: Eric Roth Photography

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Ruhl Walker Architects For over 20 years we have committed ourselves to creating architecture of all types and sizes for clients not only throughout New England but as far afield as Hawai’i and St. Croix in the USVI. Natural materials, expressive forms, and meticulous attention to light and views have been at the core of our practice and are manifest in our projects regardless of their context. Common to our design process is a commitment to clear and open communication, the careful management of resources, and a fundamental belief that innovative and coherent design is a joyous and essential component of the human experience. With each project we strive to demonstrate that inventive and elegant design is achievable, even within strict economic parameters, by respectfully listening and responding to the client’s needs and desires, thoroughly understanding the nature of materials and methods of construction, and carefully managing the design and construction processes. As part of our client-focused process we use a diverse set of design tools custom tailored to each client − from simple hand sketches to elaborate computer animations and rendered models − to ensure the spatial quality and experience of each project is thoroughly understood throughout the design process. Initiating a construction project can be a daunting prospect, but we pride ourselves on being there for our clients at every step of the way, from helping to identify goals at the beginning of the project, to turning over the keys at the end of construction. We look forward to bringing the joy and excitement of innovative and coherent modern design to your project.
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