Weston House

Weston, Massachusetts
Location
  • Weston, Massachusetts
  • Year
  • 2008
  • This project page was created by community member Ruhl Walker Architects

    Having resided in this house nearly 30 years, the owners found its layout lacking functionality and its highly stylized decor and finishes dated. With an eye towards possibly selling the house, they enlisted Ruhl Walker Architects to conceive a more open, functionally casual floor plan, a warmer, more soothing palette of materials and a more welcoming entry.

    The project revolved around modifying a confusing entry sequence and completely reworking a large kitchen as the new de facto ‘living room’, as it has become in so many households. Ceilings were opened, structure reconfigured, and ductwork moved to create a series of open spaces, each with defined functions, with the kitchen at the center of all activities.

    The kitchen was designed to connect and visually organize the adjacent sitting dining, living, and family rooms, allowing each to maintain a distinct identity while also allowing them to function as an informal and inviting series of spaces. A large kitchen island creates an efficient layout to organize the activities of one or several cooks; all cooking and clean-up activities occur in a single well-organized line, with multiple workstations and all associated appliances and storage within arms length. An integrated dark oak plank table creates a casual dining option while encouraging people to linger in the kitchen before or after mealtimes. The design favors tall pantry-style cabinets instead of upper cabinets, which provide abundant storage while preserving open sightlines.

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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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