Chestnut Street Renovation

Newton/Waban, MA

Multiple additions turned the interiors of this 1930s whitewashed-brick Colonial into a disjointed rabbit warren of rooms, with no opportunities for indoor-outdoor living. The project’s goal was to reorient the inside spaces and open the house up, while also enhancing its classic character and timeless style.

The renovation created a central spine connecting the entrance and formal living spaces in the home’s front with the primary gathering areas at the rear. The original living room became a dining room, allowing for the innovation of a gallery-like spine that now leads from the foyer to a new living room wing.

To make room for enticing alfresco-living areas, the driveway was relocated and the garage doors moved to the rear of the carriage-house wing. French doors in the entirely reconceived kitchen and the new living room now lead to a patio, opening the back of the house up and encouraging outdoor entertaining.