Mystic Lake Overlook

Winchester, MA

This classic American foursquare home, built in 1880 overlooking Mystic Lake, just north of Boston, offered its new owners both quiet country living and easy city access. Mid-twentieth-century renovations left its interiors closed and convoluted, but a gut renovation opened them and modernized the house while maintaining its original spirit.

"Before we retained Patrick Ahearn Architect, we knew from their reputation and precedent projects that they offered only the highest quality design service. After working together and seeing their creativity transform an old home in a tricky location into a masterpiece by a lake, we have a whole new level of appreciation for what they have done and that we will spend the rest of our lives admiring."

- Homeowners

Expanded with two new wings, the house today contains airy spaces that seamlessly flow. The foyer, for example, now boasts clear views to the back of the house, a new covered porch, and the yard behind. It also features a restored, newly triple-height grand staircase with barley-twist millwork that reappears around the home.

"They hit nearly every item on each of our wish lists and added some remarkable showpiece—but smartly understated—features that take our breath away each night we return from work. This is clearly very special and why their firm has become what it is today."

- Homeowners

The central spine leads to a parlor, a library, a sitting room, and a study. At the rear, a farmhouse-style kitchen opens to a dining and living area and the covered porch. The master suite above features a beamed cathedral ceiling, while an inglenook serves as a private oasis. French doors throughout provide light and views.

The carriage house with views of Mystic Lake looks like a restored version of an existing one. Built of repurposed beams and barn siding, it includes a two-car garage and a rustic, wood-clad bar that leads to a bluestone patio with an outdoor kitchen and lake vistas. The bonus music and hangout space above opens through French doors to a Romeo and Juliet balcony.