The renovation of an early 1700s Andover home (originally a tavern that once hosted George Washington) is featured in the spring issue of Northshore Home magazine. While boasting some incredible period details, the house was saddled with some major structural faults preventing it from becoming a great family home for modern use. Besides having a tiny kitchen, no mudroom or family room, the house also suffered from ice dams, leaky windows and poor drains. Oh, and like so many old New England structures, there wasn’t a straight wall, ceiling, or floor in sight.
Mark Ratte of Ratte Construction, Sally DeGan of SpaceCraft Architecture, and Deborah Farrand of Dressing Rooms Interior Design collaborated on the large-scale overhaul under the watchful eye of historian Jane Griswold to make sure their work complied with the local Historic District Commission. New walls, ceilings, and floors were constructed within the warped frames. The connected barn was “rededicated” to become the family room with suspended posts and beams. DeGan then designed a spacious, connected kitchen to create an open floor plan for the family’s primary living area.
Reclaimed materials add powerful accents throughout the home. The antique wood range hood, for instance, was constructed from materials once found in the barn’s outhouse. Upstairs, the team left much of the floor plan in place, but transformed an unused back stairwell into a luxurious master bath and closet. The finished product won not only a preservation award from the town, but also the admiration of the homeowners: the blending of historic character and modern function is something “we never could have dreamed of.”
SpaceCraft Wins Best of Houzz 2016 Award
January 25, 2016
SpaceCraft Architecture of Lexington, Massachusetts has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The designer of distinctive homes and country houses across New England for over 15 years was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
“Houzz has become the go-to tool for homeowners looking to transform their living spaces,” said Sally DeGan, principal of SpaceCraft. “In the past, clients would come to us with a stack of pages torn from design magazines to show us what they were thinking. With Houzz, they simply share their Ideabooks, allowing us to quickly and easily collaborate to define the project direction. We are thrilled to be recognized by the Houzz community with this award.”
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“French Flair on Lake Cochichewick”
May 19, 2015
“French Flair on Lake Cochichewick,” the cover story of the Spring 2015 issue of Merrimack Valley Home magazine, covers the SpaceCraft-designed renovation of an historic house in North Andover. The year-long project involved gutting the structure and completely reconfiguring the living spaces to accommodate an active family of two working parents and their five boys.
The design directives were two-fold: (1) function first; and (2) take advantage of the spectacular views of the lake right outside. The dark, confined kitchen was transformed into a bright, airy family hub with abundant cooking space and plenty of seating. To keep sports gear and other clutter out of the flow, the original den of the house was converted into a large mudroom with radiant heat floors, custom built-ins, and lots of storage. And the open-concept, L-shaped floor plan, complete with “help-yourself” bar tucked into a nook of the living room, was designed for the family’s frequent entertaining.
SpaceCraft Featured in Design New England
October 28, 2014
A SpaceCraft-designed kitchen was recently profiled in the September/October issue of Design New England. The project called for the transformation of an historic Colonial to fit the “simple and sleek”' aesthetics of a Scandinavian family moving to the U.S. The challenge was to retain the vintage charm of the house while introducing a more modern touch and functional layout. We recommended the contemporary fixtures and dining table to add contrast and utility to the traditional windows, cabinetry, and beamed ceiling.
To read the story, click here.
Sally to Speak at Fall Salon Series
September 17, 2014
SpaceCraft principal Sally DeGan will be one of three featured panel speakers at Design New England’s Fall Salon Series. The theme for the event is “Traditional to Modern: Making New England Home Styles Work for You.” The event will take place at Trefler’s in Newton, MA on September 30 from 5:30 to 8:00pm. The event is free and those interested in attending can register here.
SpaceCraft to Return to “This Old House”®
September 10, 2014
Culminating a painstaking, five-month process, “This Old House” recently “wrapped” filming on the renovation of Charlestown home. Sally DeGan and SpaceCraft again worked with builder Tom Silva and the whole “This Old House” crew to restore and invigorate a centuries-old structure in a quaint (and tight) urban setting. The series will begin airing on PBS and WGBH in February, 2015. For those wanting to see the home in person, it will be included in The Charlestown Preservation Society’s 2014 Historic House Tour on Saturday, September 20.
Watch Sally on “This Old House”®
SpaceCraft Architecture worked with builder Tom Silva on the renovation of an Essex, MA cottage that is being featured on the 33rd season of “This Old House.” The 1,300-sq.-ft. cottage was originally built in 1935 for Irene Hammond, wife of prolific inventor John Hammond. She used the cottage as a retreat from their main residence, Hammond Castle, in West Gloucester.
The Essex project encompasses 11 episodes, airing on PBS and WGBH.
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SpaceCraft Wins Historic Preservation Award
May 29, 2013
An Andover, MA house designed by SpaceCraft Architecture and built by Ratté Construction has been given an Historic Preservation Award. Presented by the Town of Andover’s Preservation Commission, the Andover Historical Society, and the Ballardvale Historic District Commission, the award recognizes those “who have made significant contributions to preserving the historic and scenic character of our community.” The awards are presented annually in a public ceremony to coincide with National Preservation Month.
This is the second Historic Preservation Award for SpaceCraft and Ratté Construction. They also received the award in 2011 for another Andover residence.