3 Whittier Road, Marblehead
Size: 760 square feet
Prepare for an incredibly satisfying before-and-after: Architect David Berner took this Marblehead bungalow from a cramped, run-down home to a bright, contemporary single-family. In place of tired linoleum, solid hickory now adorns the floors throughout the 760-square-foot home. Instead of being a tight galley, the kitchen has been reimagined as a one-wall cookspace sporting glossy Mystic Spring granite counters, hardware-free cabinets with a matte finish, and open, natural wood shelving.
The one-bedroom, one-bath digs may be compact for a standalone home, but the designers cleverly created bonus spaces. Example: In the middle of the open-concept living and dining room, just next to the Jotul wood stove, a spiral staircase ascends to a loft. Flooded with sunshine from a skylight, the alcove would make an incredible art studio, yoga spot, or work-from-home zone.
As for access to the outdoors, just look around. The front-porch-facing wall has been punched out and replaced with a grid of windows, looking out at the evergreens sheltering the lawn. At the other end of the home, step through the door off the bedroom to reach the backyard patio lined with flower beds and stones. As fab as this bungalow’s rehab is, the best part is that it was built to last—from the classic lines, to the landscaping, to the Port Orford cedar chosen for its tendency to weather naturally, this home will only get better with time.
For information, Traci Howe, Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty, 3whittier.com.
Check out the pre-renovation photos…
And the afters…
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