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Catherine Truman Architects

Q: What were your inspirations for this project, and how did they align with the homeowner’s goals?

Our client had owned a house on this site for 18 years before deciding to tear it down and build new. The decision to rebuild on the existing foundation meant we were challenged to work within a 30-by-30-foot footprint. The owner wanted a house with all first-floor living, so the ground floor contains a mudroom, kitchen, and living area, as well as a full master suite. The budget was tight, so design moves were simple but carried a big punch—the 18-foot ceiling in the living room belies the space’s relatively small footprint. A set of stairs are tucked into the center of the space leading to three bedrooms connected by a balcony overlook.

Q: Why do you love this project?

This four-season retreat is all about the view, and the streamlined interiors keep the scenery center stage. The simple palette of white, grey, and wood tones was inspired by a selection of leaves and birch bark collected on a hike through the property, and further connects the interior to the panoramic views beyond. In the kitchen, simple painted cabinetry is elevated with midcentury wood pulls; a window substitutes as a decorative backsplash. The TV is hidden behind a sliding panel in the bookcase, and the rustic hickory floor brings warmth to the simple décor.

Catherine Truman Architects
Cambridge, MA | 857-285-2500 | truman-architects.com


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