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Phasing a project to bring a condo to its full potential

The first phase including pursuing a zoning variance to remove a dilapidated second floor porch and mudroom and replace it with a covered porch. This not only gave us a chance to fix some lingering roof leak issues for the unit below, it also allowed us to create a dramatic outdoor living space for relaxing and entertaining.

The second phase of the project includes a new primary suite and full kitchen renovation, as well as the addition of a half bath and laundry room. When we began, the kitchen was virtually unusable owing to so many doors and criss-crossing paths of circulation, and the view toward the beautiful new deck was obscured by a dark bathroom. We moved the bathroom and partially removed a bearing wall to open the whole entertaining space to the new deck, creating views through to the backyard all the way through the apartment. We created a true cook-entertainer kitchen, with distinct, yet overlapping, areas for cooking, hanging out, grilling prep, coffee/tea, and a modified butler's pantry. Normally, we advise against adding more doors to a space, but in this case, careful management of the circulation paths meant that it worked out!

Inspired by our client's love of sailing and sharp eye for detail, we collaborated closely with him to find fun, practical, and beautiful ways to make the space uniquely his.

I’ve worked with the team at Runcible across multiple renovations on my home in Cambridge and I cannot recommend them highly enough.  Marilyn and team invested the time to deeply understand my objectives, concerns, lifestyle, and aesthetic – this design process yielded a highly functional and modern layout that feels natural in a 100+ year old home.  Beyond the drawings, what really set Runcible apart was the spirit of partnership that I felt throughout each stage of the project.  Throughout the ups and downs, I knew that I had a trustworthy, reliable, and insightful advisor that I could depend on.  The house looks absolutely incredible, and I couldn’t have done it without Runcible! 

- Kirkland Street Client

Photos: Kyle Caldwell
Custom vanity: Drew Palmore

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