Architect and builder Michael Graf enjoys a good steel staircase. Consider the monorail metal stair with chunky white oak treads that he created for the Jones household, who relocated north of Boston two decades ago. It serves numerous applications. Aesthetically, it is the home’s focal issue and echoes the building’s black home windows and the Eastern white pine cladding of the detached garage, which figures prominently in the watch. Functionally, it connects the major residing space to the key bedroom suite on the top rated stage as very well as to the bar and the adjacent entertaining areas on the decrease level. Architecturally, it is the organizing theory for the major floor’s open system. “The stair divides the space into distinct parts, driving how each individual one is utilized,” Graf claims.
The ethereal assertion staircase, which stands directly in front of the home’s cedar-lined entry, separates the dwelling area on the right from the kitchen area on the still left. That was a offered. But when it arrived time to develop the kitchen format, there were being a several factors up for debate. While the property has a official dining place, the family hoped to incorporate a everyday dining desk in the kitchen area. They also wanted an island. Interior designer Holly Gagne experienced really serious doubts that the room could help each.
Gagne felt that a little island — to match a desk the island would have to be little — would appear to be out of proportion in opposition to the large walls of cabinetry. Additional importantly, it would not enable for ample circulation paths. “With their busy life-style we felt a table and chairs future to an island with stools would really feel very cluttered,” Gagne states. Instead, she advocated for a person huge island with seating on two sides. The pair agreed. “We enjoy the huge island for prepping and cooking, and the four of us take in there all the time,” Kerry Jones says. “With COVID, we have utilized the dining area quite a little bit for distinctive loved ones dinners, way too.”
In buy to develop a sense of calm and combine the inside with its surroundings, Gagne chose components and hues that reflect all those Graf applied in the architecture. “Because there are so a lot of huge home windows and an open layout, you see a ton of various areas, both indoors and outside, no subject where by you are in the household,” she states. In the kitchen, flat black hardware punctuates crisp white cabinetry while the subway tiles’ contrasting black grout mirrors the sharp, black strains of the home windows and stair rails. The island’s grey quartz countertop ties to the frivolously-polished poured concrete ground of the lessen amount and the powder room’s concrete sink. There are also standout moments of earthy woods, which includes character-grade white oak floorboards. “The family arrived from a residence in Colorado with a ton of wood and rustic factors, so we needed to give them that heat below, but with a brighter, lighter, and more up to date really feel,” Gagne says.
For the reason that the Joneses enjoy to entertain — they experienced 125 attendees at their holiday occasion previous year, but these days they restrict gatherings to 6 all around the fireplace pit — connecting the most important amount with the entertaining spots on reduced degree and adjacent outdoor patio was crucial. The stairway’s spare layout and central placement, alongside with the cohesive hues and products, marry upstairs with down. The bar, found at the base of the stairs, options a stay edge waterfall top rated designed from two bookmatched slabs of previous expansion larch that Graf found at Timberdoodle Farm in Strafford, New Hampshire. “I learned this small noticed mill that specializes in domestically sourced trees,” he states. “These items have been milled from an city tree harvested in Dover, New Hampshire.”
At the conclude of the working day, the proprietors retreat to their third-flooring suite with its sunny, spa-like bathtub. A pair of white oak vanities topped with grey marble tie to the rustic exterior of the garage, which is visible from the windows over the soaking tub. A 50 %-wall gives privateness and a place for a constructed-in bench in the massive, walk-in steam shower. “Even although it’s tucked away upstairs, the palette is regular with the relaxation of the property, just a very little a lot more magnificent,” Gagne states. “Even here, there is an simple circulation and almost nothing to distract from the landscape.”
Architect and contractor: Michael Graf Architect + Builder, michaelgrafarchitect.com
Interior designer: Holly Gagne Interior Style, hollygagne.com
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