Chestnut Woods

Chestnut Woods

Weston, MA

Envisioning a new home and lifestyle in your old town can be both exciting and challenging. For this young family of five, the design of a classic New England shingle-style home on a private wooded lot was a strong departure from the center door colonial they left behind just one mile away.

The family wanted their new home to be more open, modern and expressive—a comfortable mix of livable, eclectic, and colorful, while still retaining elements of the family home they outgrew. The decision was made to use rustic and old world materials in a refined and sophisticated way so that materials such as bronze, antiqued oak, and blue stone would be approachable but also unexpected. Balancing durability with the casual sophisticated style the homeowners were looking to express was key. After much discussion between the architecture and interior design teams, as well as the client, it was decided that private rooms would be smaller, encouraging the family to congregate in the larger open spaces rather than retreating to private oversized suites. The main public living areas of the house would be light-filled and spacious. Accomplishing this required a cohesive, yet diverse selection of materials and styles. The two main stairways in the house were designed to flood the house with natural light, punctuating the sculptural quality of their construction. Large windows across the back of the house are a nod to the modern and a provide a direct connection to the New England landscape.


Architect: LDa Architecture & Interiors

Interior Design: LDa Architecture & Interiors

Builder: Youngblood Builders

Landscape Architect: SiteCreative Landscape Architecture

Millwork: Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers

Custom Furniture: Piper Woodworking

Photographer: Greg Premru Photography

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