Winter Pond

Winter Pond

Winchester, MA

In “the Flats” neighborhood of Winchester, LDa was enlisted to help a young family transition from city life in Boston’s Back Bay to a turn-of-the-century shingle-style home with tons of potential. Last updated in the 50s, the home had great bones and unique period details that the owners fell in love with.  The final scope of the renovations would preserve the home’s structure and character, add needed square footage and reconceive an awkward addition, while injecting a healthy dose of comfort and beauty to inspire modern family living. 

The home’s exterior character was historically detailed, but in need of major attention. All new roofing, siding, trim, windows and insulation update the thermal envelope while preserving the unique charm of the gambrel roof volumes, built-up trim and cornices and decorative stair window bay. A new attached 2-car garage and connected mudroom echo the gambrel roof form to blend seamlessly with the existing house. 

Inside, the first floor was expanded into the rear yard to create a new open-plan kitchen, family room and breakfast area with a better connection to the basement play space and new mudroom. A “3-season” sunroom was rebuilt into true interior space, housing an office adjacent to the formal living room. On the second floor, a master suite was created from an existing smaller bedroom and a new master bath was placed atop the first floor addition. A new open stair connecting the second floor to the third floor lounge area completes the structural changes. Additionally, the entire house was refreshed with historically-inspired molding, trim and detailing. Whenever possible, historic features were preserved or reused (such as the leaded glass window in the breakfast area), uniting the home’s new life with a celebration of its past. 


Architect: LDa Architecture & Interiors

Interior Design: Thread By Lindsay Bentis

Builder: Great Woods Post & Beam Company, Inc.

Photographer: Greg Premru

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