Boston’s brownstones are some of the most charming in the nation. With everlasting Victorian charm, the brownstone’s lining the streets of our fine city exude elegance from every angle. While the exteriors are largely the same, the interiors are getting an upgrade as homeowners seek to take remodeling in Boston to new levels.
The interiors of brownstones tend to be closed off and claustrophobic. Designed at a time when function was more important than form, many people are opting to knock down walls and open them up. The results of these remodels are remarkable and one of the most successful has been the remodel completed by Tanya Capaldo and Tom Caracciolo.
They were able to take a 2,000 square foot brownstone located in the South End of Boston and bring it into the modern era while still maintaining the charm of the past. Indeed, they have maintained a perfect balance between multiple eras.
Starting with the floors, they installed stained white oak flooring in a herringbone pattern. This choice pays homage to the history of the home while providing a stunning visual element for guests to marvel. They have also chosen to keep the stained glass window treatments. Thus, from top to bottom, the “old” provides a frame for the “new” to be sandwiched between. This is further enhanced by the slightly gray walls which provide a neutral tone that is highlighted by the colorful artwork and deep hues of the mid-century modern furniture placed throughout the rooms.
Another attractive touch they chose to include were highly detailed millwork around the fireplace and the arch separating the sitting room and the dining room. The half-archway is located where a wall once stood and ties the structure together while opening the room up.
In the kitchen, they have chosen to use open and mirrored cabinetry/shelving coupled with modern appliances, white tile, and an industrial oven. The result is a modern kitchen that creates a harmonious balance between form and function.
Remodeling in Boston is a wonderful way to take a property that’s “close” but not quite there to new levels. The Gollinger Team of Coldwell Banker can help you find a property that would provide a good foundation for your design dreams. We invite you to contact us at 617-266-4430 to start the process of finding the property that’s ideal for your needs.