The Remaking of a Queen Anne in Boston


A thorough overhaul with soothing hues and modern-day touches celebrates this home’s Victorian roots

These longtime condo owners were looking for a single-family home in which to raise their two young children, and stumbled upon this Queen Anne in a suburb of Boston. While the home offered ample space for their growing family, much of its architectural charm had been stripped away during previous remodels.

This extensive and sensitive renovation was also chronicled in the 36th season of the This Old House TV show. Now, it shows off the home’s Victorian roots, infused with some contemporary design elements for a fresh and elegant look.

Click HERE to read the full story…

Victorian Dining Room Keeps It Formal Yet Fresh

A Queen Anne home gets a renovated dining room with traditional detailing and loads of charm

This Queen Anne home certainly hadn’t been treated like a queen. A series of bad renovations had stripped away her beauty and left her looking washed-out. After a thorough renovation, she’s regained some of her stateliness, especially in the dramatic dining room, which respects the home’s Victorian architecture while feeling fresh and updated.

A 2015 special project featured on This Old House TV called the “Belmont Victorian”, read the full story on the dining room transformation HERE.


The Johnson-Thompson House: A 300-Year-Old Home Adapts to a Modern Family of Seven

Johnson-Thompson House

via Cummings Architects

Living in the oldest home in Winchester, Massachusetts sure has its charms. But with a blended family of seven, Craig and Kate Carswell knew the charm of a 1750 home wasn’t going to sustain their lifestyle for long.

As the home had only one full bathroom, their kids would often run to the barn in the mornings and use the outdoor shower to make it to school on time. “I’m sure our neighbors saw lots of naked boys in towels running across the backyard,” Kate says. On top of maintenance and upgrades, the Carswells desperately needed more room. Click HERE to read more about this beautifully executed, historically sensitive renovation of the Johnson-Thompson House.