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Mid-Century modern home in New England with a nature backdrop

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Flavin Architects was responsible for the renovation of this mid-century modern home located in Weston, a town just west of Boston, Massachusetts. This home was originally designed in 1958 by the great New England modernist, Henry Hoover. The architect constructed his own modern home in Lincoln in 1937, so by the time this home was built, he had matured as an architect. The year prior, German architect Walter Gropius had built his own world famous home just a few miles away, called the Gropius House (the 68 Baker Bridge Road residence is now a historic house museum).

Architect Henry Hoover sensitively adapted this home to the land, incorporating the clients wish to recreate the indoor-outdoor vibe of their previous home in Hawaii. Beautifully nestled into the site, the slope of the roof perfectly mimics the natural slope of the land. The levels of this house gently step down the hillside, avoiding the granite ledge below. The entry stairs also follows the natural grade, leading to the entry hall, which on on a mid-level between the upper main living spaces and the bedrooms below. The living spaces feature a south- facing shed roof, drawing the sun deep into the interior of the home.

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For this renovation project, Flavin Architects worked closely with the homeowner and general contractor. They freshened up the house by adding radiant heat under the new purple/green natural cleft slate floor. The original interior and exterior Douglas fir walls were stripped and refinished.

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What We Love: This mid-century modern home is a beautiful example of a house transforming and adapting to its surrounding landscape. We are loving how luminous the interiors are, with large windows that seamlessly connects the indoors with the outdoors. Overall the architects did a fabulous job of renovating this home and giving it new life… Readers, what do you think of the re-design of this mid-century home? Please share your thoughts in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other projects we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of Flavin Architects: A Vermont mountain getaway nestled into a heavily wooded site and Modern New England dwelling overlooking a blueberry farm.

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Above: In the kitchen, the countertop to the left is soapstone. The cabinets are custom made Douglas Fir veneer.

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Photos: Nat Rea Photography

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