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Geodesic dome gets inspiring mid-century renovation in Massachusetts

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Constructed in the 1980s, this geodesic dome has undergone an extensive renovation by Jess Cooney Interiors in collaboration with 377 Builders. Nestled on Lake Seneca in Becket, Massachusetts, this mid-century dwelling is perched on a peninsula with water on all three sides. This home is one of renowned 20th century inventor and visionary R. Buckminster Fuller’s original geodesic dome houses.

The house had problems with layouts, electrical and heating elements and had dark wood paneling throughout with wall-to-wall carpeting. A full-scale remodel was completed on the entire dwelling, redesigning the master loft area and basement rooms, as well as a complete overhaul of the kitchen, where a pantry and three quarter bath were added.

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Usable space was added in the mudroom, master loft, walk-in closet, kitchen, and pantry areas, along with a balance of open space for family gatherings and space for friends and family to come, stay, and be a little tucked away.

Above: In the mudroom, custom bamboo cabinetry offers clean lines and minimal detailing. In lieu of a traditional cabinet pull are open holes. 

Above: This bathroom is located just off the mudroom, featuring a floating wood vanity top and concrete vessel sink. Blue linen wall tile mixed with large format porcelain wall tile.

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Above: In the shower is a combination of linen tile in the niche, porcelain wall tile and penny round tile on the floor. The chrome finish fixtures are from California Faucets.

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This unique dwelling went from dated and drab to bright and serene, taking careful chances with color and unexpected materials while maintaining a quiet backdrop that enables the innate character of the space to shine.

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What We Love: This architectural masterpiece offers a refreshed interior layout with bright and airy living spaces. Large windows frame tranquil views of the lake while flooding the spaces with natural light. Mid-century styling throughout the interior offers clean lines and stylish details. Overall we are loving the design of this home, it offers a different style of living that would be fabulous for a retreat… or to rent as an Airbnb!

Tell Us: What do you think of the design of this home? Would you feel right at home living in a geodesic dome? Tell us why or why not in the Comments below, we love reading your feedback!

Note: Have a look at another home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the interior designer of this project, Jess Cooney Interiors: Tour this ultra-dreamy farmhouse loaded with warmth in the Berkshires.

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Above: In the kitchen, custom cabinetry is a mix of blue and bamboo. Handles are cut out of a flat-front cabinet doors. Countertops and backsplash are Quartz. The faucet is from Waterstone.

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Above: A casual breakfast nook is just off the kitchen.

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Above: In the dining room, the table and bench as custom fabricated, while the leather chairs are vintage. Illuminating the table is a fixture sourced from Hubbardton Forge.

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Above: The fireplace is composed of limestone. An oak mantel beautifully complements the hardwood flooring throughout.

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Above: The lofted master bedroom overlooks the living space below, connected via a spiral staircase. The platform bed is flanked by teak nightstands.

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Above: The lofted master bedroom features built-in niches in the wall for additional storage.

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Above: The master bathroom dual-vanity features a concrete-like quartz countertop and backsplash.

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Above: The master bathroom shower features a touch of drama with its green subway tiles and brass fixtures.

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Above: The basement level of this home was completely transformed to include a home office, with custom built-ins that flow with the style of the rest of the interiors.

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Above: The guest bedroom was designed to be simple and restrained.

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Above: In the basement, the bathroom features a custom vanity with quartz countertops. The wall sconces are from Restoration Hardware, while the plumbing fixtures are sourced from California Faucets.

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Above: In this guest bathroom, Swiss Cross tile in Teal from Ann Sacks adds a pop of pattern and color.

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Above: A light drenched basement living space features a custom designed dry bar and lakeside views.

Photos: Courtesy of Jess Cooney Interiors

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Eaglegreen
14 days ago

Beautiful interior but a home design that does little to respect the amazing 3 sided water views afforded to this site. Even in this article the author had to photograph in multiple directions thru the same tiny triangular window to maximize the water views. It is always a shame to waste the greatest asset of such a wonderful building site!