Options & Vision Review
We’ll talk together to understand your program objectives and your vision for a home you’ll love. With specific information regarding the site and an understanding of both your design and budget goals, we can provide preliminary recommendations that will help to clarify the design possibilities before design begins.
For over 30 years, Nashawtuc Architects has helped families design and build a home that they love that is connected to the land it will occupy. Creating an easy relationship between the house, it’s occupants and it’s setting is our goal, and it requires careful attention to the needs of all three.
Our clients live in houses that range in age from the 17th to the 21st centuries that need renovations that are consistent with the changing times and technologies. There is joy in finding that sweet spot that respects and maintains the best qualities of the existing home while updating it to reflect the needs of a modern family.
Historic District Commissions mandate ensures that changes to the homes within its purview meet their designated criteria. The design phases of these projects typically move forward step-by-step, requiring careful HDC oversight on their path to a building permit. Nashawtuc Architects has developed specific expertise in accommodating the wishes of many local HDC’s while successfully implementing the hoped-for programs of the homeowners.
Thoughtful master planning can help clients identify their needs and formulate their priorities through programming exercises and budgetary discussions. Should I renovate my home or move instead? Should I implement a renovation in phases or all at once? What should I consider while designing this current renovation that will enable me to age-in-place in the future?
Adaptations to a home that improve comfort and safety can simplify the lives of its residents and be beautiful, too.
With mudrooms and exercise areas, a home office is now on the list of spaces that were once considered an amenity and is now a necessity.
A building whose structure is provided by heavy timbers has a special character unique to its construction and requires collaboration between the architect and the fabricator. There are multiple timber frame projects in the Nashawtuc portfolio which their owners requested for different reasons but always with the expectation of enjoying the robust quality of its interior.
Nashawtuc has applied its residential design skill set to other project types including the Concord Visitors Center, Open Table, and Filho’s Cucina. Success requires an attractive appearance and seamless function to meet the objectives of the individual enterprise. Thoughtful and deliberate planning along with respect for the context of each project are the key elements.
Recent zoning changes have made it possible to add a small second dwelling unit on many single-family properties. Where allowed, these units can provide a residence for family members or for rental.