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2012 WINNERS
Donald Giambastiani
Donald Giambastiani
Solomon+Bauer+Giambastiani Architects Inc.
Watertown, Massachusetts
Family Retreat
Tyringham, Massachusetts
Stunning wetlands, family escape.

Located in the valley of a remotely forested 500-acre site, this family retreat renovation retained the rustic character of the house and backdrop, which includes the remnants of a 19th century barn structure, while integrating additional spaces and improving the quality and comfort of the residence.

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Inspired by the site’s natural features, local stone, cedar shingles and standing seam metal roofs lend a “village” feel to the new compound. The building elements resemble a typical evolving New England farmhouse expansion. Steep rolling hills, a flowing brook, and a dam and pond were maintained and seamlessly incorporated in the new development.
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To enhance views and green space, the existing driveway was rerouted, with retaining walls built with large boulders from the site.
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Marvin windows had the perfect scale and detail needed to complement the design and work with the existing natural building materials. The black clad exteriors were a perfect addition to the fieldstone, cedar shingles and standing seam metal roofs, while the interior Douglas fir highlighted the interior space.
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