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Northshore Home Summer 2018

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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86 intact. "The renovation would be knitting together the entire house for a family." The work schedule was meticulously planned to allow Perryman and her children to live in the house while much of the work was going on. MacNeille de- vised a three-phase renovation that began on the third floor and progressed downward. It was an interesting challenge for the team, including the in-house cabinet- makers from Carpenter & MacNeille Woodworking and interior designer Anne Alberts, ASID—especially since a home's entrance and ground floor typically set the tone. Today the house has landed squarely at the juncture of high style, history, and function. On the main floor, elegant rooms flow one to another, light spilling in to showcase tall ceilings, beautiful handworked trim, and the original grand staircase. With third-floor children's suites, a roomy second-floor master suite, and a family- The third-floor children's suites and a roomy second-floor master suite are connected by a new staircase. The interior color scheme— neutral walls, warm white trim, and a sprinkling of design touches in aubergine (Perryman's favorite color)—allows the architecture to shine. oriented basement level with a glass-fronted wine cellar and a movie and game room, there is plenty of space for Perryman and her children, as well as her husband, or- thopedic surgeon Jay Perryman, and his two daughters. Another much-loved family space is a new fitness room above the three-car garage. Perryman, MacNeille, and the rest of the team were on the same page about preserving the integrity of the house, especially the first-floor main rooms. The kitchen and den area was another matter, with everyone agree- ing the space desperately needed more functionality and modernity. "There were still vestiges of the original 1900s-era home," MacNeille says, "including the original pantry, third-floor staff quarters and luggage room, basement laundry, and, connecting them all, a secondary top-to- bottom stair that ran right through the kitchen." The solution was to remove the entire secondary stair and install a new stair from the kitchen to the basement, which tucked neatly below the grand stair, and a new stair between the second and third floors that is located directly adjacent to the grand stair. This stair was designed to elegantly include the third-floor living quarters with the second- and first-floor spaces. With that, he says, "the vertical circulation of the house was brought together in one central location with the original grand stair as the centerpiece." Interior designer Alberts focused on maintaining the architect's vision of a seamless integration between new and old. "The interiors were an extension of that," she says, and this included combining a few antique pieces with new upholstered pieces. The result is sophis- ticated but highly livable. The interior color scheme—neutral walls, warm white trim, and a sprinkling of design touches in auber- gine (Perryman's favorite color)—allows the architec- ture to shine. "A few rounds of color studies proved that the light, and darkness, changes drastically through-

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