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Northshore Home Fall 2018

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

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92 1992, Steve and Susan Howell built their house on a quiet 2-acre lot in Boxford. First, they constructed the garage, and then they assembled the frame for the house inside the garage and held an old-fashioned timber frame–rais- ing with friends and family, erecting the bones of the 2,600-square-foot structure in one day. Susan remem- bers she was pregnant with her daughter, Olivia, now 25, and that a few years later she and Steve welcomed a son, Jake, now 22. They loved the house, but when Jake went to college four years ago, Steve and Susan, whose Howell Custom Building Group is in Lawrence, took a closer look at their kitchen. Other than some appliance upgrades, it hadn't been touched since they built the house, and it needed to flow better with the spaces around it. "We thought this could be a great place to live for the next stage of our life," says Susan, "but our needs have changed. We wanted to create a more stylish space with an improved layout for hosting our adult children and our friends." "It was time to do it," says Steve. "Our kids had grown up and moved to their own apartments. We felt the renovation would help invigorate the home for the two Above, The Howells built the 2,600-square-foot Boxford home in 1992. Top and far right, The kitchen was transformed into a bright functional space.

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