This website serves as a digital portofolio of the work of BEAUCHER & LEA architecture LLC through 2011, when our firm was formally closed. Many thanks and best wishes to all of our clients and colleages with whom we collaborated through the years!
- Steven Beaucher, Katharine Lea & James Bruneau

Most Recent Work (Prior to the closure of our firm in 2011)

Back Bay Roof Deck - Boston, MA

BEAUCHER & LEA is provided full design services as well as guidance with the complex and lengthy permitting and regulatory review required for a new roof deck in a historic neighborhood. The new deck is integrated into a existing penthouse condominium in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.

 

Single Family Residence - Andover, MA

Working with a family that lost their home due to a devastating fire, BEAUCHER & LEA architecture provided a new vision for a reconstructed $1.2M home to replace the old. The new residence provides carefully considered, open spaces with increased access to light and view as well as a high level of contemporary detail, replacing the traditional enclosed rooms of the original developer home. The new residence features a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, casual and formal living spaces, a billiards area, a custom sculptural stair leading to elaborate master and sub-master suites including an in-home gym and wine cellar as well as a 5 car garage. The new spaces and materials are tailored to the specific needs and aesthetics of the homeowners with specific attention paid to rectifying the inadequacies of the former spec house that was damaged by the fire.


Above: Design model rendering


Above: Construction photo - Windows installed; siding & trim complete


Suite for Two Musicians - Brighton, MA

The project involved creating new spaces by dormering out an existing finished attic. New home office, practice, sleep and play spaces were created for two musicians and their family. A new master suite, his and her offices, children's play areas, deck and storage areas all configured with an open loft-like plan. A new roof deck offers views of the the city.

Above/Below: Studies of his and her home office spaces

 

Revival of a Greek Revival - Cambridge, MA
A new homeowner commissioned BEAUCHER & LEA architecture to create a master plan for the aesthetic and functional modernization of a late 19th century Greek Revival cottage in Central Square, Cambridge. The project involved the reconfiguration of the interior to incorporate a new master suite, bathrooms and renovated kitchen while restoring the exterior to its period grandeur using historical accurate details and materials. Phase one, the exterior, is now complete. Beaucher & Lea continues to work with the homeowner on future phases.

 
Before   After



Central Square Residence
- Cambridge, MA
B&L worked with the owner of a two-family residence to generate plans of schematic design option. The owner engaged B&L to strategize improvements of the functionality and aesthetics of existing spaces.



Single Family Second Floor Replacement - Boxford, MA
Beaucher & Lea is working with repeat clients to provide designs and permit drawings to facilitate the replacement of the second floor their existing two story home which was severely damaged in a late winter storm. Opportunity is being taken to rethink and improve the configurations and quality of spaces on the second floor. The program includes two bedrooms, playroom, office as well as the gut renovation of two full bathrooms.



Updating a Victorian in Jamaica Plain - Boston, MA
A vintage late 19th century Victorian home in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston needed updating. The existing 19th century kitchen and bathrooms were gutted to the studs and replaced with victorian inspired cabinets and fixtures including paneled cabinets and an apron sink. A new master suite and new bathrooms were added within the existing envelope. The design of the master bathroom reflects the modern aesthetics of the homeowner with double vessel sinks, Rosewood and tile flooring, modern fixtures and custom, frameless glass shower enclosure. Custom fabricated in Oregon out of Port Orford Cedar, an ofuro (Japanese soaking tub) was also integrated into the master bathroom. The existing character of the home was respected with the exterior being repainted and restored as new and modern spaces were added within to meet the needs of the new homeowners.




Union Park Kitchen & Bathrooms
- Boston, MA
BEAUCHER & LEA architecture provided designs to upgrade a triplex condominium in an historic brick bow front townhouse in Boston's South End. The project included the total gut-renovation of a dated 1980s kitchen, renovation of one full bathroom, the addition of one full and one half bathroom and rethinking various living spaces throughout the three-level unit.




Back Bay Penthouse
- Boston, MA
A couple relocating from Manhattan to Boston retained BEAUCHER & LEA architecture to totally rethink their duplex penthouse condominium. Located in Boston's prestigious Back Back neighborhood, the project included total replacement of the existing roof deck and failed roof, gut-renovating two existing bathrooms and the kitchen, adding a new half bathroom and new mechanical and electrical systems. The existing and very outdated 80s style interiors were entirely replaced with a rich palette of materials and Zen quality inspired by the client's Asian heritage.




Whole House Reconstruction
- Cambridge, MA




Cambridge Garden Retreat - Cambridge, MA
BEAUCHER & LEA architecture has been retained to provide designs to transform a compact backyard into an intimate family retreat. Designs include elegant stone walls, wood enclosures and paving patterns that will articulate a myriad of functions in a small area. Functions include raised planting beds with southern exposure, flat areas for dining and a kiddie pool, as well as covered enclosures for bicycles and trash receptacles. Alterations will be made to the rear of the house including the addition of a new mud room with fully glazed doors and new windows to create visual and direct connections between the home and new garden. The clients are repeat collaborators with BEAUCHER & LEA architecture, having retained the firm to previously design the total renovation of their home.




Enhancement of a Classic Cape
- Arlington, MA
BEAUCHER & LEA architecture is collaborating with the homeowners of an early 20th century residence in Arlington to replace and expand the existing out dated kitchen, add a new mud room and improve the efficiencies of the existing storage spaces throughout the house. As well a new master suite and exterior deck and landscaping will be integrated as part of the project.




North Cambridge Condo Conversions - Cambridge, MA
Working with the owner/developer, BEAUCHER & LEA provided designs for the gut-renovation and conversion to condominiums of an existing century-old duplex residence. BEAUCHER & LEA also provided architectural condominium plans for the developer's use in converting the property into condominiums.

 

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