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Custom Home for a Physician
Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Steven Beaucher designed and oversaw construction for this new 4,300sf residence providing a physician and family with tailored living spaces and inspirational architecture articulated for their lifestyle. Steven Beaucher provided full architectural design services including: advising during a complex town permitting and land subdivision process; the production of a complete set of detailed construction drawings; the selection of all fixtures and finishes in consultation with the homeowners; and coordination and resolution of construction issues during construction.


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Letter From The Architect

I have been asked to write a few words about the architecture of the residence at 9 Talbot Lane. This home is the result of a multi-year design and construction process through which I worked intimately with the homeowners, builders and custom fabricators.

Drawing from the connected New England farm houses typical in the area, the building is composed of a main house connected by a service wing to a large three-car garage/barn. The connected “house and barn” are arranged to shelter the paved driveway area where homeowners and guests arrive.

The front door is signified and protected from the elements by an open porch which faces North offering a cool place to relax and receive guests on a warm evening. The counterpoint to the open entry porch is a screened-in porch on more private, back side of the home. Both porches are framed in solid cedar posts and beams, milled specifically for this project.

All of the main living spaces are located on the first floor. The interior spaces are organized around a central living room which is on axis with the front door. Radiating off of the central living room are the entry foyer and porch facing North, kitchen and dining facing East, fireplace sitting space facing South, and master suite facing West. The ceilings of each of the radiating spaces are the highest in the house and offer spatial transitions between the more enclosed interior spaces and the forest canopy which surrounds the house.

Spaces and windows throughout the home have been arranged to eliminate dark hallways and maximize visual connections to the wooded site from within the house. Transitions between spaces have been carefully considered with changes in ceiling height and materials at thresholds.

The kitchen and dining areas feature cathedral ceilings on an Eastern exposure allowing morning sun to wash the kitchen. The gourmet kitchen was designed with multiple islands configured. The dining area is surrounded by custom fabricated windows, offering views of the wooded site and backyard patios and Bocce court. The screen porch is a virtual tree house intended for summer dining just off the kitchen.

The master suite faces West. Windows in the sleeping area are located on the corners to provide peripheral views of the landscaped yard, as well as limit Western setting sunlight. The master bathroom features a private water closet as well as a Bubble tub and custom shower enclosure integrated with continuous marble.

Throughout the house are many custom architectural features including: Interior trim designed and fabricated specifically for this project; Chelmsford granite fireplace hearths and door thresholds; A one-of a kind tapered column enclosure in the basement family room; A vintage wood mantle salvaged from a 19 th century home, reconditioned and installed at the fireplace on the lower level.

I hope my words provide some insight into the architecture of 9 Talbot Lane. For me, this project epitomizes the high quality of architecture that can result from a successful collaboration between architect, homeowners and builder. I thank you for your consideration.

Steven Beaucher, Architect
Cambridge, Massachusetts
July 5, 2010

 

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