MODERN TOUCH / by Faith Michaels

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Back in the nineteen fifties, the time of the three martini lunch and Don Draper suiting, "Modern" homes were all the rage. Architect Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus movement, built his own modern home right here in Concord Massachusetts. His friend, Walter Bogner, Dean of the Harvard Architecture School designed this home in 1956 in the Modern style championed by Gropius.  Listed in the National Historic Registry, the home bears hallmarks of the Bauhaus movement.  The structure has an open floor plan with sleek fluid lines and soaring floor to ceiling windows that bring the outside in.  The only problem was that the home had not been lived in for almost twenty years and the outside had literally taken over.

 THE BACKYARD!

THE BACKYARD!

The other pressing issue was that there was no really front walkway to the house.  Our clients wanted to be able to safely navigate the front walk in the coming winter. FF Landscape Architect, Steve Woods designed a walkway that moved closer to the house and reflected the angles of the building itself.

 THE OLD "WALKWAY."

THE OLD "WALKWAY."

 THE NEW PLAN

THE NEW PLAN

Luiz and Lucas went to work building steps to match the original bluestone landing and sourcing stone to match an existing wall and to use on the risers.

The work is well underway.  We will keep you posted!