History Reimagined

North of Boston, MA

Customized Controls Design for a Historic Home

Part renovation, part restoration, and part new construction, this project reimagined a historic 1928 colonial into a home for a contemporary couple. The brick exterior of the original residence was left intact, but the interior was gutted and completely redesigned to create an open, expansive living space. An addition with a garage and family room was designed to match the original building, and a pool and pavilion was added behind the home for additional outdoor space. In total, the residence is 10,000 square feet, a family oasis nestled into the woods north of Boston.

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To ensure the lighting control system would feel intuitive to the homeowners and their guests, we designed with a combination of keypads and wireless switches and dimmers. In total, we had 64 homerun interior lighting loads, 24 homerun exterior and landscape lighting loads, 85 lighting loads using local devices, and 30 wired keypads. This strategy allowed for straightforward control in simple spaces such as powder rooms, and more sophisticated control in spaces such as the kitchen, where 14 unique lighting loads create a layered lighting design.

Below is a sample from the construction drawings, showing the combination of homerun loads (in red), local devices (in blue), and keypad control (rectangles noted KP).

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Special attention was also paid to the shading. Layered window treatments provide functional screening of natural daylight while preserving a soft aesthetic. Motorized soft treatments such as Roman shades and drapery provide the convenience of automation with the beauty of a custom window treatment. The shading design for this project included layering roller shades, roman shades, and drapery in different combinations.

In the Primary Bedroom, motorized Roman shades were layered with drapery. The detail drawing included below shows how the Roman shade with motorized roller were positioned and secured above the window frame. Also below is an image of the finished installation.

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Project Partners


Rob Bramhall Architects


KVC Builders

Interior Designer

Savoir Faire Home

Lighting Designer

Landscape Architect

Sudbury Design Group


Jared Kuzia

Technology Systems

Light Fixtures

Lighting & Shading Control

Motorized Shading

Audio & Video

Network & Technology Infrastructure

Access Control & Surveillance