1: Modernize and merge two adjoining condominium units in a 1950's cold,
concrete structure into one spacious comfortable residence.
unique structural designs to soften existing concrete rigidities; create
rooms and hallways with custom-made bookcases, entertainment centers,
“Every renovation project is unique. This
one was one of those highly individualized projects fraught with
states Rod Gilbert, Principal of Sid
Kumins, Inc. The owners saw an opportunity to buy and merge two
adjoining condominiums with spectacular views facing the Charles River
and Cambridge, Massachusetts. What they did not see was an old, mid-rise
structure with concrete ceilings and floors that made renovations in
this type of building very difficult.
Working as a team with
Kumins, Interior Designer Jack Coar and Architect
Harry Bates found solutions and made structural, architectural, and
design decisions that were truly creative.
“We had to move a bathroom” says Bates.
“We had to
hide immovable pipes and ducts in the kitchen. We had to use wall-hung
water closets because we could not cut through the concrete floors. We
had to custom-build the fake beams to not only produce the look of a
covered ceiling, but also to contain the recessed energy efficient
halogen lighting so key to illuminating the environment.”
This was a very successful project. The owners could not have been
happier because Kumins, the architect, and interior designer truly
worked seamlessly and created a home with style.
2: Modernize a ten year old townhouse condominium to meet the style demands
of a fast-paced entrepreneurial couple.
Find what ‘shapes’ the daily
lives of the individuals who will live in the condominium and re-work
the existing space to fit their individuality and lifestyle.
Kumins, Inc. has quite a successful track record when it comes to
condominium renovation and rehabilitation. Over their 40 plus years in
the construction business, Kumins has worked on more than two dozen
projects ranging from simple kitchen and bathroom renovations to merging
two condo units into one residence and to this project for a Newton,
Massachusetts couple to completely renovate their recently purchased 10
year old, 6,000 sq. ft. townhouse condominium residence.
The owners had a definite baseline design that they wanted Sid
Kumins, Inc. to follow. They wanted to give their new home
character. After purchasing the condominium in 1998, they had several
meetings with Rod Gilbert, Principal with Sid Kumins,
Inc. Gilbert drafted a step by step construction plan that
encompassed custom molding, baseboards, and doors; vaulted ceilings and
a full wall fireplace; new stairway and tile work; and custom designed
and manufactured kitchen cabinets imported from England and installed by
Sid Kumins, Inc.
This job called for a lot of custom mill work and special details that
normally can mean construction delays on any project. However, Sid
Kumins, Inc. was able to work out a construction timetable and
work-flow plan to schedule the pre-work to be ready as needed and keep a
tight control on everything during the construction process.
job from start to finish took only four months. The new owners had minimal disruption to their busy lives and their
newly renovated condominium exceeded even their tough standards.