1: Add romance and breathe new life and light into a traditional single
family 50's ranch in a suburban neighborhood.
reconfigure the floor plan of the kitchen and living room: remove
windows to ensure privacy; transform a drafty porch into an all-weather
“So how do you take a perfectly non-descript
house with no details and turn it into a traditional, warm, romantic
asks a Brookline, Massachusetts homeowner.
Team-up contractor Rod Gilbert of Sid
Kumins, Inc. and interior designer
Karen O'Brien of Bloomingdale's and stand back. Working together, they
set about to improve the basics of the house inside and out and produce
a wholly fresh and vital take on traditional, from the home's main
floor, to its two bedrooms and den upstairs, and a totally integrated
lower basement area.
By moving doors, windows, sink, and building cabinets in the kitchen;
adding a sixteen foot closet with down-lights; creating an all new master
bath with Jacuzzi; moving a doorway and a half wall to create openness
and light in the living room; transforming a drafty porch to an all
weather sun porch with seven new windows; and totally replacing the
siding, gutters, and small casement windows, Kumins created the
traditional character and elegance everyone was searching for. The owners knew the project could have been a nightmare. They now sleep
very comfortably in their romantic home thanks to Sid Kumins, Inc.
2: Modernize a 40 year old suburban residence to take advantage of the
natural beauty of the environment - 2 phases over 12 years.
a master plan with the owner/developer and contractor; design and
construct the improvements to pace the owner's changing lifestyle.
Foresight and listening were the keys to the success of this project.
owners of a multi-level frame residence located in Newton, Mass.
wanted a complete renovation of their property. Their idea was to start
with the recreational uses of the house first, then a major upgrade of
the living area. A critical factor that guided all decisions on this job
was the challenge to maximize the natural beauty of the 1.4 acres where
the home was located.
Kumins had a previous relationship with the owner in renovating
commercial properties in the Boston area. Working together, Sid
Kumins, Inc. laid out a construction plan that would accomplish
their goals in a two-phase program.
The first phase of the renovation started in 1986 and called for the
pouring of over 2000 cubic yards of concrete for a regulation size
tennis court, an in-ground swimming pool and a large patio area. In
addition to the main house, construction plans called for interior
cabana/sauna rooms--along with a spacious recreational den; making the
back of the house a great summer retreat!
The second phase, completed in 1998, was a major renovation and
reconfiguration of the interior rooms in the upper level of the house.
Over 1000 sq. ft. was added by upgrading the kitchen, dining room,
master bedroom and bathrooms. This construction phase also included a
large ‘home office’ with custom built bird’s eye maple desk,
credenza and cabinets. To take full advantage of the environment;
floor-to-ceiling windows were figured for two walls of the new office,
allowing more daylight to enter.
Now, inside or out, in all seasons, this family can enjoy the natural
beauty of their suburban residence.