• work of Top Boston Architect - William Finnerty, AIA

Le Cuisine of Cornue

Needham, MA

Challenge: Expand an existing 1920’s Gambrel with a two-story addition.

As if the deconstruction of a sunroom, enclosed porch, kitchen, and back hall –
wasn’t enough – a steel beam was required at the back corner of the home in
order to make this project feasible. The homeowners’ took a leap of faith
and rebuilt their house inside and out.

The kitchen design began with the purchase of the beautiful Cornue stove –
and the memories of her grandmother’s kitchen table, where family members gathered.
The carved detail of the sink cabinet apron were matched from the original kitchen
cabinetry. The enlarged family room was a key component to the renovation –
for sports-oriented entertaining.

Additionally, a full basement, mechanical systems, mudroom, laundry room,
Master bedroom, bathroom, and walk-in closet were in the scope of this project.

In the end, an enthusiastic homeowner made her dreams come true – she kept
her house, stayed in her neighborhood and got the home of her dreams.

Fun fact: Friends told the homeowner to forgo the table and build an island,
we’re glad she listened to her instinct!

Photos by Greg Premru