When these Connecticut homeowners and avid Red Sox fans wanted a Boston home base for enjoying game nights with family and friends, they found an ideal location on the top floor of a handsome Back Bay brownstone.
DESIGN & BUILD Woodmeister Master Builder
INTERIOR DESIGN Suzanne Novik
PHOTOGRAPHED BY Gary Sloan Photography
However,the existing structure, built with small door openings and awkward spaces, made the home feel cramped and failed to take full advantage of natural light. The clients enlisted Woodmeister Master Builders in Holden, Massachusetts to create the inviting space they envisioned. “They wanted a space that would work as well for the two of them as for when they brought their kids and friends,” says account executive Jim Catlin.
To achieve clean lines and an open feeling, Catlin and the team leveled the cherry floors and ceilings throughout the home and opened an existing wall between the kitchen, living, and dining areas. At the home’s elevator doors, they turned a claustrophobic entryway into a gallery space for showcasing baseball memorabilia.
Connecticut-based interior designer Suzanne Novik was brought in to infuse the home with whimsical baseball-inspired interiors mixed with details displaying New England sensibility. “The spirited red, white and blue all American palette of this apartment is sophisticated and classic while gently paying homage to historical Boston. Using color, texture, diamond and baseball shapes helped subtly reinforce the baseball theme throughout the residence,” said Novik. “In essence, we selectively incorporated baseball elements that would excite the most ardent Red Sox fan into classical design elements that were rich and refined and appealing on any level.”
The traditional American appeal is reflected by the home’s woodwork. Hand-crafted, recessed flat-panel cabinetry with furniture bases and bolection molding were custom-fabricated for the kitchen by Woodmeister. In the master bedroom, the Woodmeister team worked with Novik to create warmth and symmetry in the previously challenging space, centering the fireplace and creating a floating frame that connects the fireplace wall to a custom built master bed island.
Custom Murphy beds in the game room accommodate extra guests, and a new deck with a copper-clad parapet wall overlooks Commonwealth Avenue. Everything, of course, was finished in time for opening day at Fenway Park. Says Catlin; “The clients still send us tickets to the games.” Consider them Woodmeister fans.