Not Grandma's House Anymore

Not Grandma’s House Anymore


The original home on this property was a Cape Cod, built in 1948, that was purchased by the owner’s grandparents in 1959.   The new owners were excited to make changes that would honor the family spirit of the home by modernizing it for the next generation.  Top items on the wish list were a master suite, a kitchen with a large island, and first floor laundry.


Location: Melrose, MA

Type of Home: This house began as a late 1940’s story book Cape

Renovated New Style: Traditional New England Colonial

Square Footage: 1,632 Square Feet

Originally, the adorable pitched roof lines made the second floor tight and allowed for only 2 second floor bedrooms with sloping ceilings.  By rebuilding the second floor with full height walls we were able to comfortably fit a total of 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, including a dedicated master.

The original kitchen was a tight space and there was a wall between the kitchen and the dining room.  This made the rooms feel small and closed off.

With the wall down the space really opened up and gave us enough room to put an island in the kitchen which created a nice flow for entertaining.  The new slider allows easy access to the back deck while letting lots of natural light flow into the dining room.

The wavy artisan glass backsplash and the vibrant quartz counters add beautiful reflective light and a fun texture to the space.

The new master bedroom takes up the left side of the second floor and features a recessed ceiling with crown molding, a walk in closet, and a master bath.  The master shower shines with a glass petal waterfall and a basket weave pattern floor.

The home’s original (and only) bathroom was relocated on the first floor and is now a half bath and laundry room combo:

The new back deck! This project was so much fun!  We were honored to be a part of restoring this family home and making it a place where the new owners will be comfortable for years to come.


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