adain mellen-bloom, 9, plays
with Luna, the family dog, in the
living area (left), where the
fireplace creates a privacy wall that
blocks the view into the house
while still affording those inside a
panorama of the woodsy landscape.
The dining area (above) at the
other end of the room has easy
access to the deck.
front to back
With the house set into the hill of
the sloping lot, the main entry is
one flight up from the driveway
and the guest suite and library
are distinctly second-story, while
the living room opens at ground
level to the backyard.
builder P.M. Gallagher Inc.
Derek Bloom leads a double life — architecturally speaking. Since founding Derek Bloom Architects in 2004, he has renovated older houses and non-residential buildings, adapting them to today’s lifestyles, technology, and sustainable design principles while honoring the traditional style and detail that are their legacy. He has also designed new houses, which e describes as “more modern,” but not minimalist or stark. “I try to make my designs less
abstract,” says Bloom, “and bring more warmth and texture to modern forms.”
A paradigm for that philosophy is the house Bloom designed and built for his family, wife Eliza Mel-
len Smith and sons Adain and Sebastian Mellen-Bloom, ages 9 and 5 respectively, on a narrow sloping lot
that abuts 40 plus acres of conservation land in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
4 living area
5 dining area
8 guest bath
9 guest bedroom