and looked in East Boston. One open house and a semi-half-
hearted offer later, the carriage house unit became his. “This
was a great, great find for me,” Ferzoco says. “It became a
luxury hotel room in a cool up-and-coming neighborhood.”
Small didn’t mean less design savvy was required to
make the space feel like home. “We used every square inch of
the space,” says Ferzoco, who worked closely with two of his
firm’s designers, Stacy Grimes and Kasie Ballard, and G&S
Construction in Dedham, Massachusetts, to complete the
project in the summer of 2015.
The renovation involved
ditching the existing kitchen,
which was tucked into a corner
of the main area, and relocating
a wall near the entry to gain more
space. The team then designed a
area in the now opened-up room.
The back wall is lined with MDF
(medium-density fiberboard) cabinetry painted matte black. Opposite it are three large windows
and a long gray sofa. At the center, a white-oak island conceals a
50-inch flat-screen TV that rises at the push of a button.
“My team talked me into the idea,” says Ferzoco, explaining
that when not in use, the TV is hidden, sightlines are uninterrupted, and the island top can be used.
For dining, a round marble-topped table sits next to
a green lacquer bench and a tall cabinet that Ferzoco says
“squares everything off and hides the slope of the staircase”
that leads to the neighbors’ second-floor unit. A pair of folding chairs enable Ferzoco to host a four-person dinner party.
“I don’t have more than that for dinner,” he says, though
plenty more can pile in for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
To keep things simple and spacious, there are no upper
while matte-black closets (left bottom) visually connect the
bedroom with the kitchen cabinetry in the main space, pocket doors
(left top) can close it off. Upholstered stools roll wherever
additional seating is needed. In the bathroom, a green lacquer
vanity (above left) adds vibrancy and a wall of black-and-white
cement tiles (above right) provides graphic appeal.
Small but Mighty
“The key to living small is
editing constantly,” says
Ferzoco. “You live very
efficiently when you’re in
a small space. I think the
natural inclination for
people is to have
everything solid, but
negative open spaces
mean more space.” He
explains that it tricks
people into thinking
“there must be more
space because there’s
space to waste.”