a partners’ desk anchors one
end of the office (left), where
dark walls and moody art are
accentuated by cream-colored
drapes by Carole Bruce
Workroom of Beverly,
Massachusetts. Wood ceiling
trim and baseboards define the
room and make the space feel
personal and warm.
leaving it in an exhausted state that imposed untold construction and
regulatory hurdles. Worse, it would have to be pulled together from distances spanning two continents. But from Verbridge’s perspective, it
was thrilling to work with clients who could see past the wreckage to a
vision of what the space could be.
First, they tackled the layout, which was largely determined by
structural brick walls, including one that cut the apartment in half,
a relic from when the building was two separate town houses. Yet,
except for flanking entrances, there was little bilateral symmetry, so
the space felt connected rather than divided. General contractor F. H.
Perry Builder of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, showed its construction
prowess when it linked the dining room and kitchen with a firewall passageway that has a door, built into invisible wall pockets, that will shut
automatically in the event of fire.