96 DESIGN NEW ENGLAND SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017
two-story midcentury brick-and-concrete
structure had been turned into condominiums a few years prior, when a third story was
added. A few years later, the adjacent condo
became available. With one child already,
Demarest, now 6, and a desire to grow their
family — Julian was born in April — yet stay
in the city, the couple seized the opportunity
to expand their existing space.
Although the two units were nearly mirror images, fitting them together was no small
challenge. There were ceiling heights to reconcile, heating, cooling, and ventilation systems to combine, and neighbors to consider.
The Macdonalds also had high expectations for the 2,700 combined square feet:
designated kid space, a retreat for the adults,
an open-plan great room, a sophisticated
kitchen, and enough outdoor space to satisfy
playful children and rejuvenate parents, plus
plenty of room for entertaining guests. “We
wanted to achieve an open space, with private
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Pictures. The third story, which is clad in lead-coated copper, was added in 2004, when
the building was converted to condominiums. Justine ;;;;; sits at the kitchen island
while 6-year-old Demarest plays on the dark-stained yellow oak floor of the now
open-plan living space.