From Big Camp to Little Camp, the Spirit of Nostalgia Brings a Summer Home to Life

After renting a charming summer home for years, homeowners sought to recreate the rustic lodge-style feeling in a new dwelling that won “Best Traditional New Construction” in the 2017 Marvin Architects Challenge. The first time these homeowners laid eyes on the gray-shingled, slightly ramshackle “Big Camp” located in coastal New England, they were in love. They rented…

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Honoring Historic Details to Bring a Landmark into the 21st Century

How the 2017 Marvin Architects Challenge “Best Remodel” winner brought form and function back to a failing city landmark. Westborough, Massachusetts is a classic New England town, home to a quaint city center that had one unfortunate problem—a Town Hall building that was inefficient, underutilized and inaccessible. At the time of the renovation in 2016, less than 40 percent…

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Historic School Gets New Lease on Life

A former Catholic elementary school is reborn as luxury condos in a Philadelphia suburb. Built in 1925, The St. Margaret School in Narberth, PA had outgrown its original purpose and was in need of a refresh that could give new life to the historical building. After seeing potential in this beautifully crafted gothic building, Moser Construction…

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A Risky Remodel Yields Big Returns

“In some ways,” said Scott Payne, principal of Farmer + Payne Architects, “this home was never meant to be remodeled.” Payne was referring to the monolithic Kawneer commercial storefront system used to frame many of the home’s original windows. Although state-of-the art at the time of the home’s completion in the 1960s, the heavy aluminum…

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