A Colonial Home Reimagined

This renovation of a 70’s-era center-entry colonial house transforms the interior of the ground floor to match the homeowners’ lifestyle and modern aesthetic. Formerly a series of dimly lit rooms, the renovation opens up the first floor and creates an airy interior with bright white and natural finishes.

The kitchen renovation, which initiated the overall project, has clean modern lines, a calming palette, and an efficient layout that makes the room bright and airy despite having only a single window to the exterior.  By right sizing the rooms with their functions, the kitchen’s enlarged footprint allows for the addition of a long center island, perfect for both entertaining and cooking prep.

The project modernizes the entire home’s first floor.  The palette throughout is new wide plank light wood flooring, contemporary trim, new sleek radiators, and bright white wall paint to create a spacious interior.  The renovation of the living room hearth and the stair to the second floor continue these modern details.

In the words of the homeowners, “To say we are thrilled with the outcome would be a huge understatement because our completely reconfigured space has brought light, beauty, relaxation, and joy — and somehow managed to impart the sense of more room and openness even as we gained utility. Pure magic!”


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project information

Full interior renovation of the ground floor of a single-family home in North Andover.  

ARCHITECT: Atelier et Alia

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Aurora Architects + Builders

KITCHEN CABINETS: Divine Design Center

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jared Kuzia Photography