Like so many projects Divine and their senior designer Michael Hanna take on, the pre-existing spaces are often dated and lacking the luxury amenities our clients are searching for. Thus, Hanna and his team of Design + Build experts had their hands understandably full for this whole-home renovation in Boston’s South End. From faux-painted red cabinetry to the stuff transitional/shaker-style dreams are made of, Michael and Divine Design Build put their experience to the test. And, spoiler alert *** TOTALLY NAILED IT.
While living in a city provides access to any and all that one might desire at a drop of a hat, living in a city also limits accessibility to Design + Build companies like yours truly. However, longstanding improvements in the industry make it easier as time goes on. Case in point? Craning in a solid sheet of glass, and the whole lot of cabinets to a third floor walk up in Boston’s South End neighborhood.
So, cranes aside. The renovation of this beautiful-to-be condo came with a lot of decision making on the part of DDB designer Michael Hanna.
The homeowners in the case chose Michael based off of his ability to blend transitional tastes with modern design. Hence the frameless, shaker style door fronts perfectly matched to modern accents found in the engineered stones gracing the kitchen and bathroom countertops. Similarly, modern furnishings deep routed in the floor-to-(near)ceiling glass shower space play nicely with more traditional modes of the selection of the bathroom hardware.
The clients opted for a Wolf range and hood, and from there, the construction process followed suit. Divine provided plumbing, electric, installation and general labor services in both the master/powder baths and as well for the kitchen. Luckily, in the kitchen, hardwood floors were already existing in the condo. So, a simple patch and refinish job was all that was required.
New cabinets were ordered based on the redesign of the kitchens and bathrooms. The cabinets came from Hampshire, an American cabinet company. Similarly, the tile and back splashes provided for the project were A.K.D.O. (for the range wall) and Soho Studio (for the sink wall). Furthermore, the bathrooms were embellished in “Blanc Linen” from Daltile.
In lieu of bathroom tiles, Michael opted for neutral, creme-y Cambria engineered stones for the bathroom and consequential kitchen countertops. Ooh La LA.
Subsequent hardware came from manufacturers Brizo and Atlas Hardware in all three before mentioned project spaces.
Ultimately, the beauty lies in the details of this project. The serenity encapsulated throughout this city condo parlays seamless intrigue. However, installations of objects such as “under cabinet lighting” in the kitchen provide for genius in the design from Michael Hanna.
"My kitchen required a complete design change in order to have it function effectively. With Mariette’s help, we were able to double our cabinet space, triple our counter space and retain our eat-in-area – all without adding any square footage! Mariette was able to understand and design what we wanted for our kitchen, while contributing ideas which enhanced the project. In addition, all the materials she supplied (cabinets, countertops, hardware etc) were of superior quality. Further, Mariette’s part of the project was completed on time and on budget!"
- M.F. Needham, MA