General contractor Ilan Sigura
drew up plans that would allow a slight reconfiguring of the layout and a staircase more in keeping with the house's Colonial style, plus new insulation, flooring, plumbing, and wiring. Along with a same-size but better kitchen, the couple wanted refurbished baths and a mudroom that doubled as a watering hole for their border collie, Bo, complete with a doggie-eye-level spigot.
"We took out every fixture and many pieces of molding and some doors," Sigura recalls. His crew opened up walls so that iTunes could be piped to speakers around the house and lighting activated by an automated system. The crew also bolstered the framing and added spray-foam insulation to some exterior walls.Shown:
In the guest bedroom, pale gray and white form a serene backdrop for a whimsical mix of flea-market and Internet finds, which can be easily swapped out as the house evolves. Wall paint: Restoration Hardware's
Pale Silver. Animal heads: Anthropologie
. Bedding and accent pillows: Serena & Lily
. Curtain fabric: Kravet