exterior after shot of the arlington italianate toh tv house project
Photo: Anthony Tieuli

Perfect Fit for a Family

Six years ago, Heather and Malcolm Faulds were condo dwellers in Cambridge when they fell for a 2,100-square-foot Italianate in the Boston suburb of Arlington, now the subject of the current This Old House TV season. "We loved the character of the house," says Malcolm, including its decorative roof brackets, double-height entry foyer, quartersawn oak floors, and original interior trim. "But we had a pretty long list of what needed to change, right from the start," says Heather. In sum: Open up the first floor, create a new kitchen where the family could gather, and retain the period details.

Enter architect David Whitney, who created a big open kitchen, sent the home office upstairs, and fit in a mudroom, a powder room, and a coat closet near the front entry, within the existing footprint. The plan called for adding just 200 square feet—to create a second-floor master suite over the kitchen.

Shown: The bold red exterior—painted Benjamin Moore's Raspberry Truffle—is authentic to the period of the house. Tom added a new, architecturally appropriate front-porch railing where one was lacking.

Architect: David Whitney, AIA, Arlington, MA
Architectural color consultant: Bonnie Krims, Bonnie Krims Color Studio, Concord, MA

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