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December 2015
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Topic of the Month: An 18th Century Home Renovation

Architectural Firm of the Month: David Sharff Architect, P.C.

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Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

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Building or transforming your home should be a collaborative process and deliver a discerning design solution tailored to your unique needs. Since 1995, David Sharff Architect has been implementing this approach in partnership with our clients to deliver timeless, award-winning designs for new homes, whole house renovations, additions, and interiors.

Through the thoughtful integration of beauty and function, form, space and material, we instill the feeling that, while fresh, beautiful and new, antique or modern, "this feels like it has been here forever."

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Photograph Courtesy Michael J. Lee 

Architect David Sharff based in Medfield, Massachusetts recently renovated an early 18th century house.  During the renovation, Sharff added 1,500 square feet of living space to the 1,400 existing square foot home, along with a 587 square foot two-car garage.
The main inspiration for his design was the original home, as he brought it into the present with modern features. Sharff explains, "We wanted to design a functional and practical additional while keeping with the simple, antique nature of the existing home. All the new spaces feel like they have always been there - not too large but enough space to gather comfortably with family and friends."
When asked if there were any particular challenges while working on the project, Sharff explains, "Marrying the new space with the original, low ceilings of the house was a challenge. We vaulted the sitting room to make it feel larger than it actually is and we left the original beam in the kitchen exposed to keep the rustic charm."
Sharff included custom garage doors, cedar clapboards, copper gutters, dormers, bead board ceiling, and onion lanterns in the newly renovated home. He adds, "The homeowner joined in the renovation by painting the interior and finishing the wide plank floors with tung oil. The husband builds model ships so this was right up his alley but on a much larger scale."
The project took one year to complete.

          Photograph Courtesy Michael J. Lee

Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 



Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
For more information visit:

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Liz Benton, Editor 
Glacier Blue® Architectural Topics & News
Devonian Stone of New York, Inc.

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