South End Duplex: Project Under Construction

Today we are bringing you a job in progress which is located in Boston’s South End neighborhood. This is a duplex condo unit in a historic building with 12 foot ceilings and beautiful grand windows. The existing layout utilized an open loft concept with a separate Study. The lower level consisted of a Guest Bedroom, Guest Bath, and a Master Suite with walk-in Closet and en suite Bath. Our intention was for the duplex to feel more like a single family home rather than an apartment or loft. The Client is downsizing from a larger home and desired the feel of a town home in the middle of the city.

Here is the existing layout:

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Existing Upper Level

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Existing Lower Level

Although we originally designed an Upper Level complete with Powder Room and Walk-In Pantry, the Client wished to retain much of the existing layout. Our goal was to refine the existing open loft by creating a large “Great Room” with a paneled Piano Alcove. We also created a Foyer that opens to a renovated Main Stair. This Foyer presents a sense of arrival and becomes the transition between the Upper Level common spaces and the more private sleeping quarters on the Lower Level.

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Proposed Upper Level

The existing Master Suite on the Lower Level was excessively large and lacked privacy from the common Hall. Our plan incorporated an en suite Study/Nursery, a full Walk-In Closet, a larger Master Bath with double vanity, a work center concealed within cabinetry, and maximized storage space.

Except for a few aesthetic modifications, the layout of the Guest Bedroom remained the same. The Guest Bath was to be gutted and renovated with finishes consistent with the rest of the space.


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Proposed Lower Level


Front Entry Foyer: Existing


Front Entry Foyer: In Progress


Kitchen and Dining Area: Before


Kitchen and Dining Area: Before

By eliminating the dropped ceiling and the HVAC chase space, we maintained a consistent ceiling plane allowing the space to feel larger than it currently does. This allowed for increased storage space in the Kitchen as well.


Kitchen/Dining: In Progress


Kitchen/Dining: In Progress


Living Room: Before

The original Study was opened up to allow for a larger living space. In this space now is a large cased opening with a Piano Alcove and hidden cabinetry behind paneled walls.


Living Room: In Progress


 Study: Before


Study, now Piano Alcove with new cased opening: In Progress


 Stair: Before


Stairs: In Progress


Master Bedroom: Before


Master Bedroom: In Progress


Guest Bedroom: Before


Guest Bedroom: In Progress

We will update in the coming weeks to show you more progress and final completion of this project.

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