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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 6/16/2021


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Once you have the idea for a perfect home design, it’s tempting to get started right away. While some styles may be very popular they could still pose potential challenges to homeowners who dream of having that style for their very own. A perfect example of this is mid-century modern design, which rose to popularity in the United States in the 1950s and continues to be an inspiration to this day. However, because of its enduring popularity, existing homes built in the mid-century modern style are hard to find. In some areas they are so heavily sought after that they barely touch the market before they’re claimed by a new owner. The logical solution to this might be to build a new home in the same style. However, there are two important things to consider before moving forward with this dream.

Location & Lot Requirements

Most classic mid-century modern homes are also “ranch” style or single-story. These homes require bigger lots than many contemporary new construction homes, and depending on location, this may pose a major issue. Not only are large lots more expensive outright, but they may not be available. Densely populated urban areas simply don’t have as much room to spare. If they do, there is always the chance that building codes may restrict you from breaking ground on such an expansive home.

All this said, it’s possible to build an excellent mid-century modern home on a smaller lot. All it takes is sacrificing the simplicity of the single-level and build up in order to get more livable square footage. Luckily, the angular architectural style can lend itself well to taller homes.

Floor Plans for the Future

Another issue related to floor plans regards your future. If you’re building your perfect dream home, you are probably expecting to live in it for good. This means you have to consider your current situation and plans for the future. Do you plan to have a family in the future, or a bigger family than you currently have? Do you want to have ample space for house guests or to care for elderly relatives? Answering yes to any of these questions adds to the square footage of the home. Unless you have the space and budget to expand a single level, you’ll need to make more efficient use of the space. Sometimes this can lead to layouts that feel cramped rather than airy and open like what you’d expect from a mid-century modern home.

Building up is always an option if you have the budget and the permits. This can often be less expensive than expanding the footprint of the home anyway, so if you don’t mind going with a multi-story mid-century modern design, this is your best option.

These two issues concern both the practicality and price of your project. Finding the right builder, preferably one who’s an expert in the mid-century modern style, will go a long way toward your success. They might even know ways to save you money on materials and other construction costs. As long as you know what to expect, you will be able to build the mid-century modern home of your dreams.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 6/9/2021


8 Dudley Rd, Sutton, MA 01590

Single-Family

$474,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Quaint cape on a country road located so close to everything! 146, shopping and schools! This home was remodeled in 2005 and many updates have been added since! There is  a new oil tank, ductless A/C, tiled kitchen, freshly stained front and rear decks. The floor plan is open and very versatile. The first floor offers a large eat in kitchen with tons of cabinets! It also has newer appliances, solid surface counters and is flanked by the home office with pocket doors and formal dining room which has french doors that take you to the large rear deck. The family room is located off the foyer and is large enough to entertain all!  There is a full bathroom and laundry on the first floor as well. Upstairs offers 3 large bedrooms and the potential for a small nursery which is currently being used as a walk-in cedar closet. The full bath has double vanities, a large soaking tub and separate shower stall. The basement is unfinished but could easily add additional living area.
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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 6/9/2021

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Upon moving into a new home, it’s important to keep your pets out of certain rooms as they get used to their new space. While you could use baby gates for that purpose, they are often cumbersome to have put up all over the house. Instead, use any or all of these three methods to get the job done.

Use High-Tech Barriers

High-tech indoor barriers use a tone as a reminder to keep pets out of different rooms or from going upstairs or downstairs. You just have to position them along the threshold between the rooms or against the bottom or top riser on your staircase.

Then, you put the collar on your pet and the sensors automatically warn them when they are too close. Before long, your pets will avoid those areas on their own, allowing you to get rid of the system altogether.

Train Them to Stay Out

If you prefer to work one-on-one with your pets instead, follow these boundary training steps:

  1. Put your pet on a short leash and walk them toward your boundary of choice.
  2. Stop just short of the room and reward your pet when they halt in place.
  3. Move back to the starting point and repeat this process until your pet stops before you do.
  4. Add a cue word that lets them know that the room is off limits, like ‘Out.’
  5. Continue to repeat the training, but this time without the leash on your pet.
  6. On the next attempt, walk one step past the boundary and reward your pet for stopping short.
  7. Repeat the training while moving further into the room before returning to reward your pet.

Once you have trained your pets to stay out of one room, you can use the cue to let them know that others are off limits. If they do not understand, just move through the training at the threshold of the new room. Eventually, they will use their knowledge gained during training and stay out when told.

Convert to Dutch Doors

If you need a quick solution that will benefit you for the long-term, you can convert ordinary doors in your house to Dutch doors. This style of door is cut into top and bottom halves, so you can close each section separately.

Upon just closing the bottom half, the door functions as a baby gate would but is so much easier to use. As an added benefit, these doors are great for keeping young kids out of certain areas as well.

Dutch doors are available in many different styles for interior and exterior installations. They are best installed by a skilled contractor, but you can likely swing the project if you are reasonably handy.

Depending on the needs of your pets, you can use any combination of these solutions to control their movement through your home. Your efforts will pay off in the long run as they learn to stay out of certain areas, like the kitchen and bedrooms.




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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 6/8/2021


252 W Sutton Rd, Sutton, MA 01590

Single-Family

$635,000
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
From the expansive wrap around farmer's porch to the private 10 acre lot, this home has it all! The moment you meander up the driveway & take in the seasonal pond views & experience the privacy & bountiful stone walls you will want to call it home! Upon entering you are greeted with a large entry that is open to both the private office with french doors & the sweeping dining room with rich moldings and access to the farmer's porch. The NEWLY updated kitchen is a cook's dream with a wall oven and cooktop plus a SubZero refrigerator, pantry, open eating area & access to the back deck. The cathedral family room offers hardwood floors & stone fireplace. Retreat to the second level which has a large, cathedral master suite complete with walk-in closet & BRAND NEW master bathroom with gorgeous tiled shower. There are also 2 guest bedrooms & updated main bath on this level. The third floor completes the home with the 4th bedroom! New paint, young carpet, furnace, updated kitchen & baths.
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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 6/8/2021


9 Boundary Stone Rd, Sutton, MA 01590

Single-Family

$674,900
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This is the one you have been waiting for! This home sits perfectly on a corner lot with the composite farmer's porch facing protected open space for peaceful views. The amazing backyard is an oasis! It features a fenced in pool area with mature plantings, multiple lounging areas and upgraded composite deck. The inside welcomes you with freshly finished hardwood floors and paint, a BRAND NEW kitchen with white cabinets, quartz countertops, perfect backslash, new light fixtures & young appliances! The floor plan is open and bright and offers large rooms including a 20x22 cathedral family room with fireplace. The second level has a master suite with walk-in closet and new bathroom with a tiled shower. There are also two guest bedrooms and a fully updated main bath. There is a middle office/workout space that leads to the large 3rd floor bedroom with sitting area & double closets! Awesome finished basement for extra space! Young roof, furnace, A/C, H20 tank. Simply move in and enjoy!
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