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Current Project 310 Marlborough Street

September 11th, 2015

Boston’s Back Bay

310 Marlborough St,  formerly a multi-family home with approximately 4,704 square feet, built in 1899. The average list price for Back Bay today is $2,429,400. This is one sought after neighborhood in Boston, ranking as Boston’s Luxury Properties. The panoramic views and exceptional location in the trendy and sophisticated Boston’s Back Bay make residences on Marlborough Street one of the most desirable.

What was once a 7 unit brownstone is under renovation into a single family of four. It’s getting a total overhaul. In this five story frame, we’re reframing all the walls, leveling the floors, new insulation, new lighting and new wiring throughout. We’re implementing new heating, new plumbing, new fire sprinkler system independent of the plumbing system, and new electric. A three-phase electrical is in for the new elevator and electric heat pumps; requiring a new tie-in at the street. Rock wool insulation is going into the entire place; ceiling, walls, stairs, floors. Rock wool insulation is safer, having no formaldehyde, makes it more green, eco-friendly and resistant to fires. In addition to the rock wool insulation, we are installing polyicynene closed cell spray foam at the top floor ceiling and roof and at the front mansard roof; an energy efficient rating of R38.

We are renovating 5 fireplaces with choice of stone, marble and wood, gracing the garden level, the master bedroom, the music room, second floor, and dining room.

Garden Level

Current Project 310 Marlborough - Front and Back Entrances - Connaughton Construction

Garden Level – Radiant Floor Heating Back Garden

At garden level we have a bedroom, bath, storage, 2 large closets, a wet bar, family room with a fireplace, an entrance at the front and back.

Back Entrance (left image) the outside Back Entrance Parking court will have a heated brick driveway versed with an electric radiant floor heating system automatically clearing the snow. The cinder-block dividing wall will be all brick.

Music Room Makeover Inside and Outside

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Music Room Main Level - Connaughton Construction

Main Floor – First Level – Music Room

Front Entrance above will take you up the brownstone steps, through mahogany french doors, pass the parlor room, the mahogany library and a music room.

For the music room (top image) makeover we are refinishing the mahogany fireplace, retrimming the bay window and reframing the walls. To bring the fireplace up to code, the chimney flue is getting a new stainless steel liner.

The Bay window is the music room overlooking the parking court.

From the outside (left image) the bay window is getting restored with a new base. The white base is weather resistant PVC trim, soon to be black to match the top.

Hyper Heat Heating and Cooling System

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - New Sprinkler System - Connaughton Construction

Second Level – New Sprinkler System

The second level houses the gourmet kitchen, a big family room and a dining room with gas log fireplace.

Building closets left and right, installing ductwork shared by the AC and new HVAC with Hyper Heat Heating and Cooling System.

Getting up-to-code with the city requires installation of the new sprinkler system. With the new sprinkler system we’re installing 2″ fire lines from the street separate from the domestic water system.

On-Demand Tankless Hot Water Heater

Cast Iron Plumbing used Throughout - Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Connaughton Construction

Third Level – Cast Iron Plumbing Throughout

Master suite with separate study at the front with a laundry room.

Plumbing The new plumbing is black cast iron. Water flowing through cast iron piping is quieter than water running through pvc piping.

We are installing 3 new energy efficient gas fired on demand tankless hot water heaters. No tanks means no space needed.

Tankless hot water heaters provide the comfort and convenience of having a continuous supply of hot water. Gas-fired tankless water heaters produce higher flow rates than electric ones. Sometimes, even the largest, gas-fired tankless water heater cannot supply enough hot water for simultaneous, multiple uses in large households. To overcome this problem, we are installing three tankless water heaters.

Fourth Level

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Hanging Blueboard on Stilts-Connaughton Construction

Fourth Level – Professionals use stilts to hang blueboard.

The fourth level has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and 3 large closets, 1 of which is cedar.

Professionals use stilts to hang blueboard on the ceiling and walls.

Roof Deck

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Roof Deck View of Prudential - Connaughton Construction

Roof Deck – View of Prudential

A new glass roof hatch (middle image) provides access to new outdoor space; the roof deck. Breath-taking view of the Prudential building and eco-friendly Green Roofs. We’re framing with pressure treated wood and high quality, no maintenance Trex composite decking for the flooring.

The large white unit (far left image) is the energy efficient hyper-heat pump(HHP) condenser for heating and cooling. An air handler units is installed on every floor, small enough to fit in the ceiling, and connected to an HHP Condenser. For cooling, the unit blows air across freon cooled pipes, sending out cool air. For heating, the unit blows air across heated coils. The white pipes on the roof top are vent pipes for the water heaters. One is a fresh air in-take, and one exhausts air.

New Elevator with 3 Phase Electrical System

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street - Elevator Shaft - Connaughton Construction

New Elevator

The new elevator shaft is under way. How’s that for making life easy carting groceries, moving furniture, and carrying belongings between levels. A new 3 phase electrical system is in place due to the addition of the elevator and to bring the electrical up to code.

Private elevators is becoming a necessity in residential suburban living where the best use of vertical space is a must.

Current Project 310 Marlborough Street


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Luxury Home Design Trends 2014

September 25th, 2014

Top 10 Luxury Home Design Trends 2014

For the average home hunter, they look for large bathrooms, big back yards, and gourmet kitchens. The deal breakers are multiple bathrooms and garages. When it comes to luxury  real estate, the stakes are a bit higher. The common items are expected. So, what’s on the list of must-haves for the luxury home buyer?

Luxury Home Design Trends 2014

Luxury Home Design Trends 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Luxury Home Renovation - coal shoot turned wine cellar

 Wine Rooms

 

A wine refrigerator or a built-in wine rack in the kitchen might be a perk to most people, but that’s just not going to cut it in the luxury home market. People don’t want a rack! They want an entire room dedicated to their love for wine. Whether they want an ample supply on hand for entertaining or they simply like to collect an assortment of cabernet and pinot noir, a wine room is a must have.

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Luxury Design Trends - Marble Bathrooms

Marble Bathrooms

Marble is an expensive material that can be difficult to care for, making it an impractical choice for most people. The luxury home buyer isn’t concerned about practical. They have an entire room dedicated to wine. Marble is elegant and classic, and they want it on everything from the floors to the countertops.

 

 

 

 

 


Luxury Design Home Trends - Rooftop Terraces

 Rooftop Gardens

 

Rooftop gardens are an especially hot commodity when space is limited and the views a premium. In Boston, outdoor space is rare, even in the luxury market, so a rooftop terrace can be the feature that sways a home buyer. Besides, who wouldn’t want to sip wine on the roof with the view of the city surrounding you?

 

 

 

 

 

 


Luxury Home Design Trends 2014 - Elevator to the Roof Deck

Elevator to the Roof Deck

 Private Elevators 

Nothing says luxury like your very own elevator. Imagine stepping off the elevator right into your own foyer. Now, let’s take it a step further. Imagine taking your private elevator to your wine cellar for a bottle of Opus One then up to your roof deck terrace  for an amazing view and privacy. That’s exactly what you’ll get at some of the Boston Luxury Condo apartments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Luxury Home Design Trends - Amazing Views

Amazing Views

We’ve mentioned the importance of a good view already, but sometimes it isn’t the big windows or the terrace that makes the difference. It’s what you wake up to every day. An amazing view typically translates into a great location. Luxury home buyers are willing to spend big to get both.

Whether it’s the perfect location, an amazing view, a home theater or a game room that rivals a Boston theatre, luxury home owners know what they want. While oversize windows and wine rooms may be more common features, the one common thread is that luxury home buyers want their home to reflect their lifestyle and what they love.

 

 

 

 

 


Just when you think we’re done! Boston luxury home design trends 2014 list also include infinity pools, tennis courts, floor to ceiling windows, private movie theatres and home gyms.

Infinity Pools

Luxury home buyers want a relaxing escape from their busy lives, and that’s where infinity pools come in. Backyards become more like parks. Luxury homes near the oceanfront integrate infinity pools with the natural landscape of the ocean as the background. Feeling like one with nature.

Tennis Courts

Who needs a country club when you can have your very own tennis court? For tennis fans, having a tennis court in their backyard is a necessity. A private tennis court is a rare privilege and a favored amenity for luxury home buyers.

Floor to Ceiling Windows

Luxury home buyers buy property with incredible views or a beautiful landscape, and they want to capitalize on every bit of that having floor to ceiling windows installed. Large windows let in a lot of natural light and make spaces feel grander. Think of large windows like a canvas that sets the stage for the entire room. Nothing is grander than walking into a home and having a view of Boston or a panoramic view of the garden.

Private Movie Theatres

A theater may seem extravagant, but it’s just as common to a luxury home owner as the dining room. Home owners are likely to keep it stocked with their favorite candy, a popcorn machine and their favorite movies. It’s a great space for entertaining, especially for families. Cocktails are allowed and encouraged in your own theater.

Home Gyms

Money may not be able to buy happiness, but it can buy convenience. Convenience, that’s one thing luxury home buyers are willing to splurge on. Having a gym down the hall cuts down on a lot of excuses. A home gym also means you won’t have to stand in line for the next Glutes machine. Most luxury home buyers are often “recreation enthusiasts,” and that requires them to be physically fit.

Luxury Home Design Trends 2014


 

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Six Critical Decisions a Construction Manager helps you make

June 30th, 2014

There are so many decisions a home owner must make to get through a renovation project. This article narrows it down to six critical decisions a construction manager helps you make. Your custom builder will work with you and your Architect to get the job off to the right start.

If your project costs more than a few thousand dollars, it may be time to call in the professionals.

Six critical decisions a Construction Manager helps you make

  1. Lighting and electrical layout
  2. Selection of plumbing fixtures
  3. Appliance selections
  4. Selection of cabinets and any built-in cabinets
  5. Tile and stone selections
  6. Flooring selections

Lighting and electrical layout

Unless you’re an experienced electrician, it’s advisable to leave this part of the project to professionals. However, you should know your needs and be in on the planning of wiring and lighting installation. As with the functional design of the home living space, a good electrical plan begins with a diagram.

Home electrical wiring covers a lot of different things; the breaker box panel, home lighting, appliances and other high voltage electrical systems. Ovens, water heaters, clothes dryers, and HVAC (heating, venting, and air-conditioning) systems need high voltage. It might include low voltage systems like phone systems, doorbells, computer networks and home security systems as part of the wiring process.

Your construction manager knows the local codes and requirements for the kitchen, bathrooms, and outside outlets. There will be code requirements about dedicated circuits, a minimum number of kitchen circuits, minimum of outlets on each wall, and many others that might seem overwhelming at first. Once it is all done though, you’ll really be glad you followed all the regulations. It makes for a better house.

Selection of plumbing fixtures

Building a home requires installing systems to deliver water and remove waste. Determining the size and type of pipes needed for the drain, waste and vent (DWV) system, and your local plumbing codes is critical to success of your new or renovation project. Each jurisdiction follows specific Uniform Plumbing Code requirements for pipe sizes, they may need additions or deletions to the code. Your contractor must calculate the correct plumbing waste line sizes required for your construction project. Connaughton Construction will gladly guide you through the best choices for your home and project. Six Critical Decisions a Construction Manager helps you make. 3. Select Plumbing and Fixtures

Once the plumbing behind the walls is determined, selecting the fixtures for kitchen and baths include toiletsfaucets, sinks, and showers. Connaughton Construction can recommend the latest in technologies and features for your home, while maintaining the style of your existing room.

Appliance selections

We help clients select appliances and sinks during the preliminary design phase, which often comes before selecting the rest of the finishes and fixtures. This is so the plans can reflect the proper sizes, which will in turn affect the cabinetry layout.

It’s also time to decide whether or not you want a prep sink in addition to your main sink. At this point, by the way, it’s fine if you decide to change from a 36-inch range to a cooktop and wall oven.

By the time you get to final construction documents or order cabinets, however, these decisions must be finalized. The nice thing is that there are now a few big decisions that you can check off your list.

The decision on how many pendants to use affects how many junction boxes you need on the ceiling — and that decision needs to be made before plans get approved for permits and before the contractor closes up the drywall after rough electrical is done.

This is why the professional you hire may focus you on figuring out the lighting plan before picking out the countertops.

Selection of cabinets and any built-in cabinets

Six Critical Decisions a Construction Manager helps you make: 4. Cabinets and Built-in CabinetsThe selection of cabinets starts with the style – maybe classic, modernist, or old world charm – you envision in the appearance you want to portray in the room.

Rather than picking the cabinet wood species and finish color by itself, and then picking countertops and tile, I like to have my clients work on an overall palette of materials at the same time. Layer the materials and create collages of patterns, textures and colors to see what works best together.

Tile and stone selections

Order current samples of the materials you’re considering. Get a door sample with your style and finish for final approval. Make sure you go to the stone supplier and view and tag the actual slab of marble for your countertops, and make sure to order a current control sample of tile for your backsplash. All these extra steps will cut down on costly mistakes.

Decorative tile in the kitchen is a great way to express your personality and style, but proportion and scale are critical. Tile is a pretty permanent decision; once it’s up, it’s expensive to change. You or your designer should do color studies and pattern studies, and look at them alongside photos and samples to be absolutely sure you’re making the right choices.

Flooring selections

Matching the floor stain color is one of the most challenging phases of a project. If you’ve got original floors and plan to refinish just the kitchen — or are laying new wood floors to match the old for continuity — don’t expect a perfect match. Many floors in old homes are made of old-growth wood, and flooring is manufactured differently now. The natural patina of an old floor also is nearly impossible to match. Companies offering reclaimed wood floors can make that matching process easier.

In Summary

A good rule of thumb is if your project costs more than a few thousand dollars, it may be time to call in a pro. A construction manager has access to planning tools and technology that most homeowners do not. They have the inside scoop on trends, new materials, building codes and technical quirks. And their remodeling expertise can save you a lot of time, money and frustration. Use our tips to help the process flow smoothly from start to finish. Be prepared to share with your architect and PM what you like and what you hope to change to give a firm place to start. Do your research. Stay Flexible. Know your budget. Settle on a timeline and a number of draft plans. Keep changes minimal.

Finally be patient. A good plan takes time to create, and so does bringing it to life. Putting in effort on the front end, from choosing finishes to thinking through the work zone, will pay off in the long run. And the last thing you want is a rushed construction job — no matter how anxious you are to put your new kitchen to work.


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Luxury home renovation – Featured in New England Home

June 10th, 2014

The May/June 2014 Issue of New England Home magazine is featuring a luxury home renovation in a Boston brownstone with Connaughton Construction as the builder of choice. This renovation includes a refurbished grand staircase, a stairway turned into an elevator, a coal shoot turned wine cellar, an ornate skylight in a bathroom floor, and a roof deck. We tell it from the ground up.

A single family home, built in the late 1900’s, divided into multiple units decades later is once again renovated back to a single family. Who wouldn’t be seduced by its charm and elegance? Here you’ll find traditional architecture meets contemporary design.

Creative designs in this luxury home renovation

A wine cellar

An old coal shoot gets a new lease on life as a wine cellar. This was no easy task. There is always a water  issue in basements, or any room under ground. This room was no exception. However, professionals were hired to seal the deal. Luxury Home Renovation - coal shoot turned wine cellar

Stain glass skylight in bathroom floor

Luxury Home Renovation - stained glass skylight in bathroom floorA stain glass floor in the master bath is a skylight to the stairwell below. An amazing way to light up a bath with natural light while adding unique architectural charm.

A new elevator

A stairway was turned into an elevator accessible from all five stories. The stair hall had to be reconfigured to fit the elevator. The elevator runs from the basement to the roof deck where you’re view of the iconic prudential building. Who wouldn’t enjoy this  private deck for sunning during the day until cocktails and star lit skies at night?

Roof deck

The roof deck is private lounging area looking toward the prudential building. Looking east is set for dining and cocktails with a vision of starry skies and the city all light up. Luxury Home Renovation - Elevator to roof deck

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury home renovation – Featured in New England Home


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