WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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PHOTO BY RICHARD MANDELKORN / COURTESY OF JAN GLEYSTEEN ARCHITECTS INC.AND INTERIORS A Labor of Love A custom window seat maximizes space without minimizing old world charm in this renovation by Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc. this tiny backstairs and at the top, there's the world's smallest bath- equal to the value of the home. If there is nothing worth saving, histor- room," says Gleysteen. In such cases, a teardown is often more viable. ically or in terms of quality, you may be better off fiscally to tear it Interior designer Laura Brooks Meyer of Meyer & Meyer down and start from scratch. Architecture and Interiors says that emotion plays an important part Interior designer Judy O'Neil Labins lives in a home that was built home and I just want to restore them.' Every case will be client specific around 1780. "What I think people need to respect about old houses is and site specific," she says. "In other words I don't think there really is a the imperfection. You will spend a minor fortune if you try to get an formula. People are very emotional about their homes and they often old house within striking distance of the amenities that a new house have a sense of, 'this is where I belong and what I want my home to has," she says. "But what you get in return is that age-worn patina that feel like.' " If she has a rule, it's to only renovate to the point that is 50 A Matter of Preference everything new.' [Others] will say, 'I love the historic features of the We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 in the decision. "Some people say, 'absolutely tear down and build can't be duplicated." Put a marble on Labins' floor, she says, and it will

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