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 Well-planned kitchen renovations, like this design by Jan Gleysteen, combine modern amenities with the charm of yesteryear. A Labor of Love In the Case of a Serious Restoration Match paint colors, harmonize architecture, and, in the case of a serious restoration, talk to a preservation consultant. "Preservation consultants educate a person on what they have and what's significant and also provide advice on how to proceed with an historic property," says Gleysteen. If you want to restore your home to landmark status, you'll have to be prepared to rebuild it exactly as it was once built. "They don't make windows like that anymore so there are specialists that can re-create windows with the winching," he says. "Restoration is not undertaken by the uninitiated — you need experienced craftsmen." Meyer & Meyer recently restored a home originally built in 1894 for Gardner Greene Hubbard, one of the founders of the Bell Telephone Company and the first president of the National Geographic Society. The house was later owned by Woodrow Wilson's daughter who added onto the house, including the living room. Meyer & Meyer refinished the Depression-era woodwork in the living room's window seat, bookcases, and ceiling beams, but kept the design, layout, and period details that enhance the home's unique historical significance. Soft accent lights were added to showcase the current homeowner's artwork. Laura Meyer says that there are amazing artisans out there who can match any texture and any paint color. These skilled artists can re-create glass and wood work exactly as they once were made. The Ravages of Time 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 Anyone who remembers the old movie, The Money Pit, knows what's coming next — horror stories about digging out the foundation only to find a water main on the verge of bursting. There could be undiscovered fire damage in the attic or an old chimney that's lounging on memories and a little sand. Meyer says you never know what you're 54

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