WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

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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Sherburn Circle 126 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 Sherburn Facts n WHEN BUILT, the original homes cost between $40,000 and $45,000. n AS OF NOW, five have been torn down. Two of the replacements have three-car garages. Additionally, three renovated homes also have three-car garages. n SIX ARE STILL OCCUPIED by original owners. Floor space has never been added in five of these, but in all, the kitchens and one or more baths have been updated. n THREE ARE OCCUPIED by children of the original owners. n MANY NOW HAVE or have had two or three generations living together at the same time. to stay for extended periods of time. The couple, who call themselves "serial renovators," began modifying their house soon after moving in, in the 1990s. Then, after living in the space and getting to know it, they renovated their own renovations. The result was a complete makeover, integrating modifications and additions with each other and with the existing space. First, there is now a front entry with a wide staircase leading to and from the upper level only. The tiny entry platform between levels is gone. Second, they built a new three-car garage with a generous-sized dining room above, that seamlessly connects to the kitchen and to a new media room beyond. Third, a rear addition stretches across the entire original living/dining area. It houses a soaring great room with a stairwell to the lower level. Old spaces have new functions: the former garage is now a guest suite, the old den and office is outfitted for their children's use, and the entire original bedroom portion of the house was transformed into a spacious and gorgeous master suite. Comfortable and Casual In some cases, alterations have been made over time by a series of owners. In another house, the most recent work altered the front façade—and in doing so created a front hallway worthy of the name. By building 15-feet closer to the street, these renovators also created an entertaining

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