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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space that spills forward from the kitchen to a new, light-filled den. It is a comfort- able, casual place for friends and family to flop, and a far cry from the old former liv- ing room. A prior owner had added a large rear-facing dining room and porch that take advantage of a brook, a pool, and a wooded lot. The current owners, the happy benefi- ciaries of the two re-dos, enjoy them both, pointing out that "come summer this turns into our vacation house." A Big/Little House The author and her husband modified their Sherburn Circle in the 1980s. After their last child left the nest, they created a big/little house. They occupied half of it when the kids were gone, yet could accommodate friends and, eventually, grandchildren. By adding only a great room they received many of the same advantages as the other homes described: a private master suite, a commodious dining room, an expanded kitchen with eating space, and an inviting, casual place to entertain. True, the lower-level master remained less than ideal. The utility room had to be crossed any time they shuttled between the bathroom and the master closet, but moving a furnace never even occurred to them. It took another decade for different—and younger—owners to envision and execute that move. Although the Magnantis left the woods behind these houses for future generations to enjoy, they shaved the front yards clean. 127 w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Landscaping began—with spindly trees and foundation-hiding evergreens—when building was completed. Today, the trees that spread over the wide lawns look like grand old dames. Some homes are obscured from view by foliage; some have decorative grasses that speak to new trends in landscaping. The place has grown up with the old blending with the new, and the aging-in-place oldsters holding down the fort of stability. The younger generations are adding style and panache. It works.

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