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family and friends to stay for long periods without having to leave the property. "I developed a double-gabled scheme clad in stone and shingles, with stepped-back wings, all of which helped de-emphasize the home's heft. Keeping the building's proportions internally consistent, if not quite human scaled, I designed substantial exterior details, like 14-foot-tall columns, 10-foot-high doors, a monumental 12-foot-high Romanesque archway at the entrance, and weighty trim and moldings. Inside, ceilings are 10-feet high, and one commodious space gives way to another along two central spines," Ahearn wrote in Timeless. Ahearn and his wife bought their Wellesley Farms cottage in 1989. Then, as he is now, Ahearn was enamored of the concept of the neigh- borhood, an "anti-suburbia" that has the character of Beacon Hill in a country setting. "The houses are intimate in scale and attuned to the topography and landscaping," he said in an interview. "At the time, we had three kids with a fourth on the way. I wanted to take the train to work (in Boston) and have a country house." As he explains in his book, in 1989, weeds had surrounded the cot- tage and the previous owners had replaced the original wood-shake roof with asphalt shingles. Despite its disrepair and the smallness of the home's three bedrooms and two bathrooms, Ahearn knew he could build upon Wills' feeling for scale and nostalgia, interests he shares with the architect, and still enlarge and renovate the cottage. After finding the original plans in the attic, Ahearn at the time asked himself, if it were 1936 and he'd had a larger program for this house, "What would Royal Barry Wills have done?" He decided to expand the structure in a way that it would appear as if it had grown over time. He doubled the size of the building, to 4,000 square feet, by adding wings to both sides, extending the entrance, and creating a carriage house from the base of the one-story garage. In 2016, Ahearn bought a neighboring barn that he said seamlessly meshes with the property. When expanding and renovating his 1936 English-countryside-inspired house in Wellesley, Ahearn worked with the themes, materials, and scale of the existing building. G R E G P R E M R U 180 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 books "good design changes how people live their lives"

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