Gilmore Building Company collaborated with the owners, Rey Architecture and John Marro AIA Architect to create this classic Greek Revival home. In order to build, the owners purchased the last vacant lot that was available on South Street in Grafton. South Street has a collection of New England historic homes, most of which were built in the 1800’s. There are classic Greek Revival, Italianate, and even some Queen Anne homes located along Grafton MA South Street.
The owners came to Gilmore Building Co with a well defined list of “must haves” for their new home regarding interior features, but they did not have the exterior as clearly defined. Their simple instructions, “make our home look like it was built in the 1800’s, and have it fit in along with the others on South Street.” So the project team created the classic Greek Revival style home with the gable to the road shown on the right. The large front gables and welcoming front porch accomplished the goal of making the home look like it was built 200 years ago.
However, the interior was set-up with a modern wide open layout that was specific to the owner’s needs. Also, the home was built utilizing today’s most efficient and technically advanced building science technologies. The first floor contained a master suite, a large open “clean” kitchen for entertaining that opens up to the great room and dining area, and a second “baking/dirty” kitchen for food prep. The second floor contains two bedrooms, 2 baths and an art studio.
Upon completion of the home, the owner asked to create a workshop / barn for him in the back of their property. A 1-story structure, with red board and batten siding was built into the existing hillside, which minimized its impact upon the overall property.
Owner's Review / Testimonial:
"For our project, we wanted to build a house that "fit in" on a street full of charming 19th century New England style homes. Eric Gilmore, president of Gilmore Building Co., a custom home builder in central MA, worked with us and the architect to develop a concept that combined our custom floor plan goals with the new old home traditional architecture concept using the Greek Revival style prevalent on the street.
We are now moved in and enjoying all the hard work that Eric and his team put in to the painstakingly designed, quality built, energy efficient home that has all the features we asked for -- and it fits right into the neighborhood."