Brae Burn Modern Newton, MA
Brae Burn Modern Newton, MA

Warm Modern in Newton

This new house is located in a quiet residential neighborhood development founded in the 1920’s. The neighborhood is in transition, and new larger homes are replacing the original modest-sized houses. Our design is intended to exist harmoniously with its traditional neighbors, with elements like divided lite windows and hip roofs reflecting traditional design in the area. The sloping roofline steps down, echoing the slope of the property, and keeps the house in scale with the neighborhood.

Our clients wanted a home designed to accommodate the needs of growing family. The entry hall features a sculptural glass, steel and wood stair. Practical considerations included a mudroom for mounds of sports equipment and outdoor gear, and a basement gym. The house is centered around a great room, featuring a massive double-sided chimney. This layout by Flavin Architects became the canvas for Interior Designer Lindsay Bentis. The final touch was a family room with a sliding glass door connected to an outdoor stone terrace that overlooks gardens designed by landscape architect Michael D’Angelo.

This family home exhibits many of the hallmarks of our Natural Modern design philosophy. It is a testament to what can be done when the history of a site and the needs of the client receive real consideration.

modern exterior home glowing at dusk with birch trees in the foreground
modern family room interior with manarola armchair
sectional couch in modern family room with sliding doors to outdoor terrace
custom wood steel and glass staircase in cathedral ceiling foyer
cathedral ceiling foyer with modern ball chandelier

I had a lovely experience working with Colin and Howard of Flavin Architects. They are thoughtful, professional and great collaborators. Working on a new house together, they were creative and a great resource for myself and the client.
LINDSAY BENTIS, THREAD ART AND DESIGN

The couple commissioned Flavin Architects to design their house. The firm, known for its natural, contemporary aesthetic, was the perfect fit. “We wanted modern, but also warm,” the wife explains—a house that would still fit in with its traditional neighbors. In other words, something different, but not too different. “We can be as different as desired,” says principal architect Howard Raley, who worked alongside firm founder Colin Flavin. “They didn’t turn that dial way up.” At 8,885 square feet, the house has clean lines and lots of glass, but doesn’t feel “austere or out of place,” Flavin says, thanks to the team’s nods to New England design.
"Traveling Home," Boston Home Magazine, 2020
modern powder room with floating vanity
modern french doors between living and family rooms
interior mudroom with built-in bench
modern furnished interior of screen porch
modern interior mudroom with wood cabinet lockers
bathroom with baby blue penny round and subway tile
cad drawing floor plan

Credits

General Contractor

Derba Construction

Landscape Architect

Michael D’Angelo Landscape Architecture

Interior Designer

Thread Art and Design

Civil Engineer

Peter Nolan + Associates

Structural Engineer

Siegel Associates

Stair Fabricator

Make Architectural Metalworking

Photographer

Nat Rea Photography

Publications

“Windows to the World,” Boston Magazine, 2020

“Traveling Home,” Boston Home, 2020

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