Tiered Modern Newton, MA
Tiered Modern Newton, MA

Newton Modern

The design process we employed on this project, a home for a young family in Newton, has become a benchmark for our firm’s approach. The drawings shown here illustrate our firm’s design process of combining three dimensional computer modeling with evocative hand sketches. A good example is the hand drawn site plan on the right. From the beginning, we aim to understand the entirety of the property. The house placement is organized to address privacy, and take advantage of views. Our initial studies don’t stop at the edge of the house, they include outside terraces, walks, driveways, and plantings. Taking the time to understand the whole property helps us create the best possible design.

Once a general layout has been agreed, we use three dimensional modeling to study the movement of the sun throughout the year using a solar rose diagram. This allows us to carefully model how the sun falls on the home. Our homes are designed to bring the sun in during the winter months, and to limit sun during the summer.

Hand Sketches

We return to hand drawings to flesh out the design of project, thinking through the specifics of the home and receive client feedback and approval. Our hand sketches demonstrate general concepts, and encourage collaboration with our client throughout the design process. As we finalize the design, we move to using our three dimensional software to develop a more exacting rendition of the design, including materials and interiors.


General Contractor

Haven Builders

Landscape Architect

Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture

Land Surveyor + Civil Engineer

Everett M. Brooks Co.

Structural Engineer

Webb Structural Services

Landscape Construction

AMR Landscape Associates

MEP Engineer

Suburban HVAC

Solar Design

NEC Solar


Nine Points Woodworking

Technology Design


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