Greenish Ultman House Rehab in Boston

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This house is kind of greenish and kind of modish, but not really all the way on either of those, if you know what I mean.  But that’s not a bad thing at all — I really like the design.  As reported by, Oz and North Ultman moved from Portland to Boston (Newburyport) and decided to renovate an old house.  With the design help of architect Dan Hisel, they took an hundred plus year old home and overhauled it throughout.

The result is kind of interesting, isn’t it?  On the whole, the home maintains its traditional shape and color, but that porch box just grabs your attention.  I think it’s a nice way to draw natural light into the interior and also to open up the interior to outside elements.

Of course, renovating a hundred year old house can be quite the endeavor, so they have green props on that front.  And although they didn’t use all green materials like some of the homes we feature, the Ultmans added insulation and changed out the windows.  Light green props there, too.

Noticed at AMNP; photo credit: Eric Roth.

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  • david

    i think it a nice blend of modern and traditional. it also allows the outdoor to come into the house. i can imagine a warm summer evening sipping cocktails with the back of the hosue wide open.


    It tells us a lesson that we don’t have to do a fanciful architecture to grab people’s attention. A minimal gesture is suffice.

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