Merle Thorpe Architects

Regency Renewed

For this project, we executed a complete transformation of a suburban, design-build house from the early 1980s. While the original house held obvious attachment as the place where the owners raised their three daughters, the owners felt that they had outgrown its original style and furnishings. They hired Merle and legendary interior designer Sam Morrow to help them incorporate the taste and details that they had come to appreciate during their trips abroad, while still retaining the scale and intimacy of a family home.

The design was animated by a collaborative, deliberate and methodical exploration of every feature of the owners’ lives, and of how their house could be renovated to fit their aesthetic and functional sensibilities. This project was successful because we were able to interpret the owners’ desire to structure their lives within a specific sensibility of form and order – in this case, the restrained, elegant simplicity of the English Regency style. The project showcases the quality attainable in residential projects when the owners, design team and general contractor achieve a successful collaboration, and share a commitment and capacity for flawless design and execution.




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