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Grand Slam

“Although I do a lot in 3-D on my computer, so much of our work is still by hand,” LaMora explains. “In the field, with levels and rulers and pencil and paper, I will sketch something out right on the wall, to scale, and then I will convert that to a program that the clients are really able to understand and see how their home will actually look.”

Classen, akin to the Manager in the baseball metaphor, was on the project from the beginning since she had worked with the clients on their other home. She and LaMora worked together seamlessly from some of the most preliminary stages, which fed the collaborative effort both credit for the project’s overall success. “This project was special in so many ways that it is hard to say it was any one thing,” Classen states. “It was a dream project, with a dream team.”

The last member of the dream team, sort of like the Pitching Coach calling up the closer, was Glenn Meader, principal at Good Life New England in Norwell, a unique design firm that specializes in cabinetry, built-ins and award-winning kitchen design. The homeowner’s passion for cooking and her respect for a well-functioning kitchen was paramount to the success of the project and each member of the team took the challenge and ultimate success very seriously.

Meader, being the third member to characterize the collaboration as a team only found in dreams says, “This project was challenging, with real gratifying success at the end. I can’t emphasize enough how the team that worked on this project just clicked. We had a shared vision, we could easily pick-up where another left off, we could practically finish each other’s sentences. It was really one of the best projects ever.”

The kitchen Meader’s team created includes a massive island that provides plenty of prep space for the cook and several helpers, and it also carved out seating for four in a unique corner application instead of along one side like so many other designs might have ordinarily provided. An absence of upper cabinets to allow for sun-drenched views meant that storage needed to be deliberate and well thought out. “Working with Glenn was like working with a Zen Master, “ Classen recalls. “We used a peg system in the drawers for dish storage, so literally every single thing in the kitchen had a place created just for it. There is even a hidden corner in the baking corner of the perimeter cabinets. Every detail was considered and worked into the plan.”

Classen’s expertise as a designer is evident in the subtle yet distinctive elements found throughout the home, particularly the lighting package. In the kitchen, instead of relying simply on recessed lighting in the vaulted ceiling, Classen sourced brass library sconces and perched them above the bank of windows that soar above the quartz counters that top the lower cabinets. Oversized classic brass and milk-glass pendants hang over the island, punctuating its presence. An upstairs bath’s blue color palette is enhanced by the blue hue found on the inside of more antique brass sconces.

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