114 Jaques St. is a grand slam single family renovation in the heart of Somerville, MA. A complete departure from the cookie-cutter, neutral binge prevalent throughout the Boston real estate market.
I sold this home to Emilie & Josh 8 years ago, and they have been very busy! I remember walking through it and discussing the work they would want to do. Many of my clients have this discussion – few follow through in this fashion. I am honored to be handling the marketing for them, and very excited to be featured in Boston Magazine this week!
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While you may find a home that is larger or newer – I think you will be hard pressed to find a home that is as complete as this one. An enormous amount of thought and workmanship have gone into this design. Fastidious attention to detail, creative design, artisan skill and cutting edge efficiency combine. Let’s take a tour of 114 Jaques St, from the bottom to the top.
The first thing you’re going to notice is that this basement is immaculate. Most never give this part of their home a thought. Emilie & Josh made theirs a welcoming place to do laundry, work on projects, brew beer, and there’s even a summer kitchen with vent hood and fridge!
In order to make this basement so dry and clean, 6 inches of concrete was removed, and a new floor poured. Perma-Dry french drains and sump pump were installed around the perimeter and the whole basement patched and coated in DryLock. Window wells and new bulkhead were added as well as a built-in E-Z Breathe dehumidifier.
The home is heated by Weil McLain High Efficiency Gas Boiler (WM97) and the hot water is delivered by Weil McLain Aqua Plus 45 Indirect with Flex 2 Hydronic Expansion Tank (SXHT).
The Samsung washer and dryer (WF365BTBGW and DV365GTBGW) are up on platforms to make loading and unloading a snap. There’s even a folding table!
There is a new 200amp electrical circuit panel, a fire rated door with direct access to the driveway and an antique soapstone double sink – can you imagine getting that down in the basement?
Finally, there is 4” of dense pack cellulose insulation in the side walls, 10” in the overhang and the 3rd floor has spray foam insulation.
You will find the floor plan familiar, as the style of this home is a common Boston archetype, however there is nothing else common about it. The first floor has gorgeous oak floors with the exception of the kitchen and the butler’s pantry, which have luxurious cork flooring. Afternoon light makes the kitchen literally glow.
The kitchen, butler’s pantry and half bath are really something to behold. Emilie’s father is a master finish carpenter who provided custom finish woodworking throughout the home. The kitchen cabinets are select grade cherry with soft close hardware and drawer pulls in an antique oil rubbed finish. No expense was spared on the custom soapstone countertops, and solid backsplash, beautifully accentuated by a hammered copper sink and faucet. Old fashioned schoolhouse pendant lights hang over the butcher block island. Emilie & Josh chose a 36” Bertazzoni stove, Bosch dishwasher and counter depth Fisher & Paykel fridge.
The butler’s pantry has a soapstone sink and a custom folding cherry workstation as well as a shallow depth cupboard. The pantry separates the half bath from the kitchen. The powder room has a fun little wall sink, penny tile floors an adorable little radiator.
The dining room has a classic mantle accented with Giorbello glass tile, a replica period burner and bow front windows.
As you head upstairs you’ll notice the stamped tin ceilings and the stained glass window in the stairway which was sourced from a church in Western Massachusetts. The stairs open to a spacious landing with four bedrooms and a full bath. The smallest of the rooms will make an excellent office or nursery, while the other three are larger and fairly equal in size – however each has a surprise! The front room has an ingenious, custom Murphy bed handmade of quarter sawn oak. The other two bedrooms each have bookcases with secret closets hidden behind them, and one has a little juliette balcony overlooking the rear garden area and deck.
Nothing was spared when renovating the baths in this home. The 2nd floor full bath has a luxurious shower with little niches in the wall and very tasteful tile. You’ve probably noticed that Emilie & Josh replicated some of the tile throughout the home to create a truly cohesive design. The hardware, fixtures and finishes are a perfect mix of modern and classic. Top it off with heated towel rack and floors!
The third floor is perfection. The 12” tall master suite has a functional and beautiful custom built in window seat made of maple and butternut with extra storage drawers. There is a large wardrobe closet and a lovely sitting area situated under skylights with blackout shades. Enjoy your morning coffee or a good book in from of the antique marble fireplace which has been customized with a gas insert to look reminiscent of a period coal burner.
The master bathroom is opulent. Another custom mahogany window seat runs from the vanity to the shower and then continues inside the shower in marble. The shower is fully vaulted with a tasteful basketweave tile and has body jets, a rain shower and a handset. Honestly, this bathroom is going to make someone very, very late for work.
The vanity is truly unique, made of custom mahogany, a marble counter top and a long custom mahogany sink with two period faucets. The finale is a stunning Goodwin clawfoot tub with Strom period faucetry. This bathroom also has a heated towel rack and floors.
The grounds have been given the same love and attention as the inside. The house is surrounded by myriad plantings including:
- Ornamental pear
- White lilac tree
- Juniper ground cover
- Tea rose bushes
- Snow Drops
- Black Eyed Susans
- Purple Asters
- Lily Of the Valley
- Day Lilies
Additional landscaping includes weed guard, window wells and adjusting the grade to ensure proper runoff. No one ever does this stuff! I’m so proud!
The driveway will hold 2-3 cars and there is an Oasis bike bollard. (Don’t forget there is direct access to the basement from this area as well.) The owners build new fencing and a new deck for entertaining, shaded by a Taylor Made retractable awning perfect for a little gathering al fresco.
- Exterior paint 2018
- Custom shades throughout
- Nest thermostats
- American Standard Central Air w/Accuclean “whole house filter”
- 9 panel solar system
- Ceiling fans in bedrooms
- Crown molding
- Security cameras