JSD’s new design associates, Alex Muentener (L) and Craig Bender (R)
J. Schwartz Design is thrilled to announce the appointment of Craig Bender and Alex Muentener as our new design associates. Craig and Alex are both currently attending Boston Architectural College as architecture students, and both bring a wealth of experience and talent to our growing studio.
Craig most recently served as a designer and draftsman for Julia Chuslo Architects in Duxbury, MA, and he previously worked as an interior architect and project manager for Wheelfish Perfomance Pub and Hayes Design Group in Pittsburgh, PA.
Alex’s experience includes serving as a design associate at Room & Board in Boston and a freelance draftsperson at Mark Bombara Interiors also in Boston. He previously worked as a junior CAD operator for Montroy Andersen and DeMarco in New York, NY, as well as a survey field crew member for Anderson Livingston Engineers in York, ME.
Craig and Alex have both already started working with our clients, and I hope many of you will have an opportunity to meet them in the coming weeks. Welcome, Craig and Alex!
The return of cooler temperatures, pumpkin everything, and nature changing before our eyes tells us that fall is officially here. As days grow shorter and nights get crisper, I know the five home design ideas below will enrich the interior and exterior of your house, and all your autumns for years to come:
This Rumford fireplace in a coastal Maine renovation efficiently radiates heat into the room.
A Rumford fireplace: Physician Benjamin Thompson (Count Rumford) was a student of the properties of heat. In the 1790s he introduced a tall, shallow fireplace design that remains today as energy efficient as a clean burning stove. Regardless of your home’s pedigree—Colonial, Contemporary, Arts and Crafts, Victorian or Greek Revival—your mason can construct a firebox incorporating Rumford proportions and you will be toasty warm as the heat radiates on you and not up the chimney. Along with adding heat, fireplaces are often important decorative elements that add extra style, symmetry, and a place for displaying art or collections. Your architecture and design team can bring extra warmth to your room with customized designs for the hearth, mantle, chimney and surround to suit your aesthetic preferences.
- Lovingly restored antique windows: The North Bennet Street school in Boston’s North End has been training artisans in the craft of antique window restoration for years. We often refer our clients to these experts, who have restored hundreds of sashes and tested products and techniques for the New England climate. Refurbishing windows requires a significant amount of time and labor, but your reward will be in their functionality, longevity, and authentic connection to your home’s character. A 100-year-old window properly restored will last another hundred years.
Landscaping with specimen fieldstone: As we transition into cooler days and your summer blooms have faded, you may notice that your outdoor environment can use some TLC. Fall is a great time to address renovating your site. If your budget allows, stay away from manufactured stone and its sterile look. Our architectural designs often incorporate indigenous fieldstone that will celebrate the contours of your property and strike a balance between the style of your home and its surrounding environment.
- A radiant heated floor in your master bathroom: Heated bathroom flooring is a master bath feature that’s too often overlooked, but it’s so nice to to wake up to when temperatures drop outside. Constructed with either electric mats (below your tile floor) or hydronic heating that uses heated water distributed through a complex tubing system, both types are best used as a supplemental source of heat. With the flip of a switch, you’ll quickly have toasty toes.
- A Brahms Mount made in Maine soft wool throw: Soft and luxurious and available in beautiful autumnal colors, these hand-loomed textiles will add visual warmth to nearly every living space (and will keep you cozy, too).
Happy autumn. Enjoy.