Epstein Joslin Architects

Private Dwellings

The Small House

Allston, MA

A modest yet dramatic house with an in-law apartment seeks to efficiently maximize the capacity of a narrow site. The split-level organization on the lower levels recalls the family's Brooklyn roots while creating generous room height in the kitchen and family room, and an outdoor sunken patio for the in-law apartment. Generous windows with overhangs on the south side bring ample light and warmth in the winter, and protection in the summer. A tall vertical space connecting all floors around the stair provides a dramatic entry and open area that connects the couple's two studies. A roof deck with dining terrace allows social gatherings to enjoy the sun and views to the Charles River and Cambridge skyline in the distance.

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Project Cost


Project Size

2,700 sq. ft.

80 Trowbridge Street Cambridge, MA 02138 telephone: 617-868-1766 fax: 617-661-1148