March 21, 2023

Somerville, you beauty!

We have many lovely clients in Somerville, and this is an area of greater Boston we are extremely familiar with and love to work in.

Some things we absolutely love about Somerville are:

Its people.

Somerville’s proximity to Boston (about 4 miles away—an easy commute by car, bicycle or a simple hop on the T).

Davis Square Handcrafted Donuts and Bagels.

A snapshot of the current Somerville real estate scene:

According to there are currently approximately 114 homes for sale in Somerville, ranging from $549,000 to $10,000,000.

The Architectural styles in Somerville generally range from Federalist and Greek Revival to Italianate and Queen Anne.

Let me take you through a beautiful home addition we did in Somerville:

An Elegant Two-Story Home Addition with an Indoor Glass Aviary

At NEDC we were tasked with the challenge of designing this family’s Somerville home makeover including a two-story custom addition with key interior design elements.

A primary challenge both practically and aesthetically was the creation of an indoor, two-story glass Aviary to comfortably house the family’s exotic pet birds while providing relaxed beauty and a sense of freedom.  This enclosure includes first and second story walk-in access to the Aviary, interior seating, and is framed by a three-level custom staircase which also provides access to the newly built 2nd and 3rd floors.

The inimitable Blade of Grass handled exterior design and landscaping.  We absolutely love them and would highly recommend them for any landscaping design and creative needs!

This home was out of date and smaller than ideal for the clients.  They had a number of exotic pet birds and desired to create a custom, large-scale space that would serve as a new home for their pets as well as a visual centerpiece for the home. The clients saw themselves staying in this home long-term and wanted to create the sanctuary space they have always desired.

These clients desired their Aviary have a Moroccan style, design and feel. We achieved this with the light fixtures, the floor tile design, and fountain accent.

We at NEDC were responsible for both the creative design and artisan-level execution.

The aesthetics of this project was capped with a beautiful exterior rooftop deck with panoramic views of Boston.


This Incredible Indoor Aviary project was featured here on

What is Architectural Design Build?

What are the primary client benefits of Architectural Design Build?

The ability to accurately value engineer any project to the client’s envisioned investment – ensuring both quality and budget expectations are realized.

Save time. We are doing both the design and build as an integrated whole – thus it’s an efficient, seamless process with complete planning and a smooth, natural transition from the design process to artisan build.

Our clients save money. We have very few change orders as we are operating with complete planning from conceptual design through final punch list.

Reduce stress. This is a big point – as we offer full service architectural design build services from concept to completion on a single platform, the client doesn’t end up having to coordinate or run the project.  We do.  It’s simple.  There are no dropped balls, and the project can actually be artistic and enjoyable!  Imagine that!  (Our work is also covered by a three-year warranty).

Actually enjoy the creative process of creating your dream home!


Architectural Design & Remodeling Trends in Somerville:

Design-Bid-Build is the process which has been introduced over the past 150 years or so whereby you hire an architect to draft plans and design your project. You then have it bid out to contractors seeking to perform the project.

This approach has many liabilities for the client due in no small part to the fragmented spheres of responsibilities. There is no single person or entity fully accountable to the client for the entire project’s success. Thus you can have impractical and expensive design work, impractical planning, numerous change orders, shoddy craftsmanship, and projects which are off timeline and over budget. In the end, the client can be left damaged. You may have experienced this in the past.

Design-Build is clearly the way to go if you want to save on time and money, reduce stress, and eliminate a fragmented sense of project responsibility in the people working for you.

Design-Build is turned to by professionals, families, and individuals as the cutting edge of efficiency, aesthetics, practicality, and accountability when it comes to designing and remodeling a home. This approach packages architectural and interior design services with highly-skilled building and remodeling services.

This natural synthesis makes for a simple, efficient, and accountable creative process and a streamlined and responsible execution process, reducing cost, time of execution and client stress throughout. You’ll only work with one fully accountable firm.

This is a short film we produced last year to clearly show the legacy of the Architect as Master Builder – the approach we fully embrace.


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David Muñiz Supple 

Published March 21, 2023 | By

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