Modern home playfully and precisely designed
Designed by an MIT architect, Maurice Smith, for an MIT professor, this contemporary home seems both a gleeful jumble of box-shaped rooms and a sober exercise in precise geometric design. Its dark brown fir siding blends into the bucolic setting of its 1.8-acre lot. For building materials, Smith used a variety of woods - ceilings are knotty pine; walls are fir; and the kitchen countertops and cabinets are oak.
Exposed red bricks and flooring tiles are from Dennis Ruabon, a Welsh clay quarry.
In every major room the walls are topped with large windows, connecting the homeowner to the world outside.
The first-floor kitchen has thick planks of oak for counters and a four-person eating area. Across the hall, is a spacious home office with an exit door. The dining room is truly unique: The chandelier is designed by the architect himself and is made of pipes; the table is an oak plank of unusual geometric shapes. In this room and others, there are also built-in cabinets.
Next is a large living room with a working fireplace, exposed brick walls, and towering ceilings.
A stairwell leads to a bedroom with a private bath.
The two primary bedrooms on the second floor are large, with high ceilings and decks. The master is very large, private, and has built-in custom cabinetry and full bath. The basement is finished.
Listing broker Larry Lawfer of Re/Max Landmark in Wellesley is holding an open house today from 1 to 3 p.m.