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  • Podcast Ep 5- John Rufo from Form + Place

    February 7, 2019

    John Rufo, AIA has over two decades in the business of making places.  He is one of the principles at Form + Place, a Newton, MA based architectural firm.  Form + Place was founded in 2011 with the goal of helping private, non-profit and public-sector clients formulate initial development visions and bring them to reality through a creative and collaborative design process.  With over twenty years of experience in commercial, institutional and residential architecture and planning, John's projects span all commercial building types from retail, office, hospitality and mixed

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  • Best of Boston 2019!

    January 16, 2019

    We are honored to share the news that we have been chosen the Best of Boston in the Builders & Craftsman category for 2019.  Over the last 14 years, we have been constantly looking to improve on our craft and execute for our customers.  This includes hiring the best tradesman and vendors, continuous and open communication with our customers and collaborating as a team to deliver at the highest possible level.  We are also very grateful for all of the amazing projects that we have been able to work on over the years.  While an honor like this gives us some sense of valid

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  • Podcast Ep 4- J.B. Clancy from Albert, Righter & Tittmann

    January 15, 2019

    J.B. Clancy, AIA is a very thoughtful and inquisitive architect from Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects (ART).  ART was founded in 1996 and has become one of the leading and most sought-after architectural firms in Boston.  J.B. and the ART team have a deep appreciation for the history of architecture and how it relates to our modern times.  From sketching at the start of all of their projects to their staff traveling the world, ART brings a unique set of skills, knowledge and expertise to all of their discerning clients.  J.B. provides great insight into his process

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  • Hawthorn Builders Featured on Houzz

    December 4, 2018

    Best of the Week: 34 Brilliant Bathroom Vanities

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  • White Makes Bright

    September 14, 2018

    We were excited to be a part of the September - October 2018 edition of New England Home............ It’s no mystery why white has become a perennial favorite for kitchens.  White projects a pleasing sense of order and cleanliness, it adapts to just about every style from classic to modern, and it won’t clash with the palette of nearby rooms.  That said, a wise design team knows all that pale loveliness runs the risk of feeling cold and sterile. For the kitchen in this new home in Needham, Massachusetts, Jessica Chabot and Ryan McDonnell of Hawthorn Builders cozied things up ni

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  • New England Home – A Complete Home Renovation in Three Phases

    September 12, 2018

    We were recently featured in an New England Home, online article.  The story details how going through his own renovation projects has made Ryan a better business owner.... Here is a peak at the article....The thirteen years that Ryan McDonnell has owned Needham-based Hawthorn Builders have been an education in an often complicated industry, a time period during which the former accountant and his business partner, Mathew Roth, turned a nascent real-estate company into a full-scale custom home building firm. Though McDonnell attributes much

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  • Podcast Ep 3- Designer Tips

    Eric Haydel, an Interior Designer, was our guest on this episode of Design Wise.  In addition to working with clients, Eric has produced several product lines and has a showroom in the Boston Design Center.   As an Allied Member, he is also the youngest President of the Board of Directors for the New England Chapter of ASID.  Since taking this position, Eric has spearheaded a total restructuring of the ASID development program. This resulted in the organization raising a substantial amount of funds through corporate sponsorships, partnerships and individual memberships - ma

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  • Podcast Ep 2- Studio Life

    August 20, 2018

    Carolyn Mackin, our guest on this episode of Design Wise, is an artist based out of Wellesley, MA.  Her artwork is about embracing and celebrating life, and living with intention and passion.  Her abstract, multi-layered paintings reflect her journey through life.  Inspired by traveling, city life, white light, and intimate connections, Carolyn creates mixed media paintings through an intuitive process of layering acrylic and oil paint, oil pastels, paint pens, graphite and paper.  For Carolyn, cities are wonderfully exciting places filled with possibility, vibran

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  • Podcast Ep 1- The Making of a Sharpshooter

    August 16, 2018

    Michael J. Lee, our guest on this episode of Design Wise, is an interior photographer in Boston.  Michael J. Lee founded his photography studio in 2007 with the intention of transitioning his experience as an interior designer and creative director to the art of photographing the work of leading architects and interior designers.  His work has been featured in numerous design publications and cover stories in regional and national magazines.   Michael’s photography has contributed to the country’s leading design professionals securing editorial features and cover s

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  • Boston Home Article

    July 24, 2018

    We are excited to be part this new article in Boston Home featuring some of our work!  The piece details our appreciation for some of the amazing projects that we have had the opportunity to work on.  We also discuss how we are continuing to improve on our process so that we can deliver for our clients.     

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