There was a controversy about 18 months ago in the Westboro area about a “perfectly fine house” to be torn down to build a new, larger one. The property owner got their permits, and the house was duly built.
Here’s a google street view of the old house, note the mature hedge along Spencer on the right, and the multiple evergreens:
And here is a pic of the new house, seen from the front. For a corner lot, they did not take any advantage of westerly views. Fenestration on the front façade is minimal:
and the view from the diagonal across the intersection (below). The second floor windows are obscured from the street by a frosted glass balcony railing:
A view of the house from the Spencer St side. This side of the house faces south. Note how many of the windows are tucked into a sort of courtyard balcony. I’ve seen this many times on narrow side yards, but this is a first for a wide open side yard:
The view of the back yard. Tiny windows will keep those rooms from being overly bright. The concrete driveway is huge, and there is a double garage to boot. There is also a roof deck with privacy walls to conceal the users, although I suspect the neighboring yards feel a bit looked-over. The rock garden with regularly spaced pyramids contrasts with the front (rock) garden with global shrubs. This garden really rocks:
The side yard and the front yard are landscaped with Syn grass, an artificial turf. Some think it is ecological as it is made from recycled materials and doesn’t need maintenance. But hey, the fun plastic play structure on the plastic grass keeps the kids clean. Natural materials include the cedar hedge, the generous rock mulches, and the uber-thick fence posts. The whole house is built of sturdy? bulky? fortressy? materials and the love of straight lines.
What at first glance was an infill with the typical modern exterior cladding is revealed, on further inspection, to be very different from neighboring infills and existing houses. There are fewer visible windows, a harder exterior, an alienation from the street and neighborhood. All around it houses are being renovated with bigger windows to bring in the light and views; this house looks very passive-defensive to me.
I wonder what their cottage looks like?