Cambridge Urban Addition

Commissioned by a young couple with a growing family, the Cambridge Urban Addition Project is an exercise in code interpretation and the weathering of municipal bureaucracy.  Constraints were assuaged by the couple's appetite for design and desire to incorporate a family home into built space that could accommodate both past and future. 

This traditional Cape Cod Style home received an integrated addition designed for modern family living.  The goal was to seamlessly weave four generations of history with the present generation by blending the emotional connection to the past with the comforts of today.  Expanded living areas with the benefits of modern conveniences such as a master bedroom, bathroom, walk-in closet and separate laundry room were tailored not to overwhelm the familiar forms. The large Den provides ample room to create new memories and offers direct access to a functional deck and good-size yard. 

The Contractor is Heffernan Build out of Westford MA. View their work at:



The existing side setback requirements posed a design challenge for this non-conforming lot which required special review and approval from the Cambridge Zoning Board. The addition balances a constrained expansion of the existing volume while achieving the programmatic needs of the client. 


1200 SF

Family Room

Full Bathroom and Laundry

Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom and Closet