Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple and their daughter, who was born during the construction, and their bulldog, Gunther
Location: North Shore of Massachusetts
Size: 3,000 square feet (279 square meters); four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two powder rooms
Designers: Kristina Crestin Design (interiors), Connor Homes (home)
There were a lot of factors at play when Crestin was considering whether to sign on to the project. The couple was working with Connor Homes, a company that produces panelized homes with historic-looking exteriors and interiors tailored to modern lifestyles. Everything is customized and made in the factory, then shipped to the customer’s site to be assembled. The owners chose this Federal-style farmhouse, the Sarah Taylor.
The construction of the house was being filmed for the TV show, and Crestin would have to get up in front of the cameras.
And Crestin, who is used to doing a lot of the interior architectural design, knew she’d need to work with elements that the couple had already chosen, like millwork, cabinetry and the staircase. But after seeing the choices the couple had made for the house so far, learning they liked bold contrast, seeing their willingness to compromise, bonding with them over their mutual love of incorporating architectural salvage into interior design and getting a good feel for what a modern-farmhouse look meant to them, she was in.