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It was once said that architecture is music frozen in time. We couldn’t agree more. Here at TMS Architects, a beautiful architectural detail is like a perfect harmony. It’s music to our… eyes.

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Are you searching for a way to introduce simple style into your home? Create a warmer atmosphere? Or, are you simply looking for a change from mundane, white surroundings?

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Would you like your home to work harder for you? If you have unused space near an entryway, consider converting this area into a beautiful and functional mudroom. Think about all the items that collect by the door – shoes, coats, bags, umbrellas, keys, mail. The list goes on! A thoughtfully-designed mudroom can not only contain these items and help keep common areas tidy, but it can be customized to add comfort, convenience and efficiency to your daily routines.

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Historic saltbox homes are a regular part of the landscape here in New England. Originally borne of necessity, saltbox home designs became so popular and functional that what started out as an add-on became a staple feature in new home designs of the 18th century.

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Are you considering integrating a cupola into your home’s architecture? First, make sure that what you envision is truly a cupola (pronounced CUE-puh-lah). In fact, many of the structures our clients bring pictures of are actually belvederes or lanterns, rather than bona fide cupolas.

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Parking courts and historic homes go hand-in-hand. Consider that many historic New England homes were built when horses, carriages and buggies were the norm, which meant homes were designed with wide, sweeping exterior entryways. You can recapture the essence of your historic home’s “first impression” by using parking court designs for historic homes.

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Most of us are familiar with the iconic silhouette of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. So let’s move on to something a little closer to home here in New England – the Massachusetts State House in Boston. What do these two structures have in common? Cupolas!

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We appreciate modernity, but there is something magical about renovating a historical home or commercial property in a way that preserves its historical panache while embracing contemporary accents that make the space comfortable and energy efficient.

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One of the missions of TMS Architects is to, “…embrace our clients’ visions and translate them into buildings that are beautiful, functional, and sensitive to their environment.” Recently, we’ve had the opportunity to do just that while partnering with Opportunity Works on the design and build-out of their new 37,000 square foot facility.

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Once you decide to commence with a kitchen remodel, it can feel like things can’t move fast enough. In truth, it’s much safer to take your time and thoughtfully plan each and every detail to ensure your kitchen is as personally functional for your household as it is aesthetically pleasing. That’s what our Portsmouth, NH clients did and the results were stunning and well worth the wait.

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