135 Brook St, Framingham, MA 01701, USA
Set far back from the road via a private drive on a wooded lot, this stylish light-filled Mid-Century-Modern “Core Contemporary” was renovated and updated in 2017, with a new kitchen, baths, roof, and more. Walls were opened up to allow this already-open floor plan to flow even more naturally for today’s modern lifestyle. The design is balanced, with the kitchen and dining area forming the nucleus and heart of the home, opening to the living room and out to a deck via sliders. On the other side is the three-bedroom, two-full-bath wing. Solid white oak floors throughout the living areas and bedrooms, with tiled floors in the baths, including electric radiant heated master bath floors. The master bath also boasts a steam shower. Period natural wood lap walls serves as warm accents in the living areas. Quartz counters and stainless Miele appliances glimmer in the kitchen. You’ll bring in groceries via the mudroom, breezing past a laundry area, directly from the carport with ultimate single-level ease. Enjoy Zen-like symbiosis between indoors and out!
Showings begin at open house Saturday, September 15 from 1:00 to 3:00. Also an open house on Sunday 12:30-2:30. Contact us below to make an appointment for a private showing or with any questions.
Taken from Sudbury Historical Society.
The “Core House” designed by Edward A. Cuetara, an architect and founder of the Core House Corporation based in Cambridge.
Cuetera worked for many years as an associate architect with the The Architects
Collaborative (TAC), an architectural firm established by Walter Gropius and a group of
younger architects in 1945. [Search this site for more information about and houses by TAC and Gropius.]
In the early to mid-1950’s TAC developed a design prototype known as the “Core
Plus-X House,” a contemporary design similar to the popular, modernist prefabricated
Techbuilt style home developed by Massachusetts architect Carl Koch [More here about Koch/Techbuilt]. Conceived as a “flexible” system of home design and construction, the Core Plus-X system blended prefabrication with custom design. A sample Core Plus-X home was built by TAC as part of the Five Fields residential community in Lexington, MA and was featured by Better Homes and Gardens as a “Five-Star Home” in 1956.
Photos of Better Homes by us, courtesy of homeowner. Click to enlarge.
TAC did not pursue the Core Plus-X concept further, but Cuetara’s Core House
Corporation designed and sold modular houses based on this design premise. Core
House homes feature a central utility core around which a flat-roofed post-and-beam
house with structural panels would be constructed. The panels could be glass, wood
siding, or a combination of siding, glass, and doors. Two other Core House Corporation
homes remain today in Brookline.