News, Progress & Inspiration

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Boston Home Magazine features Lisa Tharp and C&M's Interior Transformation of Concord Home
February 17, 2021

Boston Home Magazine’s spring cover features an interior renovation of a Concord 5,000-square-foot Arts and Crafts-style house, a project spearheaded by Lisa Tharp Design who looked to our firm as the millwork, craftsman and construction specialists. In partnership with Lisa, our team transformed the home’s kitchen, primary suite and cozy reading nook, complete with a custom built in bookshelf leading to a secret meditation room, made magical with velvet floor cushions, mirrored walls and hanging candles.


Read the full “Of Homes and Gardens” project story in Boston Home, found here

Architectural Digest's AD100 Magazine Featuring C&M
January 11, 2021

Pictured here, our recent spread in Architectural Digest's AD100 magazine. As stated by our Co-Founder and Design Principal, Robert MacNeille AIA, "We've grown and evolved with our clients and their families. Our region is very historic, and our clients share our love of history and timeless beauty... it's so gratifying to be a part of growing and sustaining this beautiful community."

About Carpenter & MacNeille
December 03, 2020

At Carpenter & MacNeille, we design and build enduring architecture. We are inspired by the Master-Builder tradition as well as the rich natural resources and wide variety of architectural styles along our native New England coast. From new construction to smaller renovation projects, our team offers thoughtful and well-built solutions that consistently increase the comfort, allure and value of our clients’ homes. 

Under the direction of Design Principal and President, Robert S. MacNeille AIA, a dedicated C&M project team guides each client through the phases of design and construction and we remain available to all our clients at the completion of the project for a tailored approach to ongoing home care and maintenance. 

We have been recognized for excellence in our trade by the Best of Boston Home Award, the ICAA Bulfinch Award and the American Society of Interior Design New England, as well as by the editors of Architectural Digest, New England Home, and Design New England just to name a few. Client collaboration and attention to detail have firmly established our reputation as a premier architectural design and construction company.

On the Boards: Pear Orchard
November 13, 2020

A substantial restoration and renovation project is planned for this oceanfront Stick Style home originally built in 1878.  In addition to careful preservation and repair of the original exterior and interior fabric, the work will also include a new garage, pool, and extensive outdoor living areas.  Schematic design: Robert S. MacNeille, AIA

Senior Design Staff News: Eric Inman Daum, AIA
October 09, 2020

C&M is thrilled to welcome long-time collaborator, Eric Inman Daum AIA, in the role of Senior Architect and Design Director of the Wellesley office.  Eric brings his well-established Andover-based architectural practice to the firm and adds a significant senior-level talent to the Essex and Wellesley studio teams.  He has nearly 40 years of experience in the field and is a strong proponent and practitioner of classical and traditional architecture, with a 2019 Bulfinch Award from the New England Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the 2020 Tucker Design Award.  Outside C&M, Eric sits on the boards of ICAA's New England chapter and its National Board of Fellows.  He also is a member of the AIA, BSA, and NCARB and serves on the Preservation Commission and Design Review Board in Andover, Massachusetts.  Welcome, Eric!

BONS: Best of Northshore Home 2020
September 26, 2020

The C&M team is honored to receive two BONS Home Awards from Northshore Home magazine in traditional architecture & fine millwork.  We love reimagining older homes for new life through our full suite of services along with the detailed oversight and artistic craftsmanship recognized by these awards.  Link here for the beautiful fall issue of the magazine about the awards.

Leadership News: Michael T. Gray, AIA
August 27, 2020

We are pleased to share that Managing Director and Senior Architect, Michael T. Gray, AIA has become a partner at C&M after 14 very successful years with the firm and more than 25 years of experience in the field.  In his new role as Partner/Managing Director, he will continue managing an award-winning team of designers and builders while serving as lead for new projects. Mike has been the Lead Architect on several signature, award-winning C&M projects - Chubb's Hill, Oak Ledge, and Three Cedars - featured on our web site.  Outside of C&M, Mike serves on the board of the New England Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and is a member of the AIA, BSA and NCARB.  Congratulations, Mike!

We're Hiring!
August 21, 2020

To meet the fast-growing demands for our architectural and construction services, we are seeking talented and qualified individuals for senior level positions in the field, studio and office.  Job descriptions are available on our Careers page.  Apply today! 

Fine Homebuilding: September 2020
Fine Homebuilding: September 2020
July 15, 2020

Congratulations to C&M Lead Carpenter, Aaron Butt, for his 10-page feature article, "Installing Frameless Cabinets," in the September 2020 issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine. Alongside the C&M construction team of Bill Muse and Steve Sheppard, follow the thoughtful and meticulous installation process of 16 custom frameless cabinets, handcrafted by C&M Woodworking for a Concord kitchen renovation. Enjoy the article here.

Breaking Ground: Georgian Revival Additions & Carriage House
Breaking Ground: Georgian Revival Additions & Carriage House
July 01, 2020

Around the corner in Manchester-by-the-Sea, preparations for expanding the 19th century stucco Georgian-revival are underway.  Demolition has brought the existing house structure down to the studs, including structural revisions and upgrades, while excavation for the new house additions has begun.  Next door, the foundation is ready for framing the carriage house garage in new French Eclectic style.  Head over to our social media pages for exciting updates.

C&M featured by Northshore Home Magazine, outdoor living design issue, spring 2020
April 15, 2020

Spring is here. This season we are delighted to share some inspiration for beautiful outdoor living in New England with the readers of Northshore Home Magazine. The new cover story features the C&M Surfside house, highlighting the gracious transition from kitchen and dining to poolside in this updated family retreat. Read the full article and interview with architect Rob MacNeille in the new spring issue and tour the complete portfolio pages here.

C&M main offices, Essex, MA
A Message from Our Family to Yours
March 16, 2020

During these uncertain times, please note that Carpenter & MacNeille is working hard to keep projects and client needs front of mind while navigating the challenges of the time. Response times, materials and deliveries and face-to-face meetings will all be affected, but our team is dedicated to keeping everyone informed and up to speed on progress. Our staff is encouraged to work remotely as much as possible, and our doors will remain open while keeping all health and safety protocols in place. We wish everyone in our extended family a healthy home in the days and weeks ahead.

A new renovation in process at a historic Georgian revival home in Manchester, MA
On the Boards: Georgian Revival
February 26, 2020

With beautiful hand drawings from the studio in hand, a new build is underway just around the corner in Manchester-by-the-Sea. The work will focus on re-shaping this 19th century stucco Georgian-revival, expanding and re-working the floorplan as well as re-designing the exterior pool, landscape and carriage house. The carriage house garage, in French Eclectic style, will likewise shine again as a stunning example of local revival architecture. We look forward to sharing progress from this exciting new work as it unfolds, check back for more site progress in the coming months.  Schematic design: Michael T. Gray, AIA

C&M wins Best of Boston Home 2020 - design build, new construction
January 01, 2020

Celebrating our collaborative model, architect Rob MacNeille and builder Mark Pellegrini were featured in the 2020 Best of Boston Home issue with portraits from a working coastal site in Gloucester. Read more in an interview with Rob MacNeille in the winner’s spotlight and congratulations to our talented team for starting the 2020 with this new and well-deserved honor. 

Happy Holidays from everyone at Carpenter & MacNeille!
Peace & Joy & Happy Homes!
December 24, 2019

As we close out the year, we are proud of our talented and hardworking staff, and grateful for our wonderful clients, partners and friends in the industry. It is an honor to work together on so many beautiful homes and wish you all a happy and bright new year ahead. Our offices, shop and sites will observe the following holiday closures: Christmas Eve (1/2 Day), Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

C&M designers donate new bedrooms for a family with Room to Dream
October 28, 2019

This fall, C&M had the privilege of working on our first project with Room To Dream, a local organization connecting design professionals with children in need. The work included the redesign of two bedrooms for a family coping with a difficult cancer diagnosis. Twelve-year-old Jennifer, and her 16-year-old brother, Andy, both received new spaces that included custom build-outs and furnishings, new colors, lighting, textiles and décor to help brighten the days of the new school year ahead. Read more about Jennifer and her project with the C&M team here.

new contemporary home designed and built by carpenter & macneille
September 24, 2019

A new contemporary home and guest cottage nestled on a private wooded coastline in Cape Ann, designed and built by the integrated team at C&M, was recently featured by the editors at Boston Home Magazine. In the latest fall issue, follow along with the architect, Michael T. Gray and two recently resettled and retired homeowners who share their love for this spectacular coastal site and sleek modern design. See complete project imagery in the portfolio page here

July 03, 2019

We love helping our clients make the most of New England’s short, but brilliant summer months. Our portfolio is full of pools and pool houses, porches, decks and verandahs, bunk rooms and guest suites, and so many other custom-made features that create the most inviting outdoor living experiences. Check back this fall for a new family home in Gloucester, MA featuring a sport court and edgeless swimming pool and the final phase of our Nantucket summer retreat. A new master suite, deck and pool house are rounding out the final phase of this multi-year renovation.

gold award for the renovation of a master suite in concord, ma
May 21, 2019

The C&M construction team was honored again by the EM NARI judges for best in their craft at the 2019 Contractor of the Year awards. Designed by project partner, Lisa Tharp Design, this master suite received top honors for the Interior Renovation category, competing with top builders from across the greater Boston region. The space also features custom architectural millwork and cabinetry built here in our Essex, MA shop.

We're Hiring! Join the C&M Design Studio.
April 17, 2019

Our studio is growing and we are currently hiring two positions, Architectural Designer and Design Assistant. Each position will have the opportunity to work on several, concurrent, high-level projects and be a part of a fast-paced, multi-dimensional team working on the North Shore, Metro West, Boston and beyond. If that sounds like fun, read more about each position on our careers page and send us your resume today.

antique home renovated for contemporary living and modern design
March 13, 2019

A new portfolio page has just been added to our Houzz profile, “Surfside House” is now officially launched, be sure to take a scroll. The traditional 19th century cottage has been transformed from antique to sleek, a contemporary family summer home behind an antique façade. With more than 50 feet of wide-open glass walls, it’s absolutely perfect for this time of year when we dream of warmer temps and the balance of indoor-outdoor living.

C&M wins Best of Houzz Design 2019
February 18, 2019

We are honored to be named the Best of Design 2019 from Houzz. Our portfolio of fine homes and renovations has grown over the last year and we are thrilled that this international platform continues to rank our work among the very best. The top three images designed and built by C&M on the site include the master bathroom pictured here from a Wellesley cape renovation, as well as the waterfront conservatory room from Lobster Cove and the new mudroom entrance to Old Town Road.

new construction by carpenter & macneille, shingle style cottage annisquam
January 01, 2019

We are excited to break ground on new homes in the coming year, and to continue with several already under way. While many of our major projects are additions, renovations or restorations of existing homes, there is something especially exciting about starting fresh with a whole new build. This coastal site in Annisquam will eventually give rise to a new shingled gambrel cottage with a contemporary interior layout and classic detailing. Check back for updates as this project takes shape.

Happy Holidays from everyone at C&M.
Happy Holidays from Carpenter & MacNeille
December 24, 2018

Wishing everyone peace, joy and comfort this holiday season. We are grateful to our faithful clients, colleagues, partners, friends and families for supporting us in our craft and allowing us to do what we love each day of the year. Here’s to happy hearts, warm hearths and beautiful homes this holiday season, and in the bright new year ahead.

Carpenter & MacNeille named best woodworking firm for Boston home renovations
December 06, 2018

Just last month, C&M topped the list of “Seven Skilled Woodworkers to Hire for Your Next Reno” published by Boston Magazine. We are honored to recieve top billing and thrilled to see the beautiful custom kitchen built by our shop for designer, Lisa Tharp, back in the spotlight again. See more shop-made kitchens, bathrooms and architectural interiors throughout our woodworking portfolio.

Carpenter & MacNeille named best traditional architecture from northshore home magazine
Best of Northshore Home 2018
October 22, 2018

We were honored to receive two new awards from Northshore Home Magazine this fall. The firm was recognized for both traditional architecture and fine millwork, celebrating the work from our design studio and our inhouse wood shop. We are delighted to again be counted among the "The Best" of the Northshore.

Carpenter & MacNeille Georgian Home Renovation in Northshore Home Magazine
September 13, 2018

 Seaway, an 1890’s Georgian with gracious proportions and intricate original millwork, has been featured in the latest issue of Northshore Home Magazine. Architect, Rob MacNeille and interior designer, Anne Alberts offer insights into the multi-phase renovation story, beginning with the re-imagination of the entire third floor interior, as well as a new garage addition and even a climate-controlled wine cellar and basement screening room. Read the full article online and visit the complete project portfolio here.

Kitchen crafted by C&M Woodworking featured by Elle Decor
August 06, 2018

The usual buzz in the shop was a bit louder this month when we saw one of our kitchens featured by ELLE DECOR. From our very own cabinetry shop here in Essex, built for interior designer Lisa Tharp, it was a delight to see this beautiful contemporary kitchen with custom holly and teak counters in the national spotlight.

Pool House Progress on Nantucket
June 01, 2018

The next phase of our Nantucket renovation is in progress and we are excited to have broken ground on the new pool and deck spaces. Though construction will likely last into September, these spaces are designed to extend the outdoor living season for the family’s island retreat – perfect for many summer stays ahead, but also with year-round comfort in mind.

Carpenter & MacNeille Woodworking wins craftsmanship award
April 28, 2018

This spring, C&M was honored to receive two new awards from the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA). The Bulfinch Awards are presented annually and recognize practitioners from across the nation who are committed to promoting excellence in the classical tradition and allied arts within New England. We are honored to be recognized for both craftsmanship and design categories, truly the celebration of the collaborative design-build model on which our firm was founded. 

C&M architects and builders will feature at sustainability talk during the 2018 Boston Design Week
April 04, 2018

Our architects and builders have joined an important conversation as part of the 2018 Boston Design Week lineup. C&M Senior Architect, Mike Gray and Head of Construction, Tad Cunningham will be part of a panel discussion, Beyond Sustainability: Designing an Heirloom House with Lasting Impact. The topic is front of mind for everyone in the A/E/C industry, and C&M is proud to help lead the charge with our in-house “Energy Council” and LEED accredited residential design-build professionals. For more information or to attend the event, click here.

An antique beach house renovation with open, clean contemporary living spaces.
March 19, 2018

On this last day of winter, the team at C&M is thrilled to share a new addition to our portfolio, the Surf Side House. Just in time to start dreaming of summer days ahead, this 19th century cottage with rambling shingle style additions, has returned to use as a summer beach retreat. While the exterior retains original shingle style elements, the interior has been completely transformed by an open plan, sleek custom woodwork and walls of articulating glass doors. See full project imagery in our portfolio now.

The master bathroom of a complete home renovation in Wellesley, MA.
February 12, 2018

We’re delighted to add our latest Wellesley project  to the C&M portfolio. This Royal Barry Willis Cape style home underwent an extensive renovation to accommodate a young, busy family. Updates include a modern, open kitchen, new living spaces and a refreshed bar, entry and powder room. 

Best of Boston Home 2018
January 01, 2018

Looking forward to a bright new year ahead with the best home designers and builders north of Boston. 2018 marks the fourth year our firm has been recognized for the highest quality design and craftsmanship for residential projects in and around the greater metro region by Boston Magazine. We are honored by this consistent recognition for the creative and enduring work we produce each year. 

Holiday Cheer!
December 24, 2017

Wishing everyone warm and happy homes, and peace in the new year ahead. We are so grateful for our clients, partners, friends and families who support our craft and allow us to do what we love every day. Cheers to another wonderful year together.

November 17, 2017

C&M is all about town right now, the studio team is just back from gaining new industry insights at ABX, and our website now features a recently completed Boston condo renovation project. The rich architectural heritage of the Beacon Hill neighborhood offered an exciting opportunity for a compact urban space completed earlier this year. Visit our portfolio for project imagery and plans.

New custom, private equestrian estate designed and built by carpenter & macneille
October 26, 2017

Join us on a tour of our latest portfolio addition. This small scale, but full service equestrian facility was built new to complement an existing historic home. Though only four stalls, the barn offers all the amenities of a larger facility including a heated tack room and even a finished photography studio space. The separate garage stylistically marries the new outbuildings to the original Tudor-style façade of the existing 19th century estate and offers a second floor apartment with easy access to the paddocks and barn.

Now Open in Wellesley
October 18, 2017

We are thrilled to announce the opening of a new C&M office at 445 Washington Street in Wellesley, MA. The new space is just 12 miles from the heart of Back Bay and minutes to surrounding communities in Newton, Chestnut Hill, Cambridge, Weston, Needham and more. The team will offer the same full service model, including architecture, interiors, construction, custom woodworking and property services, from a more convenient location to our clients and partners in Boston and the Metro West. 445 Washington Street 2nd Fl | 781.694.4044 

C&M named Best of Northshore Home 2017
Best of Northshore Home 2017
September 29, 2017

This fall we are delighted to share the news that the firm has received two awards from Northshore Home magazine. C&M has been given top honors in Traditional Architecture for the second year in a row. C&M Woodworking was also selected for Best Millwork, highlighting their exceptional custom cabinetry and fine architectural woodworking. Congratulations to our staff, and all the top designers and tradesmen in the region -- we are honored to be counted among so many talented peers.

C&M bridge repair, Essex office
Bridge Work Ahead - Office Closed, Business Open
September 22, 2017

Attention all C&M friends, clients and partners. Access to our main office at 106 Western Ave in Essex is going to be closed from Saturday, September 23 - Tuesday, September 26 to accommodate the installation of our new timber frame bridge. While our building is temporarily CLOSED, C&M will remain OPEN. All job sites will be unaffected and our studio and office staff will be on line with remote access. Thank you for your patience while we improve the safety and condition of our home!

Cape Cod kitchen from C&M Woodworking with teak counters
September 06, 2017

C&M Woodworking is proud to collaborate with design talent from all over the region. A warm congratulations to Interior Designer Lisa Tharp on the beautiful new feature in New England Home magazine this fall, including this sleek white kitchen and custom teak countertops from the shop at C&M. Read the full article here: New England Home September-October 2017

Follow C&M on Instagram @carpentermacneille
July 20, 2017

We are excited to have the opportunity to share more of what we have been working on with the design community, in real time. See what's going on in the woodshop, design studio and on the job sites at @carpentermacneille.

Coastal home renovated by Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders
Making Waves with Coastal Design
June 22, 2017

Renovating antique homes in coastal settings is something C&M has mastered with careful attention to the intersection of climate, history and design. This summer we are proud to share two new editorials of transformative waterfront design stories. Lobster Cove has been featured by the latest issue of Northshore Home Magazine and the master bath space from Breezing Up has received national attention on the pages of House Beautiful. See our portfolio for more waterfront design inspiration from Maine to Nantucket and beyond.

Summer's (Almost) Here
May 26, 2017

The C&M team has been known to craft some truly exceptional summer spaces. From pool houses to porches, we love helping our clients get the most out of the season. This year, we're excited to share this detail from our most recent (and kid-friendly) outdoor shower - completed just in time for Memorial Day. Visit our portfolio for more projects all over the coast, and call us anytime to help get your home primed for summer fun.

C&M shingle style renovation featured by Northshore Home Magazine
March 27, 2017

The new spring issue of Northshore Home Magazine is out and we are delighted to be featured again this season. The project in print illustrates the transformation of a century-old shingle style cottage, representing the heart of C&M collaborative services; the place where in-house design and fine craftsmanship intersect to result in a superior product. Read more HERE about how our client enlisted C&M to create an heirloom quality home to be cherished for generations to come.

C&M named "Best of Design" 2017 on Houzz
February 23, 2017

C&M has won “Best of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Our firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. This is the second year in a row that our studio has been recognized by this large community of homeowners and designers nationwide.

Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Home 2017
January 01, 2017

Carpenter & MacNeille is honored to be named the top New Construction Home Builder North of Boston for 2017 by Boston Magazine. Our construction team brings our clients' vision to life with exceptional skill and an unparalleled knack for craftsmanship and fine detail. In the year ahead the crew will be completing work on a new private equestrian facility, a modern steel and glass, contemporary coastal residence as well as a host of renovations, large and small, to a varied portfolio of homes across the region. Congratulations to our builders for once again being recognized as best in their field.

Peace & Joy from everyone at C&M
December 23, 2016

Cheers to another year helping our truly wonderful clients find peace, joy and comfort in their homes. We are thankful to our clients, colleagues, partners, friends and families for supporting us in our craft and allowing us to do what we love each day of the year. Here’s to happy hearts, warm hearths and beautiful homes this holiday season, and in the bright new year ahead.

Carpenter & MacNeille, Nantucket renovation featuring classic interior architecture and traditional craftsmanship
November 22, 2016

We are so pleased to share a new addition to the C&M portfolio pages. Working within the existing footprint of this family retreat on the north side of the island, C&M designers and builders outfit several spectacular interior spaces, including a mahogany bunk room with custom milled built-in beds for six, and added a new garden-side porch. See the full image gallery here and check back for phases II and III to follow.

September 28, 2016

The team at C&M was honored to receive two BONS Home awards from Northshore Magazine this year, recognizing our services in both architecture and custom woodworking. We are a New England company and work with clients from Maine to New York, but there's something very special about being recognized as local leaders in our trades. We love living and working in the North Shore!

Shelter Island, NY hand drawn architectural sketch by Carpenter & MacNeille architects
September 08, 2016

As summer comes to a close we look forward to seeing some of this season’s design development take shape for next year and beyond. An initial touch of hand, like this pencil sketch of a Shelter Island renovation, sets the stylistic tone and is invaluable to the success of any project. Coupled with the now standard ability to fly through models onscreen, our in-house design team offers clients a well balanced view of their new home before a single hammer falls.  

Image Credit:  Michael T. Gray, AIA - Managing Director, Carpenter & MacNeille

Building the Team: Sustainable Home Design and Build
July 01, 2016

Over the past year, C&M has welcomed several new teammates and in-house capabilities that focus on sustainable design and build practices, meeting an increasing demand both from our forward thinking clients and from the governing residential building code. Construction Manager, John Cole, has been working in the progressive California build industry for the last decade and brings LEED AP BD+C certification to our in-house builders and craftsmen.  John joins others on our staff, including LEED certified architect, Michael Gray, and HERS rater, Mark Pellegrini, to create environmentally sound homes that retain the level of finish, detail and aesthetic value consistent with our portfolio. Call us to learn more about how sustainable design and build brings value to both renovation and new home projects.

June 01, 2016

This June marks Twenty Years since the founding of our firm. The anniversary is a reminder of how far the company has come, but also how dedicated we have remained to our original vision of seamlessly joining creativity, collaboration and craftsmanship. We are ever so grateful to our clients for granting us the opportunities to practice our trades, to our staff, partners and vendors for helping us achieve our goals and to the tradition of the great 19th and 20th century "Master Builders" that ignited this passion for high quality, collaborative work.  Three cheers and many thanks to the whole C&M family for helping us achieve this remarkable milestone.

May 15, 2016

This spring, we are honored to have been selected for a 2016 Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award in the category of Residential Interiors by the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (EM NARI).  The award was granted for the fine craftsmanship at an 1899 Georgian revival home in Manchester-by-the Sea where antiquated third-floor service quarters were transformed into two teen-suites and guest room spaces. We invite you to see more photos of the winning project in the C&M Custom Homes portfolio, Seaway.

Carpenter & MacNeille traditional new custom home, energy efficient ocean-side home in Manchester, MA
April 18, 2016

Boston's North Shore is home to a rich and varied architectural legacy, from the highest concentration of first period homes in the country, to some of the most progressive contemporaries.  In the current issue of Northshore Home Magazine, C&M offers a tour of a classic new shingle style residence that employed the use of both traditional craftsmanship and materials, as well as the highest level of modern green building technology.  Read the article here and see more about Oakledge in our custom homes portfolio.

C&M designers get ready for the new season on Nantucket.
Field Notes from Nantucket
March 08, 2016

C&M is busy with Phase II at this classic seaside retreat, a recent site visit revealing the whole island is already abuzz with pre-season work. C&M Interiors will have several refreshed bedroom and bath spaces complete for the summer ahead, with the exterior ocean-side deck and pool design also underway and scheduled for a fall build. It's never too early to start thinking summer in New England.

February 01, 2016
This year C&M has been voted Best of Houzz 2016 for both Design and Service.  We’re honored to be included with the top three percent of the nation’s home design professionals and these two categories represent the very heart of our firm's mission -- to create enduring architecture while having a positive impact on our clients’ lives and the places where we live and work.  Many thanks to the Houzz community for the recognition of our achievements.  
January 01, 2016

2016 is set to be a landmark year for Carpenter & MacNeille as we observe two decades of fine craftsmanship and outstanding design.  To kick it all off, we are so pleased to be marking the occasion with a new award from the editors at Boston Home Magazine.  Please join us in congratulating our team of architects, designers and builders for again being recognized as best in class and innovators in their field with a Best of Boston Home 2016 award for Design and Build.  We look forward to all our new projects in the year ahead and to carrying on the C&M legacy of fine architecture for many more decades to come. 

Happy Holidays from everyone at Carpenter & MacNeille
Happy Holidays from everyone at Carpenter & MacNeille
December 23, 2015

Wishing everyone peace, joy and happy homes this holiday season and for the bright New Year ahead.  We are grateful to our clients, vendors, friends and family for the chance to work on so many wonderful projects and for giving us the chance to do what we love every day of the year.

C&M Interior Designer, Wendy LeStage Hodgson, shares a tour of her federal style home North of Boston
November 16, 2015

C&M Interior Designer Wendy Hodgson is at home with the concept of a "new old house", both in her work transforming spaces for Carpenter & MacNeille clients, and in her own historic Federal style house, dating from 1830.  This month, Early Homes Magazine has featured an insider tour of the Hodgson family abode, with classic New England architectural features and a casually elegant style that are naturally well suited for an inviting fall and holiday season ahead. 



ASID New England Design Excellence
October 01, 2015

Congratulations to Hattie Holland of C&M Interiors for her recent Design Excellence Award from the New England chapter of the ASID.  Ms. Holland received the top honors for her work on the Old Town Road Master Bathroom.  This spectacular space has been featured by editors of both Design New England and House Beautiful.  You can see more project images in the Old Town Road Interiors portfolio.  

August 18, 2015
Like artists, authors and entrepreneurs who, for centuries, have drawn inspiration from the dramatic landscapes, working waterfronts and remarkable architecture of coastal New England, we too are grateful for these local treasures that shape, inform and inspire our own creative process every day.  To honor this artistic heritage, C&M is proudly supporting the John Sloan Gloucester Days exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum and we encourage everyone to stop in for the show, running now through November 29th.  For residents and visitors alike, the recently renovated museum and this beautiful exposition are not to be missed.  For the complete experience, also enjoy a wonderful lineup of walking tours, lectures and events to further celebrate the art and the place, and the harmony between.

Red Paint Mill, 1914 | Oil on Canvas | Collection of the Cape Ann Museum | Gift of Margaret L. Pearson, 2012 | C.2015 Deleware Art Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

June 26, 2015

Earlier this month, the Boston Society of Architects released their annual "Project Handbook", a guide for New England homeowners who are approaching new home design or renovation projects.  Inside, C&M has shared some of our recent portfolio imagery as inspiration for readers, but we are equally excited to promote the great educational messaging from the BSA.  Beautiful, successful projects are the result of the right client-architect partnership.  Be sure to request a free copy of the handbook today and see more of the projects featured here: Lobster Cove; Breezing Up; Argilla Road House.

A hand drawn site plan from the start of a classic pool house project, designed and built by Carpenter & MacNeille
May 12, 2015

The C&M designed and built pool house featured in the latest issue of New England Home Magazine began with this beautiful colored pencil rendering of the site, showing the overall layout of the new structure in relation to the existing home and gardens.  While ultimately, a slightly different configuration was built, this early visualization stage offered key insights into the relationship of the new structure to the site’s topography.  Read the article about this special space in the May/June issue here:  In the Swim.

April 10, 2015

If you live in New England, chances are you are familiar with the concept of a "new old house".  For nearly two decades, C&M has been working with homeowners to provide elegant new design solutions and comfortable living spaces while still maintaining charming historic details and a strong sense of place.   We invite you to read more about the process of one such transformation, a classic shingle style renovation, in the latest issue of New Old House magazine.  

Carpenter & MacNeille transform a 1960's colonial into a new custom summer home
March 02, 2015

A new custom home doesn’t always need to begin with an empty lot…  Join C&M President and Design Principal, Rob MacNeille, in the Northshore Magazine story behind the skillful transformation of a 1960's "builder's colonial" right here in Manchester-by-the-Sea.  The project features architecture and construction by Carpenter & MacNeille, interior design by Lynn Morgan and custom cabinetry and millwork from Stephen Terhune Woodworking.

A New England pool house by Carpenter & MacNeille, architects and builders.
January 26, 2015

The design for the Ipswich River Pool House started with a formal garden structure and evolved into the natural timber, shingle and stone form that was ultimately built.  It takes a great deal of consideration to design the ultimate outdoor living space and winter is the perfect time to settle in, dream of warmer times ahead and make those plans.  See more pool house photos here and call us anytime to talk about making the most of your home in every season.

Custom mahogany vanity, a handcrafted wooden bath, and beadboard wainscoting add warmth to this master bathroom in Gloucester, MA.
January 05, 2015

In “Four Ideas for Timeless Baths” from New Old House magazine, the C&M master bathroom featured is characterized by a unique blend of craftsman and Asian design influences.  The mahogany cabinetry, classic beadboard wainscoting and a handcrafted, wooden bath tub from a specialty shop in Maine add to the richness of the space.  See more classic bathroom design and custom woodworking ideas throughout the C&M portfolio.  Project Note:  This master bathroom is part of a new custom home, Folly Cove, designed and built by C&M architects and craftsmen.  

Happy Holidays from Carpenter & MacNeille.
Merry & Bright
December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays from Carpenter & MacNeille.  Cheers to a wonderful group of clients, colleagues, vendors, partners and peers - we thank you for the opportunity to work together in 2014 and look forward to a bright new year ahead.  

December 02, 2014

C&M Design Principal and President, Robert MacNeille is featured in, “Works of Architecture: 20 Triumphs of Function and Beauty” this month for his work on a project in Bailey Island, Maine.  The large new oceanfront home, designed by Rob and built by Eric Smith of Oceanside Builders, is a beautiful example of the marriage of classic New England coastal design with innovative green building technologies.  Read more on their website under:  Gambrel Inspiration, Contemporary Technology.

November 06, 2014

We are honored to have captured the November  "Bath of the Month" from House Beautiful.  Polished Carrara floors with a custom basketweave pattern, calming blue-gray hues and an elegant mix of old and new details have all come together in this classic farmhouse master bath.  See more photos from the project in our portfolio - Old Town Road and Old Town Road Interiors.

October 09, 2014

C&M architects, builders and interior designers make a few appearances in the new home issue of Northshore Magazine.  We’re so proud to have our hard working teams featured in both, Fresh Take about The Inn at Castle Hill in Ipswich and, Coastal Cottage about a small seaside bungalow with big views.  We remain ever grateful for the wildly rich and varied architectural styles abundant on the North Shore, and the chance to showcase two very different sides of C&M design.

Pool House Design and Construction by Carpenter & MacNeille
Endless Summer: C&M Pool House Design and Construction
September 02, 2014

Designed for the ideal outdoor living experience, this timber-frame pool house was recently completed at the Ipswich River House in the heart of North Shore horse country.  The structure includes a custom kitchen made from local reclaimed wood, a stunning bluestone pool surround and a massive, salvaged-granite hearthstone from the old Chain Bridge in Newburyport.  Check back soon for more project ideas and images added to our portfolio.

C&M architects and builders, experts on design for coastal living, go for an outing at Gloucester Maritime.
Happy Summer from C&M
August 21, 2014

C&M architects and builders on an outing to study the spiritually restorative effects of coastal design and construction.  Many thanks to our neighbor, H.A. Burnham Boat Building & Design for the amazing sail on the Schooner Ardelle.

Carpenter&MacNeille master bathroom architecture and interior design
July 11, 2014

As a true testament to the C&M approach, where architect, builder, interior designer and cabinetmaker work seamlessly together, the master bathroom of this Massachusetts custom home has won professional distinction from the ASID as well as a place in the most recent issue of Design New England.  The most important honor, of course, has been the positive reflection from our happy client.

C&M Interior Design at The Inn at Castle Hill
Design Refresh in Ipswich
June 13, 2014

We’re taking a moment to enjoy the beautiful images just delivered from Michael J. Lee Photography of our work with the Trustees of Reservations earlier this year at The Inn at Castle Hill.  Don’t forget to book a night at the Inn soon to experience the fresh look and feel and the ever-changing views from these historic rooms.  Check back soon for the complete project portfolio on the C&M Interiors page.

Carpenter & MacNeille installs custom entrance crafted by Stephen Terhune Woodworking, Essex, MA
May 12, 2014

This custom entrance assembly features a mahogany frame with door and sidelights crafted from reclaimed chestnut. Our clients were able to closely follow the progress of their new front door, from design by C&M through production by STW to on-site installation. C&M and STW collaborate on architectural millworkcabinetrycustom furniture and more.

Manchester, MA porch by Carpenter & MacNeille Architects and Builders
April 16, 2014

The most recent issue of the Sunday Globe’s “A Room to Love” featured the beautiful and serene porch space from our Harbor Views project in downtown Manchester.  Outdoor living spaces designed and built by C&M help our clients get the most out of the precious summer season in New England.

Inn at Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA
Join C&M Interiors at The Inn At Castle Hill in Ipswich
March 26, 2014

This Spring you will enjoy renovated guest rooms, a rich new color palette and re-imagined spaces furnished with antiques from the Trustees archives and works by local artists – all designed by C&M Interiors who have given time this season in support of the Crane Estate and the Trustees of Reservations.  Book your stay now at the freshly updated Inn At Castle Hill


The Trends magazine video that features Massachusetts kitchen designers C&M
March 07, 2014

Watch and listen to Wendy’s take on the secrets of successful kitchen design.  Plus, read more about her layered antique farmhouse style, featured in Kitchen TRENDS Magazine.

Best of Boston Home 2014 Awarded by Boston Home Magazine
C&M looks forward to a great year ahead...
December 31, 2013

We are so happy to kick 2014 off right with our Best of Boston Home 2014 design distinction awarded by Boston Home Magazine.  We are looking forward to helping with all those home renovation resolutions and building more award-winning spaces to come.

Holiday greetings from C&M.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Carpenter & MacNeille.
December 23, 2013

We are grateful to our families, friends, clients, partners and peers for supporting our craft and letting us do what we love every day of the year.  Thank you all for a fantastic 2013, we look forward to another great year to come.

news progress & inspiration, new C&M website
Welcome to the new!
November 26, 2013

With the launch of our new site, we invite you to browse our team and portfolio galleries, read about our press and awards highlights and call us anytime to talk about our signature style and collaborative process.