ERT Architects Blog

New England Architecture Through the Centuries

With Plymouth a prominent town in Massachusetts, those of us who live in the commonwealth – and perhaps throughout New England – like to think “our” settlement was the first settlement in what is now the United States. It wasn’t. The first English settlement was at Jamestown, established in 1607, 13 years before the Pilgrims …

Let There Be Light: Maximizing Natural Light in Home Design

If you’re a fan of HGTV home-flipping shows such as Good Bones or the recently departed Flip or Flop, you may have noticed the shows’ featured contractors and perspective homebuyers continually refer to the importance of natural light. While we might question the actual reality of these so-called “reality shows,” we wholeheartedly agree that maximizing …

Cape Cod Home Remodeling Is Booming

According to a recent article in the Cape Cod Times, there were 88 homes for sale on Cape Cod under $1M in January. In January of 2020, before the pandemic, there were nearly a thousand homes for sale with a price of less than a million dollars. Anecdotal evidence indicates that bidding wars on homes …

Add Privacy, Luxury and Value With a Primary Bath

Home design trends may come and go, but one thing that has remained constant for decades is the importance of kitchens and baths, in both our enjoyment and the value of our homes. With the kitchen now the focal point in many open-floor-plan homes, our expectations for them have changed. We want larger kitchens than …

Getting to Yes…In Home Design Decisions

April 30th, 1993: That’s the day the internet was made available to the public and the world as we knew it changed. It was also the day that the way in which we make decisions about how we want our homes to look began to shift. Prior to the World Wide Web being introduced, we …

Do I Need an Architect? Probably.

Second only to the “Do I need an architect?” question is probably “Is hiring an architect worth it?” As Cape Cod architects working throughout New England, we’d like to say that the answer to either question is a definitive “Yes!” But a more realistic, thoughtful reply is “Probably.” If you own a home that suits …

Old House Love: Renovation vs. Remodel

Old House Love “One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.” ― Golda Meir At Ert Architects, while we often design new homes, we also devise plans for extensive renovation projects, which typically include a unique set of challenges. Renovation vs. Remodel Generally speaking, a historic …

Making a Master Suite: Tips On Getting it Right

With all due respect to Benjamin Franklin, those of us who are lucky enough to own a home on Cape Cod would probably rework his oft-misquoted quote. On the Cape, especially in the summer months… “Nothing is certain except overnight guests and a loss of privacy.”   If you’ve begun to feel like there is such …

In the Kitchen with ERT Architects

“We owe much to the fruitful meditation of our sages, but a sane view of life is, after all, elaborated mainly in the kitchen.” ― Joseph Conrad While “The kitchen is the heart of the home” sounds like a trite quote your great-grandmother would have inscribed in crewel for a wall hanging 75 years ago, it turns out …