Designing a flexible luxury Airbnb in a tiny Bay Village brownstone.
47 Winchester is the first little brick row house on the left, a small scale former carriage house in Bay Village, Boston’s smallest recognized neighborhood. The renovation included replacing a dated brick facade with a painted wood infill and adjusting the floor height to match its residential neighbors.
The main living space is quite small, and since this is a luxury Airbnb with many guest groups of different sizes, this space needed to be extremely flexible. The dining table is a vintage midcentury piece that collapses down into a 10-inch deep console table if it needs to stored out of the way, and the small sofa actually is a queen size sleeper. When larger groups come, the table can be folded up and the sofa folded out to accommodate more guests.
The master bedroom is all about creating a feeling of hotel-style luxury—we imagined a couple traveling with their kids, all wanting to stay together in a homey environment, but still wanting the comfort and high-design feel of a high-end hotel stay. The artwork is all custom pieces by young womxn artists in Boston.
Designing the top level was again an exercise in extreme flexibility. In its standard configuration, the room has two twin-sized beds, perfect for friends traveling together or to make a fun retreat for kids. One of the beds is a rollaway, and the other converts into a king-sized bed by sliding out the lower drawers, so this room can easily become a standard kind bedroom with ensuite bath.
The basement level is again a highly multifunctional space. It’s normally set up as a small workspace with a convertible sleeper couch, but it can also serve as a gallery and event space for small gatherings.
This project opened in 2016, and has been almost fully booked since then, hosting groups of travelers from all over the world as well as events and photoshoots.