Stern McCafferty

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Elle Decor features Newport Modern home designed by Stern McCafferty

June 2024

"Amid the Gilded Age mansions of this historic Rhode Island enclave, a modernist gem charts a stunning new path."

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Newport Modern complete

August 2023

The modern forms and natural materials of this ocean front home are set in a carefully wrought landscape that transitions from an enclosed entry garden to expansive terraces and natural meadows overlooking the water.

Maugus Hill completed

April 2023

A cascading stair, designed with open risers, and a steel and glass bridge animate the connection between the existing 1930’s structure and new additions. Glass floors bring light down through the house and highlight a sophisticated, but playful interior.

Cape Cod nearing completion

January 2023

Nestled into a magical landscape of dunes, pitch pines and scrub oaks, this modern house was designed for simple living and an uncompromised connection between the interior spaces and their natural setting.

Newport Modern is in progress

January 2023

An elegant palette of natural materials enclose simple volumes. Reclaimed granite veneer is matched with a mahogany rainscreen and zinc accents to create a durable, and natural home in a stunning landscape.

French Library wins preservation award

January 2023

Stern McCafferty’s meticulous renovations to the historic French Library in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood garnered praise from the Gibson House Museum; the Library was the honoree at the Museum’s 26th Annual Benefit.

Berkshires Residence On the Boards

January 2023

Stern McCafferty is delighted to be designing a new home in the Berkshires. Highly site-specific, the building encloses an intimate meadow garden that looks out to expansive mountain views to the west.

Cape Cod nearing completion

September 2022

Simple, unadorned volumes and timeless materials are grounding elements for this modern, ocean-front home.

Maugus Hill nearing completion

July 2022

A carefully proportioned and reserved expansion of an understated 1930’s home is another example of how modern design can fit beautifully within a traditional environment. This image of the front façade shows the original brick structure, stripped of unnecessary details, refitted with steel windows and painted white.

Maugus Hill in progress

October 2021

Limestone, yellow cedar and zinc surfaces, are punctuated with steel windows to form a modern composition nestled into the landscape. The connection between inside and outside is a fundamental aspect of this design.

Newport Modern is underway

August 2021

Stern McCafferty is excited to be starting design on a modern, ocean front home outside of Newport, RI. Simple forms of natural wood and stone help shape the land and capture the beauty of the site.

Stern McCafferty wins 2019 BSA Award

December 2019

The Boston Society of Architects recognizes Stern McCafferty with a Design Award for this modern home north of Boston. The building is carefully integrated with the site and descends gracefully from a steep, granite outcropping.

Stern McCafferty wins IIDA Award

March 2019

Stern McCafferty receives a Residential Design Award from the International Interior Design Awards program.

Photoshoot at Red Coach Lane

September 2018

Another successful photo shoot is in the books! Seeing our work through the lens of a camera is always rewarding and there’s always something new to be discovered. Thank you to @chuckchoi for his keen eye.

Stern McCafferty wins Best of Boston

July 2018

Stern McCafferty is awarded Best Contemporary Architect of 2018 by Boston Magazine.

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B/A/D Talk

June 2018

David Stern is a panelist for a Builders/Architects/Designers talk ‘The Challenge of Doing Things Right”. The subject is something fundamental to Stern McCafferty’s practice: everything worth doing is worth doing right.

Weston Residence on the cover of New England Home Magazine

March 2018

“A Bright, Light and Contemporary Home in Weston, MA” is the feature article in this issue of New England Home. The new construction, nestled into the site with a beautiful, modern landscape, graces the cover of the magazine.

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Ritz Carlton Residence featured in Boston Common Magazine

December 2017

“Stern McCafferty creates an urban oasis for a family with minimalist tastes and a spectacular array of artwork.”

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Chestnut Street Residence is featured in Boston Home Magazine

November 2017

“History Reimagined on Beacon Hill” is the feature article in this issue of Boston Home. The article focusses on how Stern McCafferty “balances new and old”, how within the shell of a carefully restored antique home, an interior was created with “a crisp aesthetic that reflects the modern tastes of the homeowners.”

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Stern McCafferty Awarded Best of Boston

November 2017

Stern McCafferty is honored to be awarded Best Contemporary Architect by Boston Home Magazine in their annual guide to the region’s top design professionals.

French Library

July 2017

Stern McCafferty is proud to be a sponsor for the annual Bastille Day celebration at the French Library in Boston. Renovations are underway to create a modern library, classroom and cultural center in two historic Back Bay townhomes.

Fayerweather Street Residence is featured in Dezeen

May 2017

Dezeen Architecture + Design Magazine features Stern McCafferty’s work in their Top Architecture Series.

“The abstract and modern language of this addition is deferential to the original building, without replicating its style.”

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Weston Residence receives Prism Award

March 2017

Stern McCafferty is honored to receive this award, which “recognizes the finest projects and outstanding achievements in the home building industry.”

Photoshoot at the Chestnut Street Townhouse

July 2016

Photographs capture a moment in time and can be framed to highlight details that might otherwise be overlooked. This image shows a custom-designed magnetic pin up board for the client’s own photography work. Chestnut Street townhouse photography by Eric Roth.