Big Changes!

February 15, 2014

On February 3, I closed the doors of GreenBridge Architects and rejoined DeStefano Architects in Portsmouth, NH as the Manager of the Residential Studio. It’s an exciting time to be returning. The firm is growing their staff and the reach of their work. The residential studio is an exciting place for me to expand and use my knowledge of green design and the changing practice of residential and especially coastal design. I also get the added benefit of working with an amazing team of brilliant architects.

Lisa DeStefano and I have a long history and friendship. I first joined her firm in 2002 when I moved to the area. I worked with her for over 5 years, and learned volumes about the design of fabulous homes, coastal design…and being from the Midwest, I also had a lot to learn about sloping terrain! Throughout my launching GreenBridge and the ups and downs of having my own practice, Lisa has been a steady resource and supporting friend. I treasured her input and learned from her processes. She is one of the cornerstones of my career and I’m thrilled to be working with her again.

A few of my favorite projects from my DeStefano years…

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A major addition and renovation for a family home in Kittery Point, ME.

Haymarket Square

A condominium project at a downtown Portsmouth location

And some memorable GreenBridge work:

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An addition for an historic home in Newburyport, MA

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Another addition in Newburyport

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A master suite addition in Kensington, NH

I’ve had a wonderful six years at GreenBridge and have been blessed to have some of the most amazing projects and clients. I’ve loved the process of working with them to make their homes more beautiful and work better for their families. I’ve also made some great friends, both clients and allied professionals. Lisa Kawski, Hilary Ward, Sarah Holden, Holly Gagne and Elena Bachrach were some of those allied professionals I met along the way, who became my friends for life. Thanks guys!!

I hope to continue writing the greenbridge blog. At its origin, the name GreenBridge represented the connection of the architect, clients, designer, builders and systems to build great buildings. This concept continues to define my work, so although the firm will not continue, the greenbridge concept (and blog) will.

I hope that you’ll contact me at my new digs. We’re right next to Starbuck’s in Portsmouth (and within spitting distance of 2 other amazing coffee/pastry shops). When you’re in the area, I’d love to meet you for a quick cup.

Best wishes for a healthy and happy year!

Juli MacDonald. DeStefano Architects. 23 High Street. Portsmouth, NH

603.431.8701. jmacdonald@destefanoarchitects.com

www.destefanoarchitects.com

panel-flyerIt should be a great discussion with input from varied professional perspectives.  Looking forward to it!

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Since launching GreenBridge two years ago, I’ve enjoyed building relationships with local talented carpenters and builders.  Having good relationships with the best builders, which leads to smoother and better projects, is one way I can serve my clients well. 

NOW I am so excited to be able to refer another builder, one whose work I have appreciated and learned from over the course of thirteen years….

Owned and operated by my husband, Steven MacDonald, Riverview Builders offers the topmost in remodeling, restoration and custom cabinetry.  Steven is dedicated to serving his clients by always exceeding expectations.  He  brings 25 years of experience and knowledge in the craft of building to each project, and is always learning more.  As Steven says, he is honored to play his part in extending the life of some of our region’s historic structures.  I’m so excited to see Riverview Builders in action in the Newburyport area!

You can find out more about Steven and Riverview by visiting www.riverview-builders.com

farmers-marketNewburyport is getting  a farmer’s market!!!!  Can’t wait for summer?!

From their site www.thenewburyportfarmersmarket.org:

“Beginning in June and held every Sunday, the farmers’ market will take place in the Tannery Parking lot, along Water Street, come rain or shine! When the market opens this Spring, enjoy fresh produce grown by our local farmers and come see what artisans in the community have been creating!

Our mission is to support a viable food system that brings local farmers and the community together where we can enjoy the fruits of the earth and learn from each other. To promote awareness of sustainability practices and how they help preserve and protect the planet.”

Go to www.thenewburyportfarmersmarket.org for more information.  They are kicking it off with a dance party February 20th at the Mission Oak Grill and an info meeting on the 22nd at the Tannery.