Anthony Hars Architect: Toxic materials vs. allergies

A few days ago, I was going through my father’s belongs, (the late Anthony Hars, Architect) and found one of his many writings. As I read it I was impressed by the way he thought about Architecture and how it relates to us and the environment. Close to 50 years ago…

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Lawrence Homestead, Groton, MA

In the late 1960’s my father, Anthony Hars, was working as an Architect for the famed Boston Architect, James Lawrence, Jr.  In 1967, my parents were expecting their third child and the 800 sf two bedroom cape in Winchester, MA, was bursting at the seams. My father asked James for a…

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Compensation for Design Services Performed

Compensation: Is a great design which meets your present and future lifestyle important to you? Do you value a great design which a builder bases his or her quote? Compensation: Just like you, Designers are paid for the work we perform. It’s the value that counts. Depending on the project…

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Honey I’m Home! Wherever that might be.

A multi-functional home

I lived in Groton, MA, and the surrounding area for over 45 years before relocating to Whitefish, Montana near Glacier National Park. What a beautiful area it is. The diversity of people and landscape all wrapped up into one. The hustle and bustle of life and the quiet sounds of…

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Do You Need Help In The Kitchen? Passing the Holiday Stress Test

Now that the holidays are once again upon us the kitchen is where it’s at. It’s the heart and soul of the home where people gather (like it or not) for great food, conversation, and drink. It’s a place where we find comfort. The intoxicating aroma of freshly baked bread,…

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Square Footage is a State of Mind

I had the honor of growing up in Architecturally pleasing homes. From the beautiful 13,000+ sf Lawrence Homestead, a rambling Colonial Victorian mansion to the 6400 sf contemporary my father designed for our family. I’ve lived in small homes under 1200 sf and a 400 sf bedroom loft style apartment.…

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My late Father Anthony Hars, Architect

A multi-functional home

It’s been four years since my father passed away at the age 79 in Groton, Massachusetts. The following is his obituary which my sister Adele Hars wrote and I wanted to share it with you so you can understand my roots. Born Antal Emil Hars in Hungary in 1933, he was the son…

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First Time: From Dream to Reality: Accomplishments of First Times

As a child my favorite toys were building blocks. I played for hours creating cool buildings, well at least in my mind they were cool. Growing up in an Architects home helped lay the foundation for my life’s passion of helping others turn houses into homes. It’s been a long…

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Creating Scale: Tiny Home on Wheels

When one looks at pictures of tiny homes on wheels one doesn’t really think about height. Standing next to one, however,  the height is massive. 13’6″ from the ground is quite tall. How does one bring it into scale? By creating the illusion that it’s smaller by using horizontal and…

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