This story was originally published in The Boston Globe on December 28.
In a house that has hickory floors with radiant heat and an overall design that maximizes views of its burly neighbor — 820-acre Callahan State Park — choosing to bunk in the room with a stainless-steel bath seems like an odd choice.
But then you are not a dog.
And neither are the current homeowners.
But the owners are devoted members of Poodle Rescue of New England, providing foster care in a suite plunked in the corner of this home that is reached through a Dutch door. The suite includes the dog bath, a padded kennel, and a partially covered walkway to a dog run that also houses a woodshed.
Dog suites are a rarity. The rest of this home is also uncommon. Barrel ceilings accompany curved walls, for example, and the interior doors and trim are a pumpkin-toned Douglas fir.
See inside 1031 Edmands Rd. in Framingham:
The main level features an open floor plan, with the dining and living areas and kitchen directly in view from the stairwell. A curved island with sink and counters of dark granite help define the kitchen space, which offers solid-maple cabinets, appliances that are mostly black, and a walk-in pantry with floor-to-ceiling cabinets and a sink.
To the right of the stairwell is a living area with two foci: a stone fireplace that has a wood stove insert with a grate allowing it to be left open while in use and the upper level of a bumped-out exterior wall with a cluster of large windows.
Just past the fireplace, doors hide the first-floor master suite. The bedroom has a bank of windows looking to the rear of the property, while a gas fireplace brightens up a corner. Pocket doors at either end of the room lead to a U-shaped bath centered on a walk-though closet with built-in cabinetry. The bath has a double solid-maple vanity topped with soapstone, a multihead frameless glass shower, and a soaking tub.
An office and a half bath complete the first level, which has flooring with radiant heat.
The second floor holds two equally large bedrooms. There’s also a full bath up here, as well as a lofted reading nook that overlooks the open room below with a ceiling that slowly pushes the eye toward the living room fireplace.
A broad wooden stairwell curves to the home’s lowest level, spilling into an entertainment room like a mountain stream. At the bottom of the stairwell, the exterior wall is pushed out like it is in the living room. This creates a curved space with six large windows and makes the most of the connection between the state park – a hilly section is visible to the left — and this home’s 6-acre lot, the majority of which is preserved as open space. A portion of the walkout lower level is designed for use as a billiards room.
A full bath and bedroom complete the floor.
The home has an attached three-car garage and a freestanding post-and-beam garage/workshop.
According to Framingham’s chief assessor, William G. Naser, the property qualifies for a 25 percent property tax reduction under Chapter 61B because the current owners have agreed to keep 5 acres of the lot preserved as open space.
David Ferrini of William Raveis Real Estate in Sudbury is the listing agent.
Year built: 2010
Square feet: 4,250
Baths: 3 full, 1 half
Taxes: $11,542 (2017, discount)