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One-Stop Shop: At 7 Tide with Architect Michael Tartamella

Michael Tartamella, AIA, Senior Associate at Patrick Ahearn Architect, LLC, calls 7 Tide in Boston Seaport an “exceptional resource.” In much the same way you might ask a favorite chef where to go for the freshest seafood in town or a trusted physician for a recommendation on the best surgeon, we reached out to Tartamella to get a professional’s take on how he and his clients are utilizing the city’s newest design destination. 

“Most of our clients are building high-end custom homes in metropolitan Boston, as well as the Cape and the Islands,” explains Tartamella, who is a member of the Boston Society of Architects and also on the Board of Trustees of the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. “There’s never been a place where we could send clients to truly get a sense of how luxury appliances, windows, doors and other details would look and feel in a built environment, until 7 Tide opened last year.” 

At 7 Tide, homeowners can see, touch and open appliances by Sub-Zero and Wolf as well as products by Marvin Windows and Doors. “Being able to show a homeowner these products integrated into a natural environment is extraordinary for our clients,” says Tartamella. “Before 7 Tide opened, we would have to send clients to a project we had designed to see a particular window installation or how a particular kitchen appliance fit into the home. This is far more convenient for everyone.”

Patrick Ahearn Architects has long been known as one of New England’s finest architectural firms, and their projects have now been featured in regional and national press, as well as various television programs. “Even with great technology today,” adds Tartamella, “there’s no substitute for a homeowner actually seeing a bi-fold door in full scale or a Wolf range with all its options built into a beautiful kitchen.” 

Tartamella recently accompanied one of his clients to 7 Tide for a tour, where they were able to view their home plans on Clarke’s 16-by-9 foot media screen. However, he typically sends his homeowners at their convenience. “The teams both at Clarke and Marvin continue to impress me,” says Tartamella. “They aren’t there to sell anything, because the purchase is made at their dealers. They truly just want to educate clients about the brands and guide them to the best material solutions for their project.”

Conveniently located two blocks from the Boston Design Center, where designers and homeowners find textiles, tile, furniture and other interior elements, 7 Tide is expanding to include 3,500 square feet of additional Sub-Zero and Wolf kitchens in fall 2017, as well as the introduction of a Kohler showroom in the beginning of 2018. “We are very excited about the expansion,” says Tartamella. “It really makes 7 Tide a one-stop shop for our clients.”