Masterwork Home

A full-service design, build and project management firm, Masterwork Home has been creating luxurious lifestyles for its clients over the past 37 years. 

With everything from kitchen and bath designs to full home remodeling, Masterwork continuously strives to exceed its clients’ every expectation. “Our clients expect unique design, quality product and superior workmanship,” owner Joe Matta says.

Exceeding customers’ expectations while transforming a home is what builds life-long relationships. “Relationships with past clients have been one of the greatest joys that I’ve had in this business,” Matta says.

From 2009 through 2011, the company focused its efforts on transforming the site of the former Ottaway Newspaper Headquarters into six luxury boutique condominiums. 

The Residences at Blackburne Farm

The original structure of this property is rich in history and was built in 1916 by one of the country’s leading horse trainers, William K. Dickerson. In the heart of this amazing, turn-of-the-century home is a fieldstone fireplace that has a horseshoe of the legendary trotting horse, Dan Patch, embedded in it.  

James Ottaway Sr., president and CEO of Ottaway Newspaper Groups along with his wife, Ruth Blackburne Hart Ottaway, purchased the home and surrounding farmland. The Ottaways resided on the historic site for many years and incorporated Ruth’s passion of raising purebred Arabian horses into the landscape at Blackburne Farm. 

The original square footage of the home has remained, which allows for each condo to offer 1,700 to more than 2,000 square feet. “They are much different than anything on the market,” Matta says. “The word ‘condominium’ indicates something they are not.”

A previously enclosed front porch on the home was opened and the natural stone exterior was exposed, with large Doric columns added. The area connecting the original building and an older addition was replaced with a barrel-vaulted entry way. 

Modern amenities inside each unit include gourmet kitchens, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, built-in cabinetry/shelving and laundry rooms. “We were able to take and use unique characteristics of the home, so there are no two units that are the same,” Matta says. “The designs are very unique to the building.”

Carriage House

The “Carriage House” is a 987-square-foot stone building that sits on the Blackburne Farm property adjacent to the home. The building was originally used as a garage for the main house and then converted to a small cottage. The stand-alone building was converted into the sixth condo on the property. Masterwork Home renovated the building with a 1,040-square-foot addition to include a two-car garage, new roof, siding and Pella windows and doors.

The interior offers a living and dining room with a gas fireplace and custom mantle, gourmet kitchen, guest suite and laundry room. “Adding to the Carriage House was a great project that has been extremely well received,” Matta says. 

Vermont Mountain House

A 1,248-square-foot structure, built in 1969 to be a “ski chalet” dwelling, underwent six years of renovations personally done by Matta. The home was redesigned into a 4,547-square-foot ski home. “It was a lot of fun doing hands-on building with our own crew and many friends,” Matta says.

The original post-and-beam construction was extended throughout, including two field-built, architectural trusses located in the second-floor library and continued into the open-air grotto below the main addition. The grotto includes a waterfall, spa and fire pit. 

The home includes three bedrooms and loft, bunk, game, exercise, library and wine rooms. A great room encompasses the kitchen, dining and living areas that open onto a wood deck and covered porch.

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