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Carpenter & MacNeille

Essex, MA

Licensed AIA Architect in Massachusetts

About Carpenter & MacNeille

At Carpenter & MacNeille, we design and build enduring architecture. We are inspired by the Master-Builder tradition as well as the rich natural resources and wide variety of architectural styles along our native New England coast. From new construction to smaller renovation projects, our team offers thoughtful and well-built solutions that consistently increase the comfort, allure and value of our clients’ homes.

Under the direction of Design Principal and President, Robert S. MacNeille AIA, a dedicated C&M project team guides each client through the phases of design and construction and we remain available to all our clients at the completion of the project for a tailored approach to ongoing home care and maintenance.

We have been recognized for excellence in our trade by the Best of Boston Home Award, the ICAA Bulfinch Award and the American Society of Interior Design New England, as well as by the editors of Architectural Digest, New England Home, and Design New England just to name a few. Client collaboration and attention to detail have firmly established our reputation as a premier architectural design and construction company.

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"Carpenter and MacNeille was the design/build team for a kitchen and living room renovation project at our home in Essex. We chose them because of their attention to detail, and we loved that the design shop and woodworking shop were so closely integrated. This was our third kitchen renovation and by far the smoothest. We loved working with our designer, Hattie Holland - she gave us several designs to choose from, and then helped us work through all the details as we progressed through the project. Hattie's design was very creative, allowing us to maximize the use of our smallish kitchen. The work in our living room ties the whole downstairs together, making the whole house much more livable. All of the team was highly skilled, thoughtful, and sensitive to our living in the house while the project was underway. We can't say enough good things about our head carpenter, Bob Kellard who managed the project (and us!) so well. We have nothing but compliments for C&M, and recommend them to anyone who is looking for the best design/build for their home!"

"Carpenter & MacNeille built a 3,000 square foot carriage house for us in Gloucester, MA. The project included a first level with space for 3 cars and a workshop, a lower level for machinery and tools, and a second floor including an office, bath, exercise studio and enclosed porch. This was a challenging project, as it involved in essence one level of commercial-style construction married to a high-end residential project. In addition to the construction quality, which was top notch, we were particularly impressed with C&M's project management skills. Planning, logistics, budgeting, etc. were all clear, transparent, and accurate. We have had C&M do a few much smaller home improvement type projects as well. While they are far from the least expensive option, their quality is so good and their project management and follow-through so far above average that we think they are worth it and would certainly use them again."

"We hired Carpenter & MacNeille for a comprehensive renovation of a large oceanfront 19th century house 8 years ago. It was a rewarding experience in every way. The entire team--the architect, project manager, contractors, craftsmen, interior designers, and office staff--were committed to excellence and demonstrated the highest level of professionalism. We were very concerned that the new part of the house should be in keeping with the old, and with the ingenious design and the attention to detail in the finish work, visitors have a hard time telling the difference between the old and the new. While the end product is lovely and perfectly meets our needs, an ancillary benefit of working with Carpenter & MacNeille is that we have kept up both a business and personal relationship with the firm. We could not have had a better experience!"

Services and Experience


2020 Best of Boston Home

2020 Best of Northshore

2018 Bulfinch Award

Large Size (15+ Architects)
Locations Served:
Cape Cod/Islands
Central Mass
Greater Boston
Metro West
New Hampshire
North Shore
Rhode Island
South Shore
Western Mass
Practice Areas:
Green / Sustainable Building
Style Focus:
Cape Cod
ADA Compliance Review
ADU (Accessible Dwelling Unit/Mother-in-Law Apartment)
Bidding & Negotiation
Building Design / Renovation
Code Analysis
Construction Documents
Design Development
Energy Efficiency Assessments
Existing Conditions Evaluation
Feasibility Study
Floor Plans
Home Addition
Schematic Design
Site Planning
Space Planning
Technical Drawings (Blueprints)
Project Experience:
Attic Conversion
Basement Design & Remodeling
Bathroom Renovations
Custom Homes
Exterior Details
Home Gym Design & Construction
Home Office Design & Construction
Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Interior Details
Kitchen Renovation
New Construction