Friday Five with Aileen Graf Principal Architect at Graf Architects

This weeks Friday Five features Aileen Graf of Graf Architects. Graf Architects is an architecture and interior design firm located in downtown Newburyport. Their work ranges from renovations to new construction, with projects primarily in the north shore but spanning from Martha’s Vineyard to Boston to Cape Neddick, ME. Aileen feels her strengths are in listening to her clients and finding the best solution for their family’s needs. She truly enjoys the one on one with her clients as well as working with all the talented trades people in our area. A strong team effort is key to creating a successful project.


What I like most about being part of this community?

I love that Newburyport has so many ways for people to get involved in the community. Whether you are a business owner donating your time to the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, or a parent volunteering for the youth lacrosse program or a dog lover volunteering for rail trail clean up, people feel they can make a difference. The pride in our town by all the residents is so strong…and so contagious, which just adds to the enthusiasm to make it an even better place.


Favorite activity in town?

A walk on the beach….how lucky are we to have the ocean as our backyard.


One thing you do every day?

Get a good sweat on at the gym every morning. My body and mind needs it to start the day.


Best Restaurant Meal in the Area?

Hands down…kobe burger at Ceia with a glass of pinot noir.

But if I had to say best breakfast, The Hollow Café in Amesbury…egg white omelet with spinach and feta, multi-grain toast, fresh fruit. The staff there is the best!


How you knew North Shore was home?

I’ve lived in various cities and states but in the end, I am a Jersey girl originally and when I moved here I found many similarities to my hometown…small suburb town with a strong downtown center, competitive schools, close to major city for more culture/cuisine, proximity to ocean and mountains. I wanted those things for my family and 20 years later I don’t see my address changing!

Thank You Aileen for helping the people in our community love their homes even more!

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