Westchester County, NY
This site for this new home is situated on a scenic lot featuring mature trees, remnant gardens to be restored and a spring-fed pond. The empty nester couple commissioned Barnett Architecture to prepare a design through the Design Development level and then hand-off to a local firm and review the final construction documents at scheduled intervals prior to construction.
The design process began with developing a series of site studies addressing wetland boundaries, existing house removal, significant topographic features and the existing entry drive and site utilities.
All living spaces face the pond - the "jewel" - from the living and dining rooms to the screen porch and away room to the master bedroom. For privacy the guest bedrooms are located above the garage while the exercise, office and sitting room are centrally located over the main house for daily use access.
The client sought a home which gave them a feel of history and comfort.. The massing is defined by simple gables with hip and shed accents to mark distinct spaces and lend to an imagery of the house being built over time.