18th Century Farmhouse

The land was overgrown, various outbuildings were dilapidated and the main house needed renovation, but the property as a whole had features so finely rooted in history that our clients eagerly took on the project. Poor additions were removed and new restrained wings of stone and clapboard added, allowing the essence of the original 18th century structure to shine through. Additions are set behind the main house, which faces the street undisturbed. The barn was restored,... View Project

18th Century Property Revived

Famed violinist Jascha Heifetz once owned the property and the current homeowner’s grandmother, a noted violinist herself, practiced with him at the music studio.  When this historic property with lovely grounds came up for sale, our clients were easily charmed. The 15-acre property was once a farm and the main house included the original 18th century structure with various strung-together additions.  The house has expansive vistas of the property’s rolling... View Project

1913 Craftsman House

Situated on a lovely Riverside street hugging the Mianus River, this house sat idle on the market for two years. Many potential buyers simply wanted to tear it down. But the 1913 Craftsman style and structure of this stucco house merited preservation — and that required extensive renovation of its design and materials. In the original plan, five sets of stairs led to two separate wings awkwardly connected by a large living room with a 25-foot ceiling. Lowering the living... View Project

1920’s English Arts and Crafts Revived

Sited at the mouth of the Mianus River, this stately 1914 English Arts and Crafts style house was in need of repair and light to connect it to the welcoming landscape.  A texturing of materials on the outside: fieldstone, brick, slate, clapboard, half-timbers, and stucco eased the placement of new French doors, windows and dormers.  A new entrance in front of the house of curving wire-glass and wrought-iron canopy is thoroughly Arts & Crafts.  A new light-... View Project

1920s Tudor Revival Restored

Built during the 1920s in the Tudor Revival style, this Greenwich residence had devolved into a French-style house with major structural problems, and the 5.5-acre property and outbuildings were in serious disrepair. Pictures of the original structure spurred our clients to embark on a complete renovation that included additions for family living: a new kitchen, family room, pool room, mudroom and extra bedrooms. Now all interiors mirror the original design but with... View Project

19th Century Clapboard Ridge

According to Greenwich lore, this 1889 clapboard Colonial was the first structure built on Clapboard Ridge, thus lending the area its name. This historic farmhouse with small, low-ceiled rooms was sorely in need of repair and a plan that would suit 21st century family life. A new, barnlike addition housing a breakfast room, kitchen, office, media room and garages allowed the 19th century design to remain prominent. Much of the original house was gutted in order to create a... View Project

A Nod to 1880’s Shingle

Rooted in the 1880s, the village of Quogue in the Hamptons is now a thriving summer resort. The many historic Shingle Style homes as well as new houses recalling that style create a gracious vernacular throughout the town. Our client’s new 6,000 square-foot shingle house echoes this period in a variety of features: its gambrel roof, porches, diamond windows; columns on both the exterior and bead-board paneling; case work with built-in benches and cabinetry; rope and star... View Project

Above the Dunes

This 10,000 square-foot house in the Hamptons is perched above the dunes overlooking the Atlantic. Our charge was to create a suitable plan for its owners, a retired couple, and their visiting children and grandchildren as well. They preferred the relaxed character of a Shingle Style house — one that provided as many water views and as much living space as possible. Our solution was to place living spaces and the master bedroom suite on the second floor, while the bedrooms,... View Project

Artful Apartment

The design of this streamlined apartment focuses on an open and simple gallery-like space that highlights our client’s stunning collection of early modern American art. What started as a three-bedroom, three-bath unit was transformed into one large master suite, a small guest bedroom with bath, and an open living room, dining and kitchen space. The detailing of the 2,300 square-foot residence is minimal: museum baseboards flush with the walls, simple door casings,... View Project

Baths

View a variety of the firm’s custom-designed, award-winning bathrooms.  Each reflects a close collaboration with our clients on the choice of layout, finishes, materials and fixtures.  They complement the overall design of the residence and span a broad design pallet – traditional to contemporary – as does the firm’s work.

Brae Head House

This house was originally built in 1912 for male New Yorkers seeking a hunting retreat in the Greenwich countryside. A century later it was literally falling in on itself. Our clients had the choice of tearing it down or embarking on a complete renovation — not only to keep it structurally sound but to create, out of a mishmash of styles, a cohesive architectural design. We were able to retain some charming historic elements and the name, Brae Head, boldly etched in... View Project

Carriage House

In the 19th century New Yorkers flocked to Long Island’s North Shore, building grand estates with equally well designed, if less formal, carriage barns. Recalling that graceful era, this new carriage house is set high on a grassy knoll, affording expansive views of Long Island Sound. An H-shaped plan creates courtyards in the front and back; oversized custom French doors and vertical planked shutters evoke carriage entrances. A steep cedar-shingled roof and stucco façade... View Project

Colonial Revival Updated

This circa 1930 elegant brick Colonial Revival needed interior spaces to be reworked to accommodate the homeowner’s adult children as well as their growing art collection.  Glass backlit exhibit cabinets and shelves in the walnut family room display much of the sculpture and friezes.  A new kitchen and breakfast room, master and guest bedrooms and baths, English pub room and movie room are some of the spaces that make this 11,000 square foot residence work for... View Project

Contemporary Open to the Outdoors

Although this house was in poor condition and esthetically unpleasing to boot, our client saw that an open plan and outdoor spaces could transform it into a stylish 21st century retreat, just steps from Moriches Bay. New exterior vertical cedar siding, a bold new front entrance, and renovated pool and terrace set the stage for simple and minimal interiors. Horizontal planking in the open public area – foyer, living room, dining room and kitchen — provides a subtle... View Project

Contemporary Shingle on the Sound

Cottage Expanded

This cottage possessed some charming features, and its lovely yard held out promise of newly planted gardens and terraces; but it required both updating and additional spaces to accommodate a family with teens. Our clients saw promise in the heavy timber framing, brick fireplaces and planked floors. By painting the timbers white, cleaning the brick and replacing the floors with rich pine planking, the cottage was brought to life in a pleasing modern esthetic sustained in... View Project

Crafts Inspired House on the River

Our first challenge in designing a residence for this 2.7-acre site, perched high above Westport’s Saugatuck River but close to highways, was to open it to stunning views of the River while obscuring the nearby presence of traffic. We positioned the house so that it addresses the River’s mouth and expanded a stand of trees to obscure the noise and ungainly sight of traffic. The setting now accommodates all the homeowners’ outdoor interests: terraced gardens, a pool... View Project

English Arts and Crafts

With water views of the tidal Mianus River, this new 6,900 square-foot house is rooted in the traditional English Arts & Crafts style. Heavy timber trusses, a stone base and big rooflines, coupled with the crafted attention to detail on the interiors, all signal the hallmarks of this style. The property’s sloping grade-change down to the river allowed us to gracefully maximize views by placing spaces — living room, dining room, library and kitchen — on what feels... View Project

European Splendor on Connecticut Shore

Our clients, one of whom is Danish, envisioned a house rooted in 19th century Europe. But how to balance the formal and generally dark interiors of that period with the homeowners’ informal, active lifestyle and a hilltop site rich with vistas of Long Island Sound that call for light? An L-shaped plan provided the ideal solution. A series of steel French doors opening onto the terrace and pool afford views from all the public rooms and bedrooms above, while the front door... View Project

Greek Revival

This early 19th century Greek Revival had not been well cared for, but its classic architecture was still intact. Set prominently on a knoll above a verdant lawn, the 3,900 square-foot house was meticulously renovated, with additions to accommodate a young family. Exuberant 9” wide and 3” deep interior casings were restored, vinyl siding carefully removed from the trim and finish underneath, and the porch rebuilt and extended to connect to the clapboard side-addition... View Project

Hamptons Modern on the Bay

Large glass openings allow light and expansive views of Moriches Bay into this clean contemporary, a series of rectangular boxes offset with contrasting materials - durable white Azek and dark weathered oak modified to withstand exterior conditions.  The 4,500 square foot house features an open plan for public spaces and five bedrooms.  Double-height windows afford the open staircase views of the ocean while ascending.  An additional 3,655 square feet of... View Project

Hamptons Summer House

Hilltop Georgian

Perched on a secluded wooded hill, this new house pays homage to 18th century Georgian architecture while clean contemporary lines situate it squarely in the 21st century. A hilly drive leads to a courtyard surrounded by a brick knee wall, lending the 6,000 square-foot house a sense of place. Formal arrival spaces are complemented by informal ones in the rear, ideal for our clients and their young family. Two symmetrical wings on either side of the main entrance provide a... View Project

House on the Cove

The waterfront property nestled in a cove overlooking Long Island Sound was ideal, but the proximity of neighboring houses might well have obstructed views afforded by conventional architectural plans. Our solution was a semi-circular house that takes its design cues from early 20th century British architect Edwin Lutyens. All public rooms and bedrooms in this 7,300 square-foot house face the water, and views that would otherwise have been obstructed by nearby homes look... View Project

House Overlooking Farmlands

What drew the owners to this flat three-acre property were its restful views of preserved farmland and its proximity to Bridgehampton beaches. Lacking in this dark and barnlike spec house from the 1980s was charm as well as ample light and space. By extending the rooflines, our design allowed for two strong gambrel volumes that make a classically elegant, symmetrical statement. We added spaces and interior detailing — light-filled sunroom, clean paneled rooms, French... View Project

House Overlooking the Meadow

Set well back from a country road that wends its way through former farmland, this site proved ideal for the new English Arts & Crafts manor house desired by our client, a dedicated Anglophile. A winding drive leads to the front courtyard of this 8,000 square-foot, L-shaped house. The main view is located at the rear, overlooking fields and terraces sloping down to the pool. Both the scale of the house and the materials of its façade create an effect at once... View Project

In Town Residence

A desire to be nearer to the town, schools and transportation of Greenwich led this family to purchase a tear-down situated on a small .19-acre lot in a dense neighborhood. Our challenge was to design both comfortable interior spaces and private exterior ones. We achieved these goals by marrying the relaxed Shingle Style with a townhouse plan — creating expansive 9’6” ceilings, three floors of living space and a full-use basement. The L-shaped plan of this 3,112 square-... View Project

Island Haven

A short causeway provides access to this private wooded island, a world removed from the nearby mainland of Darien. With views of Long Island Sound on one side and a secluded cove on the other, the design focus of the house is a traditional esthetic, one that recalls Shore Colonial Revival but accommodates 21st century sensibilities. Maximizing water views, our L-shaped plan allows all public spaces to overlook the Sound; even the garage and exercise area offer modest views... View Project

Kitchens

The kitchen is the heart and hub of our modern home life and as such holds a premier spot for gatherings often forming a suite of rooms – kitchen, breakfast room and family room.  Each of our kitchens, many of which have won awards, is custom designed in close collaboration with our clients.  Materials, layout, finishes and appliance selection all present a clear esthetic with a focus on craftsmanship and bespoke design.

Lakefront Contemporary

With broad, open lakefront views, this contemporary residence, circa 1980, offered expanses of glass and versatile exposed beams but lacked the space and structure our clients sought for their family and expanding collection of Eurasian art. By adding two wings, the 10,131 square-foot building is now structurally balanced; modernist materials — stone floors and terraces, steel staircases, and a stone exterior on the first floor — complement the art collection. An inner... View Project

Lakeside Country House

Set atop a picturesque lakeside property, this new 7,978 square-foot house on three levels meets our client’s desire for a stylistically restrained, comfortable residence for a growing family. The pleasing combination of English Country and American Shingle styles create a fitting context for the owner’s extensive collection of antiques. Details such as wide openings between rooms, transom windows, tray ceilings and wide plank wainscoting add to this relaxed yet... View Project

Mid-Century Modern Revived

Set on the tallest dune in Quogue, this restored mid-century modern house was originally designed in the early 1960s by architect Abraham Geller.  Rooted in abstract expressionism, the 3,830 square-foot house evokes artist Piet Mondrian’s grid of black lines and primary colors as well as architect Le Corbusier’s exuberant butterfly roof design.  Each section of the double-diamond façade includes a triangular portion pointing down which creates a central... View Project

Mill Pond Beach House

When our client first looked at this 1910 beach house, it was not only in general disrepair — it lacked both heat and insulation. What it did offer were excellent water views of Westport’s charming Mill Pond on one side and Long Island Sound on the other. To protect the house from floods, the original structure was taken down to the studs and moved back. The 15-foot addition of two large gables increased the size of the house to 2000 square feet. The use of wood-plank... View Project

Modern House on Salt Marsh

Set high on a hill overlooking the salt marshes of Holly Pond in Darien, this modern 4,550 square-foot house seamlessly connects the outdoors to tranquil inner spaces. The entry drive and much of the site are forested with native Connecticut trees while an aquatic garden greets visitors. Large modulated windows, a palette of earth-tone grays and greens, cherry wood paneling and countertops all combine with the owners’ fine collection of art and contemporary furnishings to... View Project

Modern on the Dunes

Anchored on the dunes of the Hamptons, the Atlantic to the south and the bay to the north, the design of this summer house for family and guests is a modern one that opens to expansive water views. Conceptually, two stucco boxes flank a glass box with aluminum-clad metal panels, while a smaller dark terracotta-paneled box sits on the west end. Horizontal cedar wood forms the base of the 8,742 square-foot house with ipe decking on both the ocean and bay terraces. Interiors... View Project

Modern Playhouse

Set on a rocky outcrop in the back country of Greenwich, this 2,793 square-foot painted steel, glass and stucco structure recalls the garden pavilion tradition of the Italian Renaissance. Like its Renaissance model, this modern playhouse is designed for relaxation, serving as the nexus of various garden paths — some meandering, others more directly leading to it. The main level features a large cherry-paneled room for entertaining, along with a more intimate media-room... View Project

Modern Summer House

Situated on a secluded lot in Quogue and offering views of the bay from its rooftop terrace, this new modern house is composed of a series of stacked rectangular volumes that loosely form an L-shape. Clad in tongue-and-groove horizontal cedar and punctuated by square and rectangular windows, the house features multiple glass doors on the ground level that slide into the wall. All public spaces — living room, dining room, family room and kitchen — flow seamlessly onto... View Project

Nautical House on the Bay

Like a ship looking out to sea, this new 3,800 square-foot Shingle Style house overlooks both Moriches Bay and a large marsh conservancy. Its many nautical references contribute to the shipboard feel: round windows, a compass floor inset, bead-board paneling, upper and lower porches. The house also features classic Shingle Style characteristics, neither grand nor pretentious, with a simplified trim system that reflects contemporary life.

New Life for Historic Shingle Style

Built in the 1880s as a men’s sporting lodge, this Shingle Style property overlooking Seatuck Cove was in need of complete transformation before it could accommodate a 21st century family with grandchildren. By adding a large gambrel roof and wrap-around porch and re-cladding the entire house, we created a continuous surface that, in keeping with the Shingle Style, gracefully sweeps and bows. A renovated windmill now serves as a pool house with changing rooms and an... View Project

Ocean to Bay Contemporary

Clad in Bulgarian limestone, this 9,000 s.f. contemporary residence sits on the dunes in Quogue with views to both the Atlantic Ocean and Shinnecock Bay.  A combination of three materials – limestone, ipe and stucco – present a clean material palate that blends into the surrounding environment.  The house is split at the north easterly section of the structure with an 8-foot wide open breezeway that looks through to the ocean.  The procession from the... View Project

Pools & Pool Houses

A pool offers the best of summer, a place to relax in private, swim for pleasure, gather family and friends and provide hours of outdoor fun for all.  View our range of pools: infinity pools, lap pools, pools with built in spas, pools with solar panels for heating and cooling, and pools with “ha-ha” retaining walls that create the necessary safety code barrier while preserving views.

Rye Point Shingle

The site is a stunning one directly overlooking a rocky Long Island Sound inlet.  High ground posed an ideal location for this new 6,100 square-foot house.  Designed in the shore colonial shingle style, the house features many classic shingle details: curved roofs, rope frieze on the front windows, porches, and windows seats, all designed with the intent of encouraging a relaxed informal lifestyle. An articulated trim system in the more formal public spaces... View Project

Sabine Farm

On 210 acres in what was then the countryside, this 1910 Gothic-style stone manor house had been meticulously maintained, but it was in need of refurbishing and additions suitable for our client’s 21st century life. Named after Latin author Horace’s cherished Sabine Farm, this large Greenwich property had been divided, yet the fields immediately surrounding the 12,200 square-foot house were beautifully intact. All interiors, as well as the pool buildings, caretaker’s... View Project

Scott’s Cove Waterfront

The rocky outcroppings predominant along the waterfront of Darien’s prized Tokeneke residential community made a stone base the ideal material to seamlessly weave this new 6,435 square-foot house into its natural setting. Also appropriate for this waterfront site is its gambrel roof, a classic Shingle Style feature prevalent along the New England shore. Interior public spaces enhance the water views while a double-height library and gallery showcase the homeowner’s... View Project

Sea Grass on the Bay

Direct access to a waterfront estuary overlooking Moriches Bay in Westhampton drew our clients to this problematic, small rectangular site on Dune Road. Regulations limited the house-size, allowing only a 33’ x 47’ footprint; but they allowed for a small deck and elevated walkway through sea grasses to the water. A side entrance off the driveway serves as the main approach to this 3,200 square-foot Shingle Style cottage. Cornered dormers at 45-degree angles allow full... View Project

Shingle Style on the Bay

The lovely site on Moriches Bay in Westhampton offered this family from New York City an opportunity to create a relaxing and active compound for relatives and friends. Recalling gracious seaside living in the early 20th century, the Shingle Style was ideal for this new 6,200 square-foot residence. Porches grace the waterside elevation; terraces lead out to the pool and are adjacent to the kitchen as well. A second-floor porch off the master bedroom invites lounging, and... View Project

Shingle Style on the Cove

Set on a stunning waterfront site — a peninsula that enjoys 270 views — this new 8,600 square-foot Shingle Style house was designed to take full advantage of the water views and provide a suitable setting both for family life and large numbers of guests. The rooms are aligned like a strand of pearls: the more private section of the house lies to the east and includes a guest suite and octagonal library; the more formal gathering spaces occupy the middle portion; and the... View Project

Shingle Style Overlooking the Beach

The site is a prominent one, on a corner lot overlooking the popular Pear Tree Point beach, so privacy was key to designing a comfortable residence for this young family: a home that provided private yard-spaces while retaining lovely water views. A Shingle-Style house with front, side and upper porches and interior spaces that invite leisure was a natural choice for this beachside site.  By designing a series of outbuildings – a pool house with guest quarters, a... View Project

Shingle Style Set on Granite Ledge

What was initially seen as a deterrent to the property – its large rock outcropping – grew to be an asset as this project evolved.  The ledge affords precious views to Long Island Sound on one side and overlooks private woodlands and a pond on the other.   A stone base foundation of native New York granite, the same color and composition as the granite ledge, marries this 6,625 square foot shingle style house to its rocky site.  A detailed entrance porch,... View Project

Shore Colonial on the Sound

With direct waterfront and views of New York’s skyline, this stunning property overlooking Stamford Harbor met our client’s desire for water views even though it had never been properly updated and did not meet flood regulations.  Our first task was to raise this early 20th century Shore Colonial five feet, a measure that proved providential as Hurricane Sandy soon devastated many surrounding properties. Since the historic character of the 4,588 square foot... View Project

Small Buildings & Follies

These small buildings and follies take their cue from the Italian Renaissance villa tradition of placing pavilions in the garden as a visual design focus and a destination for relaxation.  Some are designed for a specific use – the garden shed, orangery or small guest house – while others are simply created to open the beauty of the landscape and garden to the visitor.

Small Gem in the Fields

On what was once Connecticut farmland, this small but highly functional Shingle Style residence sits proudly in a three-acre field of flowers. Our clients had a broad set of requirements: the house would be used as a second home and later for retirement; and it had to accommodate grown children, the couple’s joy of entertaining, a passion for books, and a north-facing studio for painting — while providing a relatively maintenance-free environment. The solution was a 2,... View Project

Stone and Shingle

What dictated the shape and to some extent the style of this new 6,500 square-foot house was its corner site and our clients’ desire for an ample and private back yard. Our solution was to design a house that hugs the two streets in an open L-shape plan. The formal rooms — foyer, living room, dining room and library — are set in the main section, while the informal rooms — family room, breakfast room, and mudroom — are to the rear. The kitchen forms the pivotal... View Project

Stone Splendor on the Sound

An elevated piece of property along the rocky coast of Greenwich with views out to the town’s charming islands was indeed a find, but also posed challenges.  The site was a deep lot with large neighboring houses on each side potentially obstructing views.  The design solution presents two rectilinear volumes canted in the middle with two circular rooms - the breakfast room and dining room - serving as pivots.  The result is unobstructed water views for... View Project

Summer Guest House on the Cove

Views of Long Island Sound from the pool were exquisite but could only be appreciated in the few months of swimming weather.  An ample pool house for entertaining with a ground floor bar, kitchen and seating area and an upper rooftop terrace with seating, a fire pit and glass railing was the answer, providing year round water view spaces.  The design concept centers the living space and its 12-foot high sliding doors on the existing pool with two 10-foot wings on... View Project

Sustainability Meets Design

Set prominently on a hilltop in New Canaan, this property, originally a dairy-farm, has long been a cherished location. In this ambitious renovation our client sought to respect the values imbuing the pastoral setting by creating a world that, in its beauty and serenity, binds people to nature and the earth. The 9,950 square-foot main house, a Colonial Revival, was totally renovated and significantly expanded. The front porch was extended to allow access from guest... View Project

The Quogue Beach Club

Perched atop the dunes in Quogue, the 1920s Quogue Beach Club enjoys cherished vistas of the Atlantic and its beaches. But its outdated structure, last renovated in the 1960s and sorely in need of a new esthetic, offered no accommodations for parties and no handicap access to the dunes. Two new pavilions barnlike in design now present a strong but relaxed architectural focus and can accommodate 270 diners. The project also includes an expansive deck area for outside eating,... View Project

The Quogue Club at Hallock House

The Village of Quogue on Long Island’s East End has drawn summer resort visitors to its beaches, ocean dunes and quiet inlets since the mid-nineteenth century.  As Quogue’s first true hotel, Hallock House has hosted guests, including statesman Daniel Webster, dating back to 1828.  The building, adjoining cottages and restaurant have served the community for over 180 years and the structure was showing signs of age and disrepair. In 2012 a group of local... View Project

The Quogue Field Club

This new Shingle Style clubhouse reflects the prevailing architectural style of this longstanding summer community. With 16,054 square feet including a usable basement, the new clubhouse accommodates the growing needs of this active golf and tennis club. The first floor features a ballroom for large events, a 350-seat dining room, lounge, bar, tennis shop, multi-purpose roof, office, porch and commercial kitchen. The second floor includes the main bar and lounge with a... View Project

Tidal Riverview

The property set along Darien’s Five Mile River had lovely water views but the buildable portion was across the road.  Our clients were concerned that traffic would be their main view.  By building up the site and planting privet to mask the road, this new 6480 square-foot house now has unobscured views of the water.  Appropriate for the surrounding Connecticut coast, the house’s shingle style design presents a fairly articulated trim system that... View Project

Traditional Meets Hamptons Modern

An interest in both traditional and modern design plus the wish to accommodate family and friends while maintaining separate master suite quarters drove the design of this Hamptons residence.  A contemporary wall of large leaded glass windows and center stair connect two distinct volumes, the master suite and family guest section. A clean trim system and large expansive windows are some of the elements that provide a modernist sensibility to this 11,000 square foot... View Project

Tudor Revival

Built in the 1920s, this gracious stone and stucco Tudor Revival required complete renovation of all interior systems as well as additions to accommodate a contemporary lifestyle. A new family room, kitchen and breakfast room replaced the isolated staff kitchen; a wenge wood library gracefully connects the original house to the new poolside family room and exercise area. The now 10,200 square-foot house combines attention to detailing characteristic of the Revival style... View Project

Victorian Revived

Designated a Greenwich Landmark, the 1867 Elizabeth & Amelia Holly House had lost much of its Victorian grace due to a series of poor additions and ill-conceived site planning. Foremost was the large porte cochѐre that not only obscured the front elevation but added unneeded driveway to the property. Our design judiciously kept what was true to the integrity of the house and property, removed what was not, and added desired spaces that complement the original structure.... View Project