This family was ready to build a gathering “Camp” nestled on a ridge overlooking the mountains just outside Lake Placid. After years of visiting and renting, a new house was to combine all of their fondest memories of summers spent in the Adirondacks, with the added benefits of year round living, spacious enough for multi-family gatherings and many summer guests.
A large stone fireplace built from local stone focuses the ‘timber framed’ great room and backs onto a secondary fireplace on the screen porch granting even more views to the mountains for the warmer months.
The house allows views from every side and rooms both large and small–the front entry porch, an open stairway, an office nook, bedrooms and even a bunk house
The house is covered both inside and out with exquisite natural wood siding and paneling, a visual testimony the heritage of the mountains and the craftsmen who built it.
This home, built in the 1970s, is in a lovely and desirable neighborhood built of thick, natural Butler stone and heavy timber beams. However great the “architectural bones,” the interiors were aging and in need of modern updates and increased natural light.
The kitchen has become the hub of family life, yet too often homeowners face the same reality as this client – a beautiful, historic home with an obsolete, cramped kitchen built for the needs of a bygone era.
This large pool house was designed to give the clients the feeling of being on vacation without ever leaving the backyard. Working in collaboration with the builder and homeowner, a location was identified in the existing beautifully landscaped gardens.
What many historic homes have in architectural character they often lack in flow between rooms. Like many other older homes, this historic stone house featured a kitchen intended for life with servants, not life with a modern family.
This home from the 1970s got a bold new look with contemporary rooflines and interior spaces that deliver a living standard for the new century. The client required a master bedroom and outdoor space that could be accessed from the entry level, but the lot was very steep and a typical deck off the kitchen would have blocked light and views at the lower level bedrooms. To add to the challenge, the small buildable area left little space for a new garage and mudroom.