Let Me Entertain You

By Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Permalink 0

What do you do if you love going to the movies, but you also enjoy socializing at home? You collaborate with Vita Design Group! The homeowner of this marvelous basement theater wanted a space to foster that special “out at the movies” feeling, while also providing a comfortable home-based venue where their children and friends could socialize. The basement renovation they achieved is masterful. Lucien Vita artfully shaped the space to fit the client’s requirements, constructing tiered seating, a terraced ceiling and an inset projector, using luxurious materials and a color scheme evocative of the best grand movie theaters. An oversized ...

A Contemporary Foil Designed by Jonathan Wagner

By Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Permalink 0

If variety is the spice of life, then contrast is a welcome addition to the palette. Such is the case with this striking pool house designed by Jonathan Wagner. It stands proudly as both sculptural focus and living space on the homeowners’ property, a contemporary foil to their more rounded and traditional-style dwelling nearby. The space emerged from the interplay between architect and homeowner. The architect was charged to develop something unique and special, and the homeowner was eager to welcome something truly contemporary. The pool house is composed largely of one high-ceilinged central cube, with walled-in treated cedar mitered together ...

GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT SEPTEMBER 11TH MEMORIAL DEDICATED

By Monday, September 21, 2015 Permalink 0

The new Greenwich, Connecticut September 11th Memorial was dedicated at a 9AM ceremony on Friday, September 11th 2015. Sponsored by the non-profit Greenwich Community Projects Fund and paid for with private contributions of over 1000 citizens, the new Memorial was designed by Charles Hilton Architects and Doyle Herman Design Associates to honor the 33 men and women with ties to the Greenwich community lost on that tragic day, as a place for gathering and reflection for family members and friends, and as a place for education and teaching of future generations. The Memorial is sited on a hilltop overlooking the water ...

Renovating a Classic Colonial – Michael Smith Architects

By Monday, August 17, 2015 Permalink 0

As with many of his designs, Michael Smith was inspired by New England coastal architecture when he renovated this 1910 residence. “The house had fallen into a dilapidated state, and the family wanted to restore the living space to what it used to be, with the addition of many modern features common today,” said Smith. These features include a large, open living space and kitchen, complete with custom interior features. The client, a young family, was relocating from New York City and wanted to maintain the historic nature of the house. “They didn’t want a big, new house with a great ...

The Gilded Box

By Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Permalink 0

Nature and modern design come together when the architectural team at Austin Patterson Disston creates a unique getaway within the wetlands. When is a box not just a box? That was the question posed recently by McKee (Mac) Patterson, partner at the architectural firm of Austin Patterson Disston. In this case, the “box” was actually a rectangular-shaped home that was purchased by his clients in Pound Ridge, NY. The space, originally built in the 1960s, overlooked a pond that was part of the area’s environmentally protected wetlands. The homeowners, a family with school-aged children looking for a quiet weekend retreat, wanted to keep ...

Opacic Architects Modernizes a Colonial in Sleepy Hollow

By Thursday, August 7, 2014 Permalink 0

Although they aren’t magicians, Opacic Architects had to work a few tricks to complete their renovation of this Sleepy Hollow, NY home. The clients, a couple with ties to the fashion industry, were looking to completely transform their standard colonial-style house. Included with the planned overhaul was a new home office space, an expanded master bedroom and a garage-which was missing from the original layout. “We used the original foundation along with a few key structured walls, “said architect Janet Roseff. “But this project required us to create a whole new space to meet their lifestyle.” “For a something like this, we maintain ...

Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects Take on Transformations

For the architects at Pagliaro Bartels Sajda, inspiration for renovations are often drawn from the ever-changing patterns found in nature. “Good architecture isn’t always about getting as much house on a project as possible. It’s about the manipulation of the building’s envelope so that its living spaces become one with the landscape, “said architect Christopher Pagliaro. “Views are never singular.  They are experienced from different angles, often through multiple spaces.  They want to change as the sun moves, whether the seas are calm, the skies are blue or in a violent storm. It is nature provides the gift. And it’s our job to ...

Bates Masi Architects exhibits ‘old meets new’ in a mid-century kit home renovation in the Hampton’s

Preserving the styles of mid-twenieth century homes isn’t much of a focus for many residents in resort locations such as the Hampton’s. The hamlets, which consist of dwellers eager to start fresh in the community, have a frequent design turnover rate. So when local Amagansett, NY residents chose to preserve parts of their existing Robins Way kit-style home during renovations, architect firm Bates Masi + ARCHITECTS gladly obliged at the opportunity. A good portion of the house’s framing remained, and everything else was gutted down to the basic form of the post and beam. In addition, a larger master bedroom and ...