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A self-taught designer embarks upon a solo mission to resuscitate a 19th-century homestead.

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  The Floating Farmhouse’s semitransparent addition has a roofline that matches the pitch of the original 1820s farmhouse. A porch, tucked under the side eaves, is cantilevered over a stream that runs through the property. Ikea loungers are illuminated from the interior by commercial gymnasium lights repurposed as pendant lamps.  Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    The Floating Farmhouse’s semitransparent addition has a roofline that matches the pitch of the original 1820s farmhouse. A porch, tucked under the side eaves, is cantilevered over a stream that runs through the property. Ikea loungers are illuminated from the interior by commercial gymnasium lights repurposed as pendant lamps.

    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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  The original 1820s farmhouse.  Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    The original 1820s farmhouse.

    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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  Tom Givone sits at a table of his own design, which he had fabricated from reclaimed wood by a local carpenter.  Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    Tom Givone sits at a table of his own design, which he had fabricated from reclaimed wood by a local carpenter.

    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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  The table is situated in front of the house’s rear wall of skyscraper glass. Laminate kitchen cabinets by Ikea are framed in wraparound bluestone; the 48-inch commercial range is by FiveStar.  Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    The table is situated in front of the house’s rear wall of skyscraper glass. Laminate kitchen cabinets by Ikea are framed in wraparound bluestone; the 48-inch commercial range is by FiveStar.

    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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  Givone considers his pizza-cooking technique in front of the custom built wood-fired oven.  Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    Givone considers his pizza-cooking technique in front of the custom built wood-fired oven.

    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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  “The hope has been to combine archaic and modern elements in a way that would enhance the beauty of each by virtue of its contrast with the other.” —Tom Givone  Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    “The hope has been to combine archaic and modern elements in a way that would enhance the beauty of each by virtue of its contrast with the other.” —Tom Givone

    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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  A gas fireplace fronted in weathered steel warms up the lofty master bedroom, whose spare decor is framed with beams discovered in a Pennsylvania barn. The Tizio desk lamp is by Artemide.  Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    A gas fireplace fronted in weathered steel warms up the lofty master bedroom, whose spare decor is framed with beams discovered in a Pennsylvania barn. The Tizio desk lamp is by Artemide.

    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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  A salvaged 19th-century soaking tub wrapped in stainless steel is topped by Hudson Reed faucets.  Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    A salvaged 19th-century soaking tub wrapped in stainless steel is topped by Hudson Reed faucets.

    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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  In the guest bathroom, Givone installed a hand-chiseled sink made of 17th-century marble quarried from the hills outside of Rome.  Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    In the guest bathroom, Givone installed a hand-chiseled sink made of 17th-century marble quarried from the hills outside of Rome.

    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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  A section of the farmhouse’s original shingled roof peeks out from under the new, raised ceiling in the master bedroom.  Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    A section of the farmhouse’s original shingled roof peeks out from under the new, raised ceiling in the master bedroom.

    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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  The floor plan.  Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    The floor plan.

    Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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