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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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  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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  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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