By combining reclaimed materials with modern elements, architect Tom Givone was able to "bring the vernacular past into the present." While renovating this former farmhouse in Eldred, New York, Givone discovered the wooden beams that now accent his kitchen in a crumbling Pennsylvania barn, and gave them a second chance. Photo by Mark Mahaney.
The low-hanging beams pictured here facilitated the transformation of a 19th-century barn in Pine Plains, New York, into a modern home. Once crucial parts of the barn's structure, these beams break up space both visually and viscerally, dividing one cavernous room into cozy sections. Photo by Raimund Koch.
In 2010, architects Gilles Depardon and Kathryn Ogawa renovated a historical gem: the first residence built in Tuxedo Park, New York, after World War II. Staying true to the home's basic structure, Depardon and Ogawa gave original materials a modern luster, painting support beams green and whitewashing brick columns. Photo by Carl Bellavia.
Leaving behind the noise of Manhattan, an architecturally inclined couple built themselves a home in Omi, New York. Their house's exterior is made of traditional materials—copper and stone—but has a modern-looking geometric silhouette that hints at the contemporary interior design. Photo by Barbel Miebach.
An oblong home 20 minutes from downtown Ithaca made the perfect weekend retreat for a young couple looking for something new. A long, storage-filled cabinet that accentuates the house’s length flanks the northern side of their second home. Photo by Adam Friedberg.