8 Sylvan Terrace, one of twenty wood-framed 1882 Victorian row houses in the Morris Jumel Historic District of Northern Manhattan. Main entry above, service door below.
The master bedroom, comprising the entire top floor, features original pine floors, soaring brick chimneys, and exposed roof beams 15 feet overhead, as well as a remote-controlled venting skylight trimmed in satin anodized aluminum.
Custom finishes in anodized aluminum meet original exposed ceiling beams and brick walls in the floor-through kitchen.
The open kitchen/living space on the ground floor opens onto a garden. Random-width pine floors salvaged from a chicken barn in upstate New York.
Custom cabinetry in anodized aluminum, a concrete cube range hood, and Carrara marble countertops in the kitchen.
Kitchen dining area. Antique outdoor chandelier salvaged from a wharf in New England. Radiators by Baxi.
Living area off kitchen. Salvaged antique trolley table. Couch by Wolf Home.
White concrete walls and a century-old city water fountain, turned sink, grace the first floor bathroom.
Polished concrete floors and oversized quartz marble subway tiles meet 14 foot ceilings in the second floor bathroom.
In the living room, original pocket doors and fireplace, previously buried in the walls, are now fully restored.
Original entry doors, pine floors and staircase restored throughout. Chandelier by Flos.
The twenty landmarked Victorian row houses flank a cobblestone street to the Morris Jumel Mansion, where George Washington stayed during the Revolutionary War.
The Floating Farmhouse, as featured in Dwell.
The Floating Farmhouse before, Winter 2007.
Summertime at the Floating Farmhouse.
Three sets of French doors open onto an expansive covered porch and the creek, dam and waterfall beyond.
The covered porch, cantilevered over the creek, dam, and waterfall. All custom millwork throughout the home, including the bead board covered porch ceiling, was created from towering pines felled and milled on the property.
Curtain wall of skyscraper glass in kitchen, 22 feet tall, frames views of the water, gazebo, apple trees, and barns.
Opposites attract: a vintage concrete sink, oxidized steel elements, and ancient ceiling beams mix with modern lacquered cabinetry, minimalist chrome fixtures, commercial glass panels, and polished concrete floors.
Cor-Ten steel panel tower, acid-oxodized and weathered over three years, houses a wood-burning pizza oven at its base.
View from Great Room to kitchen and waterfront views beyond, framed by vast expanses of skyscraper glass.
In the master bedroom, a vaulted ceiling is anchored by a pair of centuries-old hand hewn beams. An oversized wood burning fireplace, faced with a panel of oxidized Cor-Ten steel, warms the space.
A serene mix of ancient and modern in the spare, sprawling guest bath.
An ancient hand-chiseled Italian sink, previously buried in the hillsides of Rome, adorns the guest bath. Angle irons concealed in the wall make the hefty sink appear weightless, floating effortlessly above the floor.
1800's wood and zinc soaking tub, salvaged from an old tenement building on Manhattan's Lower East Side and wrapped in stainless steel.
The original cedar roof shingles, discovered during demolition and exposed in the newly vaulted master bedroom.
Double vessel sinks, jacuzzi tub, and wall-to-wall shower stall in master bathroom. Tub wrapped in salvaged planks. Counter top made from pine trees cut and milled on the property.
The Great Room features a 48" wood burning fireplace faced in oxidized Corten steel, restored coffered ceilings, and the waterfall's cascading rhythm as it fills the grand space.
A classic Catskills gazebo beckons drinks and conversation at the water's edge.
Sweeping lawns and serene country views offer many options for friends and family to gather.
An old barn, smokehouse, and apple trees dot the iconic farmhouse landscape. The original chicken barn will soon be undergoing a modernist reinterpretation.
Fully restored to its period grandeur while featuring purely modernist elements, including a curtain wall of skyscraper glass in the kitchen, polished concrete and steel finishes, and a cantilevered porch "floating" on the surface of the water.
A long driveway, flanked by ancient pines, leads to the Floating Farmhouse.
The torquing addition’s supple, silvery skin at twilight.
The first design impetus was to bring the original house back. The second was to turn it on its ear.
The direction from the homeowner was simple; open space and lots of light. A suspended balcony draws the eye up the full height of the gently curving walls as sunlight washes down from above.