Just outside of New York City in Rumson, New Jersey, this cedar-clad, 4,000-square-foot home reads as a single story when viewed from the street. As you approach the front entrance, however, surprising design features begin to reveal themselves––including a second ground level and a striking glass-encased stair tower. Yet, not until viewed from the rear does the home’s more geometric and angular composition become clearer, as well as its use of expansive windows and doors that connect the house with the landscape.
"One of the things I wanted out of a home was an organic feel. I wanted it to be modern, but I also wanted it to be in harmony with the outdoors," comments Kerry Ancheta, the homeowner. To accomplish this request, the team at Narofsky Architecture thoughtfully considered solutions that worked with the lot’s naturally sloping topography.
One key decision was to place the home’s main living spaces on the lower level, allowing for a robust relationship with the outdoors. To further enhance the indoor-outdoor flow, the team also utilized multiple solutions offered by the VistaLuxe® Collection from Kolbe Windows & Doors.
Stretched across a long, open floor plan, the ground level encompasses the kitchen, living, and dining rooms, as well as a guest bedroom. All of the spaces feel enveloped by nature, with floor-to-ceiling windows or doors generously placed along almost every exterior wall.
"One of the advantages of using the VistaLuxe Collection was the ability to accommodate maximum heights and widths, such as placing doors across the entire length of the kitchen and family rooms," comments Stuart Narofsky, FAIA and principal architect.
"One of the unusual aspects of this home is that there is no bedroom wing," adds Narofsky. Whether for family or guests, all of the sleeping quarters are arranged in separate areas, yet each are easily connected by the home’s open layout.
Extending across the center of the home, a catwalk connects the master bedroom to additional rooms on the opposite end. Cantilevering over the backyard, a cube perched on the top level contains a second guest bedroom. Unifying all of the spaces is a glass-enclosed floating pine staircase that creates a light-filled passageway throughout the home.
When selecting windows and doors for the home, the team was most interested in maximizing sight lines and complementing the home’s comfortable, modern aesthetic. "The VistaLuxe Collection offered us a clean, minimalist design, so that when looking from the inside, it’s a seamless look through the glass, almost so much that you don’t even realize there is a frame," comments Narofsky.
Developed collaboratively with architects, Kolbe’s VistaLuxe Collection includes a wide selection of windows and doors, with low-maintenance extruded aluminum exteriors and warm wood interiors. This collection of windows and doors complements modern floor plans and provides the opportunity to create large expanses of glass with multiple units. For more information, please visit the Kolbe website.