Collection by Caroline Wallis

After a Fire, a Midcentury Home Rises from the Ashes

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A tree house-inspired home takes advantage of the surrounding forest.

Inspired by a former tree house perched on the property, architect Stephen Moser found the opportunity in a midcentury remodel for a large family in southern New York to experiment with a range of building materials. A fire had seriously damaged parts of the house, requiring a substantial renovation using the existing footprint. From Douglas fir ceilings to custom steel handrails, which Moser designed himself, the renovated house accommodates a multitude of grandchildren and activity. The 6,600-square-foot home offers plenty of room for future generations between an indoor swimming pool and boundless backyard in the heart of Saxon Woods.

The Douglas fir slats cover the facade and are repeated throughout the rest of the house.
When Moser first arrived on the site, the original home had almost no good views of the neighboring Saxon Woods.
The homeowners are avid collectors of Haitian art and exhibit some of their collection within the Douglas fir slats.
The second floor den, outfitted for the homeowners’ 12 grandchildren, serves as a versatile and cozy gathering place...
The atrium features a custom stainless steel railing designed by Moser and manufactured by the homeowners’ son-in-law,...
From the northeast corner of the master bedroom, the homeowners can walk out onto a deck area to enjoy the view of the...
For the master bathroom, Moser installed a green marble bath top and green onyx floor tiles.
One of the biggest challenges of designing around an indoor pool was managing the humidity, especially with a sloping...
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