This project was a full renovation of a 1970’s ranch house. The original house was chopped into multiple small, disconnected spaces. In the nineties a large and awkwardly placed addition was built to capitalize on the lake view. FORWARD was tasked with trying to navigate the constraints of the existing condition along with negotiating the desires of the artist clients, one of whom wanted a contemporary minimal interior while the other, a collector, was more interested in the distinct rooms of the turn-of-the-century houses.
The finished house is a series of discreet rooms that are continuously linked. The entry space acts as a gallery and has been widened to create a clear relationship to the addition. What had been the original house has now been divided into kitchen, a combined living/dining room, and an office/guest bedroom.
In the bedroom wing, a new master was created out of two smaller existing bedrooms. The house acts as a container for the owner's collections. It is contemporary, minimal and spatially open, but at the same time affords the distinction of traditional rooms.
Front entry and living area.
Living/dining area and kitchen.
Dining area with view to kitchen.
Fireplace in living/dining area.
Demarcation of living/dining space.
Hallway to living/dining area.
Steps up to additional living area.
Sitting room with lake view.
Stairs to basement, concealed by a curated art collection.
Steps down from the sitting area into the main floor.
Second-floor sitting area.
Kitchen island and backsplash.
Displays for collectibles incorporated into the kitchen.
Bathroom sink detail.
Laundry room door.
- Christopher Fein, AIA
- Hurst Construction, Inc.
- Bob Greenspan Photography