This Cotswold-Style Tudor residence located in Old Westbury, New York was designed to reflect the values of tradition and family, and was guided by the personal and sentimental influence of the owner.
The home was inspired by the Cotswold style stone houses common in and around the suburbs of Pennsylvania. Hallmarks of the style are the random rubble fieldstone walls in a heavy mortar bed, the slate roof, and copper details. The interiors take some influence from Harrie T. Lindeberg, architect of many homes found in Old Westbury and neighboring communities.
This is a home built and sized for a big family. However, the interior space planning focused on creating a more intimate feel. The charm and warmth of the exterior is matched on the interior with multiple family-oriented rooms, the focal point being a double-height exposed timber-framed library. The library was intentionally designed as an educational haven for the children to study and be encouraged to learn. The beauty of the reclaimed timbers and the excitement of library’s spiral staircase and balcony serve to inspire exploration.
When the project began, the property already had an existing excavated footprint. The massing of the house had to adhere to this existing footprint with no deviation. This provided a unique design challenge.
The hands on preference of the owner created a special dynamic and original building process, that ultimately resulted in a truly custom home and a solidified relationship between architect and client.
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