Built on 112 acres in a village not too far from Manhattan, our client asked us to design a warm and welcoming traditional brick and stone house that has a sense of having been there a century. Images that appealed to him were Jacobean in spirit. He asked for comfortable rooms in which to entertain friends and family, and a large central kitchen. For the client the most important room in the house was a large card room where he gathers friends for games. The landscape and its integration with the flow of the house was important in the design as well as views to the north over the private golf course built to accompany the house.
Trades and craftsmen employed in the construction of the house welcomed the demands placed on them and the opportunity to demonstrate their connection with a long tradition. Of particular note, the demanding limestone work is well executed with training traced to the Cathedral Stoneworks at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Stone carvers were employed in a number of decorative plaques and sculptures embedded in the walls.
The house, while grounded in history and tradition, is also technologically robust and employs a sophisticated closed loop geothermal heating and cooling system that reduces energy consumption substantially. The landscape design planted ten percent more caliper inches in trees than were removed for a substantial increase in greenery. The plan preserved, maintained, and enhanced the existing equestrian easements across the property for the benefit of the community at large.
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