This awesome project is an addition to a home located in Rye, New York that originally built-in 1861. Besides enlarging the existing home’s structure, Murdock Solon Architects is also tasked to provide a detached pool house with a kitchenette and a projection screen in Theodore Fremd.
An efficient addition is developed for the main house. This addition is sensitive to the stucco-clad 19th-century farmhouse, accomodating the needs of a family of seven and the aesthetics of the owners’ sophisticated sensibilities.
The original house has wide-planked pine floors that extended into this addition with its awesome form in the living room and the large open-plan kitchen. A pantry is also added off the main kitchen, hiding smaller appliances including snacks for the couple’s five young children.
A much-needed mudroom is introduced by a new entry opposite the kitchen. There is also a new staircase made of reclaimed wood and stainless steel cables, resembling the mix of old and new. This new stair leads to the new addition of the second floor that connects to the existing house by a link.
The link is used as the best opportunity to provide additional functionality and also creating reading and play area. A play loft in this house was an unfinished attic space originally.
A completely new finish is introduced on the exterior while the slatted ipe rain screen can define the old from new. Ipe is used because it is an extremely durable hardwood that will acquire a silvered patina to compliment the gray stucco over time.
These materials can highlight the natural beauty of the site through the introduction of different visual colors and textures to create a natural collage with plants and trees on the property.
Theodore Fremd Gallery
Photography: Murdock Solon Architects