The clients, originally from New Zealand, sought to create a central gathering location for family and friends. Therefore, the first design meetings focused on understanding what the average weekend looks like including number of guests, friends and pets, where they could gather as large groups, and then to create more intimate spaces to simply relax. Attention to how sound travels through the home led to a single-story entry foyer. The staircase then moved to a quieter end of the home so family sleeping on the second floor would not be affected by guests in the large, first floor rooms. Nearly every room in the home has direct access to the outdoors. Either going through the opening created by the Nanawall or stepping through a french door onto the terrace, the home's design emphasizes connectivity between interior and exterior. In the rear yard, the owner created a pool designed for people to lounge on the sun deck, swim laps, and enjoy the spa. Run on a separate set of equipment, the owner may elect to keep the hot tub open during the winter as well.
Set atop a secluded piece of a property, the existing 6,000 square foot residence had been customized by the original owner to enjoy distant views of the changing landscape. Hirshson Architecture sought to improve the relationship of interior and exterior design through the complete renovation of the home for its second owners. The new front facade features a stone porch with a copper metal roofing, a custom walnut entry door, and a feature arch-topped window. Immediately inside, the existing staircase was removed and replaced to maximize the footprint of the entry foyer. The surrounding wainscot panels balance the height of the space as well as showcasing the owner's art collection. At the rear, all windows were reconfigured to maximize the view and the connection to a new pool, fire pit, and pergola. All interior rooms received design features including a chef's kitchen, double-height living room with marble fireplace, a bar, and a new cabana bath. On the second floor, a multi-room master suite includes separate dressing rooms and a tranquil bath with a soaking tub surrounded by glass.
The client purchased a set of plans from a local Hamptons builder to replace their 1960's beach retreat. Immediately, window selections and roof details were revised to distinguish the exterior from similar residences. Inside, the plan was modified to maximize views to the pool, to improve circulation between the entertaining spaces, and to create more intimate rooms for the family to enjoy together. Hirshson Architecture + Design also provided the concept for the landscape design including the custom gates and lighting layout.
The project took the existing 4,000sf penthouse back to the shell of the 1990's structure. A new layout was put in place with the public and private spaces all collected off of a new central gallery. Herringbone floors and custom plaster mouldings blend together with paneled openings adding detail and character to a formerly outdated residence. In addition, terrace doors were all reconfigured to provide full access to the renovated 1,000sf outdoor living space. Divided into three zones, each area has a distinct feel for group conversation, dining, or relaxing while taking in the views of lower and upper Manhattan.
Old meets new in a three-story addition to an existing 1920's Westchester home. The residence occupies a corner lot with three exposures. The street facade presents more formal details consistent with traditional colonial architecture. The rear draws from farm-house elements including an exposed stacked stone foundation walls and covered porches for seating. The 1,000 square feet addition enabled a new orientation for the first floor starting with a gracious entry foyer spanning from the front to the back of the home. A new eat-in kitchen features two-tone painted custom cabinets, quartzite counter surfaces, and v-groove panels on the ceiling. On the second floor, an existing bedroom was removed creating a new entry sequence to the master suite. The bedroom features a vaulted ceiling with a seating group overlooking the rear yard and open northern views. Centered to the south, the master bath blends v-groove panels on the walls with custom cabinets and marble herringbone floor.
Hirshson Architecture worked closely with the client and interior design team to update the layout and all finishes throughout a 1990's center hall colonial. The project improved flow between all rooms of the first floor, replaced the kitchen, introduced a gas fireplace with custom millwork in the family room, and created an entirely new mudroom. The second floor included a new master suite, the conversion of a laundry into a child's bath, and updates to finishes in all rooms.
The existing residence lacked continuity and architectural detail in the primary living spaces. Hirshson Architecture + Design removed an existing fireplace and replaced it with a new design and mechanical systems to allow for a series of pocket doors aligning the family room, living room and kitchen. A double-height living room separates the kitchen and the family room. Large windows are balanced by an illuminated art niche above a marble firebox and floor-to-ceiling panels. The kitchen was expanded and filled with custom cabinetry blending shaker door fronts, with texture panels, high-gloss wood veneers, and a custom polished metal hood. In the family room, a custom cabinet anchors the room providing ample storage for books, media components, and personal objects.
Round Hill Road
Hirshson Architecture + Design assisted a homeowner relocating from Brooklyn to Westchester to update their new home. The young family sought to add a personal touch to their center hall colonial by utilizing custom cabinets on the first floor, and a complete renovation of the finished lower level. The latter included a new bar area with custom millwork finished in a deep blue and set against brass hardware. Additional details included a dedicated arts and crafts table, an office, a media room, an exercise room, and a modern bath with shower for guests.
The homeowner hired Hirshson Architecture + Design to reimagine their existing 1980's master suite. The scope including combining two existing closets into an expanded dressing room accessed through an enlarged master bath. Custom cabinets rift oak cabinets float above a deep grey floor accented by a custom marble mosaic running through the back wall of the shower and the water closet. A soaking tub centers beneath a large window and a skylight. Various lighting types throughout the space include LED strips above and below the medicine cabinets, recessed fixtures on the cathedral ceiling, a crystal chandelier, and wall sconces set on the mirror at the make-up table.
The existing apartment had been designed and constructed in the 1980's as part of the conversion of an educational building into private residences. Untouched for 30 years, the new owners sought to renovate all elements of their new home. A Steinway piano greets visitors and separates the dining table from the living area. A white kitchen with honed counters includes a variety of cabinet types offering open display and closed storage extending to the ten foot ceilings. An entirely new master suite includes a dressing area leading to a marble bath with a custom walnut vanity.
The client hired Hirshson Architecture + Design to modify the layout of the existing residence creating a new library, a new powder room, custom cabinetry for the formal living room and a large kitchen. Throughout, custom details were introduced to adding character and interest to each renovated space. In the entry foyer, adjustments to the staircase open the space to the adjacent family room. In the dining room, wainscot and wallcovering conceals a new door to the kitchen.
Hirshson Architecture + Design renovated the interior architecture of a 1990's colonial. Doors were closed and deep cased openings were created to modify the orientation of the formal living room, family room and kitchen. The completed spaces blend transitional details with a bold color palette and iconic pieces by Saarinen and Herman Miller.
Pirched along the shores of a natural lake in the Catskills, the existing home began as a hotel and passed into the hands of a family in the 1960's. Shared by several generations, the owners sought to create a series of spaces accommodating large and small gatherings all with direct access to the lake. The resulting fourteen bedrooms of the family retreat all radiate off the central great room complete with an open kitchen, custom media cabinet, and a restored marble fireplace.
Constructed in the late 1800's, the owners of this historic home engaged Hirshson Architecture + Design to convert the third floor attic space into a sophisticated master suite. The existing dormers influenced the division of the spaces as well as providing the opportunity for window seats and custom cabinets for supplemental storage. The master bath includes a marble mosaic floor with a porcelain border, v-groove panels on all walls, and a two-tone color scheme for the custom vanities and storage drawers.