Asked to adapt this ranch-style home in Long Island, the clients requested a modern and spacious feel. It was important that the renovation be refined, but also have a casualness and focus on space for family life and entertaining.
Working within the existing building footprint - the plan was reorganized into four parts: kitchen and dining spaces were combined, a living room, children's sleeping rooms , and master suite on the entire second level. The dropped ceiling in the main volume was removed, exposing the gable roof structure. Windows were replaced with contemporary picture units and the kitchen and bathrooms were overhauled. Soffits and ceilings were removed to connect the ground level to the second level.
The volumes are clean and simple - painted white with modern trim details. Sofas, plain-sawn millwork, and grey concrete floor make up the palette in the family spaces. The kitchen anchors itself onto a free-standing wall, allowing the gabled volume to be continuous across the kitchen and dining area. Living spaces are bisected by a monolithic doubled-sided fireplace. Bedrooms in the sleeping wing each have gracious private views of the surrounding woods.