Karp Associates employed our full arsenal of skills on this historic 1910 grand residence in need of large-scale interior and exterior renovations and additions. The new floor plan combined large, distinctive formal rooms with comfortable family spaces to create a livable 21st century home. In this “to the studs” renovation, the client additionally wished the home to keep its early 20th century feel.
The complete renovation of this 23 room, 7 fireplace majestic home included full replacement of all heating, electrical and plumbing systems, using authentic antique style fixtures and accessories. Of particular design note was the dramatic Great Room, featuring the use of a 100 year-old existing stonewall to form the bottom 6 feet of the new room wall section. Located a step down from the kitchen and warmed by its radiant-heated pillowed limestone floor, the Great Room provided the centerpiece of family living, offering home theater, broad-band internet access and game table, while preserving turn-of-the-century charm, consistent with the original rooms of the home.
The ultimate in true customization and dream realization was created with an addition of a historically consistent natural wood gymnasium. The paneled gymnasium includes a basketball court and attached work out area, highlighted by a professional NBA maple floor with a full size, custom graphic design.
The restoration continued on the exterior with the complete rebuilding of the expansive rear colonnade, requiring recreating the 1910 era cement and sculpture work. The balance of the property was extensively landscaped with formal and informal gardens and pond restoration. A sunken formal pool and spa were designed with a negative edge and arching water feature.
The ultimate in true customization and dream realization was created with an addition of a historically consistent natural wood gymnasium. Arnold Karp