When the couple purchased a historic estate in the Hudson Valley, they did so with every intention of restoring, renovating and expanding the original 1908 house. But then came the opportunity to acquire the rest of the hill it was on, including a plateau at the crest that afforded panoramic meadow, mountain and river views.
Mr. Mackin and Mr. Platt both approached the library in such an inventive manner. The ceiling is unexpected (and brilliant), and the furnishings are current and classic at the same time.
“In this charming Queen Anne summer house, a kitchen and master bedroom suite were added on without disrupting the grace of the rest of the house, which wisely retains its late-nineteenth-century dimensions.”
Winner of the Best Bath in the 2012 Westchester Home Design Awards.
For architect Ralph R. Mackin, Jr., “cabin fever” hit early. But his wasn’t your classic case of frustration at being cooped up indoors. His was a case of feverish enthusiasm for rustic cabin-style buildings that he admired during boyhood hiking and camping trips while summering with his parents in the Adirondack Park.
“People want to feel like they are entering a resort where they would be pampered. There’s more room and it’s spacious.”
Tradition is always evolving. By reaching into the past, we create the future. Today’s homeowners are highly educated and confident about mixing styles. Even committed traditionalists, however, are eager to make their homes more comfortable by incorporating sophisticated technology.
Asked about his approach to design, Ralph said, “When it comes to renovations, we try to make it look as if we’d never been there. We can change the total look of a house or enhance what was there in a way that looks organic, which is what we did at the Rodgers’.
When clients Tom and Lisa Cohn called on architect Ralph Mackin to build a carriage house near the pool that sits on their four-acre Bedford property, they wanted their stand-alone addition to reflect their passion for Craftsman style, famous for its emphasis on simplicity, craftsmanship, sparse ornamentation, and the use of high-end materials.
How does a designer create interiors for a historic house that are apparently of the period, yet still possess a contemporary flavor? That was the dilemma posed by this private estate, located on 125 magnificent Hudson Valley acres near West Point.