New York Midcentury Undergoes A Modern Renovation Staying True To Its Roots

New York Midcentury Undergoes A Modern Renovation Staying True To Its Roots

Not far from the city skyline in Ardsley, lies an enclave of midcentury homes where trees took the welcome place of buildings. Two Brooklyn-based artists settled on a property that had the added tranquility of a shared pond steps from the door, but decades of neglect and poor alterations had worn down the structure. Architects Robert Schultz and Vrinda Khanna of Khanna Schultz wanted to “follow the spirit of the original house,” while modernizing it for the present. The original post-and-beam aesthetic was restored, while natural views pour in from the addition of skylights and large windows. And since the artists will use this home as an escape, there is plenty of room for entertaining when friends want to follow suit.

West Elm coffee table, custom Joybird sofa, and matching Jens Risom chairs in living room of Westchester renovation by Khanna Shultz.
A West Elm coffee table sits alongside a custom Joybird sofa, with a Restoration Hardware rug beneath. Matching ottomans by Room and Board supply added seating next to Jens Risom chairs.

Lambert & Fils light fixture and Ligne Roset dining set in Westchester renovation by Khanna Shultz.
“The new floor plan is considerably more open than the original plan, and the interior and exterior details have been simplified and made consistent,” Schultz said. A Lambert & Fils light fixture illuminates a dining set by Ligne Roset.

Caesarstone countertops and Basaltina tile backsplash by Stone Source in kitchen of Westchester renovation by Khanna Shultz.
Custom cabinetry with a walnut veneer is across from Caesarstone countertops and a Basaltina tile backsplash by Stone Source.

Miele appliances and Grohe Concetto faucet in kitchen of Westchester renovation by Khanna Shultz.
Miele appliances were used throughout the kitchen, alongside a Grohe Concetto faucet above the sink.

Anthropologie rug and West Elm bed in bedroom of Westchester renovation by Khanna Shultz.

An Anthropologie rug adds color under a West Elm bed, which is sandwiched between Design Within Reach side tables. Caravan lamps show the detail in Cowtan & Tout wallpaper.

Corian Glacier White countertop, Zuma bathtub, and Lacava Cigno faucets in bathroom of Westchester renovation by Khanna Shultz.
A custom Corian Glacier White countertop finishes a custom vanity made of stained American walnut. Corian also supplied the rectangular sinks, which are topped with Cigno faucets by Lacava. The bathtub is by Zuma, and it stands on a Corian platform.

Stained western red cedar facade of Westchester renovation by Khanna Shultz.

Stained western red cedar extends around the full exterior of the home. A pea gravel driveway stays in place with a steel edge.

Facade with Andersen Windows & Doors of Westchester renovation by Khanna Shultz.

“The use of the structural insulated panels for the roof allowed us to keep the exposed post-and-beam look, which is a midcentury trademark, while making the house energy-efficient,” Schultz said. Douglas firm beams and soffits support a SIPS roof, which shades Andersen Windows & Doors. The deck, made of red meranti, overlooks a nearby pond.
via Dwell | All images: John Porcheddu

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