How Architect Dan Contelmo Finds His Inspiration

Who: Architect Dan Contelmo, Principal, Daniel Contelmo Architects, Poughkeepsie

Most Important Design Influences: The community, the site conditions, and the clients

Inspirations: Natural landscapes and vistas, spaces with purpose, historic buildings, and clients with passion and mutual respect for design and proportion

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Top Tips: Start with a master plan, to create an overall cohesive design; find a common theme that represents your personality and use it throughout the house; and focus on the home’s spine — entry, great room, and kitchen — and then finish with a master retreat. 

Go-To Home Design… 

Blogs: Qualified Remodeler, American Institute of Architects

Shelter Mags (Other Than WH): Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Period Homes


TV Show: This Old House

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Local Shops/Showrooms: Country Willow (Bedford), Rockman Millwork (Elmsford), Waterworks (Greenwich)

Other Shops/Showrooms: The Hudson Company (Pine Plains), Hammertown Barn (Rhinebeck)

Designers/Brands: BainUltra (bathtubs), Waterworks (Architectonics handmade tile collection), Benjamin Moore (paints)

Favorite Products: 

1. Lepage Millwork windows (offering quality and customization) 

2. Barn Light Electric Brewmaster belt- driven ceiling fan

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3. Restoration Hardware furniture and accessories (for their “rustic and nostalgic qualities”)

4. Waterworks bath faucets (elegant designs, from traditional to modern)

5. Benjamin Moore paint (“They are constantly improving their product and provide guidance with specifications for each different application.”)

6. Artisan garage doors (the leader in carriage-house-style overhead doors; made with distinctive woods or composite materials) 

7. Timberlane shutters (from historically accurate to custom designs in a variety of materials)

8. Chadsworth columns (historically accurate designs in wood, fiberglass, and Poly Stone)

9. Rocky Mountain hardware (a wide range of substantial-feeling products)

10. Exotic or antique quarter-sawn white oak floors from The Hudson Company in Pine Plains

11. Versatex exterior trim (a variety of stock and custom; “Installed properly, it will last forever.”)