Traditional Architecture


Photography by Daniel Contelmo Jr. 

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Daniel Contelmo: Daniel Contelmo Architects

Location: Chappaqua 

The original exterior of this 1990s home had strong rooflines and detailing, and the details and proportions were to remain intact when adding on the additions. However, the end of the garage was where guests would park unable to see the front entrance. A revised approach and formal parking area have enhanced this experience while rear terraces and a screened porch were also added. Inside, the kitchen, family room, mudroom, and kids’ bedrooms were all expanded making them larger and more functional. 


Photography by Daniel Contelmo Jr. 

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Daniel Contelmo: Daniel Contelmo Architects

Location: Union Vale 

The surrounding landscape was the inspiration for this home. The plan was determined to maximize views, natural light, and use. The front uses traditional cottage elements, combining steep rooflines with graceful curves. The metal roof reflects the sky and softens the presence of the house. The left side of the house allows for more views of the landscape with full window walls while still incorporating traditional style elements such as window muntins and custom paneling design.  


Photography by Marsella + Knoetgen Architects 

Frank Marsella and John M. Knoetgen, Marsella + Knoetgen Architects

Location: Rye

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This home was built in 1855, but was overhauled by Marsella + Knoetgen Architects. On the interior, they opened up the living spaces making the kitchen and breakfast area one space, they added a second staircase to connect the children’s bedrooms right to the family room and kitchen area, the esxisting staircase was restored, and all of the bathrooms were renovated. On the exterior, the house was completely resided with new cedar shingles matching the existing exposure and they replaced all of the windows. “My favorite element is [the] scale of the home,” says architect Frank Marsella. “The perspective of the house as you drive down the long gravel driveway on 2.4 acres. The overall house is approximately 5,500 square feet, but [it] maintains a beautiful and gentle scale.”  


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