The Larchmont House, designed by Andrew Berman Architect.

The Larchmont House, designed by Andrew Berman Architect.

Credit: Naho Kubota


Andrew Berman Architect 

The clients loved the site in an old New York suburb, but the ranch-style house didn't suit them at all. To provide the setting the couple wanted for their growing family (and growing art collection), they commissioned New York–based Andrew Berman to carry out a thorough remodeling.

Zoning restrictions and the need to optimize the owners' budget dictated that the architect work within the existing footprint, with the exception of some small areas at the back of the house that were removed or added. The garage and the front entrance remain in their original locations. In the living room, the fireplace is still front and center, but the height of the space has doubled, with generous daylight entering from a long clerestory. Otherwise the interior has been almost entirely reconfigured to provide well-defined, conveniently organized spaces. 

Additional space for family bedrooms has been created on a partial second floor addition. Three children's rooms form a uniform line like those often found in mid-century modern houses. And the architect is now designing an addition, as both the family and the art collection continue to grow.

Juror Joel Sanders observed that the architect "really transformed the house for 21st-century lifestyle," and showed that such a transformation "doesn't have to be wacky,” as Josh Shelton termed it, or overwhelming to the neighborhood.

Click here to see all of the winners of the 2014 Residential Architect Design Awards.

Existing house.

Existing house.

Credit: Courtesy Andrew Berman Architect


Living area.

Living area.

Credit: Naho Kubota


Back porch.

Back porch.

Credit: Naho Kubota


Renovated yard and rear facade.

Renovated yard and rear facade.

Credit: Naho Kubota


Renovated exterior.

Renovated exterior.

Credit: Naho Kubota


Dining area.

Dining area.

Credit: Naho Kubota


Interior.

Interior.

Credit: Naho Kubota


Drawings

Credit: Courtesy Andrew Berman Architect


Credit: Courtesy Andrew Berman Architect



Project Credits

Project  Larchmont House, Larchmont, N.Y.
Architect  Andrew Berman Architect, New York—Andrew Berman, FAIA
General Contractor  AF & Sons
Structural Engineer  Ross Dalland
Photography  Naho Kubota
Project Size  6,000 square feet
Construction Cost  Withheld

Materials and Sources

Cooktop  Wolf subzero-wolf.com
Dishwasher  Miele mieleusa.com
Doors  Quantum Windows & Doors quantumwindows.com
Hardware  Allied Hardware ; Blum blum.com; FSB fsb.de
Kitchen Cabinets  Cotswold Co.  cotswoldco.com
Kitchen Fittings  Dornbracht dornbracht.com
Kitchen Fixtures  Julien julien.ca
Lighting Fixtures  Flos flosusa.com; Grand Brass grandbrass.com; Inter-Lux inter-lux.com; Luceplan luceplan.com
Paints and Finishes  Benjamin Moore & Co. benjaminmoore.com
Refrigerator  Sub-Zero  subzero-wolf.com
Windows  Quantum Windows & Doors quantumwindows.com