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.
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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