Project Description2008 RADA
Jury members knew the moment they laid eyes on this renovation of a 1929 Tudor-style estate that its update was especially sensitive and skillful. In fact, all the changes were so appropriate and natural in their execution, the project looked more like a restoration than a renovation. And for this reason, they lifted it from its entered category of Renovation and singled it out for a special Judges' Award.
The judges found special merit in the integration of outdoor spaces with existing structure. They also greatly admired the exquisite detailing of such “found spaces” as the attic billiards room. The newly finished and remodeled spaces are well-balanced and work within the language of the original house, they said, adding, “These are the right solutions for that house.”
Architects John Malick and Betsy Goodman strove for exactly this reaction. While adhering to the building's stylistic vocabulary, the pair opened up small, dark rooms and strengthened their ties to the outdoors. They didn't eliminate walls completely; instead, they made new openings framed by arches or columns. Each new piece maintained the proportions, detailing, and quality of the original, thanks in part to a top-notch team of artisans and craftspeople. “The challenge,” Goodman says, “was getting light inside and giving rooms open connection while respecting the integrity of the original house.”