Watermill House in New York by Desai Chia Architecture

Watermill House

Watermill House is a 3,000 SF renovation with a 1,600 SF addition project completed by New York-based Desai Chia Architecture.

From the architect: We expanded a traditional shingled cottage home by marrying a new addition and a renovation project together. The design reorients the house to the garden, an existing swimming pool, and the bucolic views of the neighboring farm in order to reinforce the relationships between outdoor activities and the surrounding landscape.

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The living area, dining area and kitchen were moved from the old cottage into the new addition to establish clear connections to the garden and pool. The addition creates a new main entrance to the house, drawing guests directly into the most socially vibrant part of the home.

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The first floor of the cottage was renovated and converted into a family room, home office and guest bedroom suite. The upper floor was renovated to provide larger bedrooms, a shared bathroom, and a sitting area that overlooks the neighboring farm.

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Our concept for the addition included a bold interpretation of vernacular forms and materials. The new addition offers an expressive counterpoint to the old cottage; its form is defined by a powerful, undulating, vaulted ceiling of structural framing that celebrates the living areas. The architectural language of the original cottage was refined and simplified with a new palette of details and lighting concepts to enhance the flow of light and space.

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The clients are thrilled with the design and also the fact that the renovation/addition approach reduced their construction time frame, kept costs down, and met their sustainability goals of reducing demolition waste.

Architects: Desai Chia Architecture
Project: Watermill House
Team: Katherine Chia, Arjun Desai
Location: Water Mill, NY, United States
Area: 4600.0 ft2
Photographs: Paul Warchol

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