We've been taking on a lot of one story houses and turning them into two (and sometimes three!) story homes lately. The house on Sleepy Hollow Road is probably our largest project yet and we love everything about it. People often ask us why we decide to add second floors to single story or ranch style houses. We often do this because neighborhoods have larger homes around the smaller one story home and we want that home to be able to "hold it's own" if you will. With this particular home we decided to build up and out. Both the lot and neighborhood support a larger square footage and the clients we were working with wanted a larger home in the Tuckahoe area. We raised the first floor ceiling from 8ft to 10ft, vaulted the 2nd floor master bedroom and created a loft area and bonus room on the 2nd floor.
We wanted the exterior design to have a Nantucket feel but still fit into the architectural style of other homes in the neighborhood so we kept the exterior color pallet light, varied the roof lines, and added some wood features and shingle exterior accents. We also added a front porch because, well, who doesn't love a front porch?!
The family we built this home for lives a busy lifestyle with several children and in the slower moment they enjoy spending time together. To make the most of that time we gave them an open floor plan so they can spend time together, even if they are in different areas of the first floor. There is a coffered ceiling in the kitchen/living room which function as the more casual family spaces.
The first floor features casual and formal dining and living spaces as well as a first floor master suite. We kept the original fireplace in the formal living room to keep some of the charm and add elegance to the formal dining space. The home overall has a lot of light and is styled to play off the grays and whites throughout, including the master bathrooms - both the first floor master and the second floor master. By far, our favorite design elements for this home are the coffered ceiling and amazing clawfoot tub in the upstairs master bathroom.