A Treasured Island Home
The owners wanted a home to reflect their personalities.
Here’s how they made it happen.
Photography by Anne Gridley & Gary Graves
As daylight gives way to evening shadows, lanterns shed a warm glow, illuminating the area surrounding the pool and the entrance to the two-story guesthouse designed for the owner’s three sons and their families.
When viewed from the road the new home on the river is understated in comparison to many of the others in the upscale community. It’s when you are invited inside that the understated becomes extraordinary, for what you see tells the tale of a husband and wife who knew what they wanted and how to get it.
The expertise of their professional team – architect Clem Schaub, AAC Builders’ John Huryn, and Anthony Tinghitella of Smythe & Cortlandt Interiors/Decorative Furnishings – has created a residence that is open and airy, with unexpected surprises that delight the senses. The beauty of it is that everyone involved with the three-year project thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Schaub: “In residential architecture you’re trying to paint a portrait of the people who will live there so you have to observe and learn as much as you can about them. The house is supposed to be an image of them, not of me, but it still has my brush stroke. The clients are both independent thinkers but they make an incredible team. They put their passion into the project from the very beginning and loved the process; so did we.”
Huryn: “With every project we do there’s always a vision in someone’s head. It’s where are we going to sit when we’re having breakfast, where is there a place for our family and for the grandchildren when they come to visit? The clients knew how they wanted to live and entertain. They absolutely set the tone.”
Tinghitella: “What’s so wonderful about the husband and wife is that they’re great managers who bring out the best in everyone. They basically ran the show, going to the professionals in their field for the best solutions, leaning on each one of us for our expertise. It was a positive, collaborative effort of design and construction problem-solving.”
Read the entire article in the January 2012 issue