renovate! : abranowicz home

I have to apologize for the quality of the photos.  This project (another one of my all-time favorite renovations) is from Martha Stewart Living, September 2003.  The only photos I have are directly from the article that I tore from the magazine.  And since the article was photographed by William Abranowicz himself (my all-time favorite photographer) it seems like a crime to put these pictures up in such a quality (or lack there of) but I really wanted to show this project to you and hope that you still enjoy it.

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The original house, in Westchester County, NY (just north of Manhattan) was a 1940’s ranch.  Not too much to get excited over but they saw the potential both in the house and the property it sits on.

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The house, after.  Still a very simple house form, but the richness of the exterior materials gives the it a solid and streamlined feel.  I love the dark window trim next to the cedar shake siding.  Also the new main entrance porch gives you a better sense of the ‘arrival’ to the home.  I also appreciate that there is not a sea of asphalt in the courtyard in front, just some crushed stone.

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Before and after of the garage, turned into the office.  I could work there!

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Floor plan.  Another thing I love about this renovation is that they added very little square footage to the existing house, just enough to make the spaces work a little better.

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It was this article that sold me on the idea of black cabinets.  Set against the marble countertops, I think it is really elegant but family friendly, still, after 5 years.

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Cubbies in the front entry and Danish modern dining table in the kitchen.

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The photos hung in identical frames in the hall make it a destination, a place to linger, rather than just a space to pass through.  I love that and the simple light fixtures.  You can find similar ones here.

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Living Room.  According to the article, the small jars on the shelf (left photo) contain sand from every beach that the family has traveled to.  A sweet idea.

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Master Bedroom.

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Home Office of Andrea Raisfeld, Bill’s wife.

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I see many family dinners out on the screened-in porch!

Credits: All the photos are from the article originally published in Martha Stewart Living, September 2003 and were taken by William Abranowicz.

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