Colonial addition/remodel, Pound Ridge, NY

Project location: Pound Ridge, NY
Project type: Addition/Alteration
Completion date: Pre-2005
Architect: Brad DeMotte, R.A.
This project was unusual in that we literally flipped the first floor plan of the house to solve a problem that occurred when the house was first built…….it was sited wrong on the lot & did not take advantage of an adjacent pond. As you approached the house from the road, you approached the back of the house (with the front of the house facing a pond). The front of the house was not visible when approaching by car & therefore was never used. The rear of the house faced a yard but the yard had no relation to the pond, which was a missed opportunity. The house was sited wrong on the lot from the beginning.

The solution was to flip the floor plan of the house; make the back the front & make the front the back. Now when you approach, you’re facing the front of the house. The rear of the house now has a covered terrace, with many interior rooms taking advantage of the views.

Both floor were extensively remodeled, with the second floor being enlarged by extending it above the mud room & finishing the space above the garage. A glass-filled 2 story addition on the back of the house creates a spectacular 2 story dining room with views of the pond.