Building new but fitting into the old neighborhood with a house that was truly “custom”: “made to the specifications of an individual purchaser…made-to-order.”
This project followed to the textbook definition of the term “custom” as every detail from the quarter sawn oak entry to the tray ceiling master bedroom and hidden doorways was to the precise and exacting specification of the owner. The owner wished to have input on all decisions for his new house, ranging from house orientation to maximize views, to securing and using the same stone as found in the original house.
This truly custom house included reuse of the original front door stone entry and columns, which were painstakingly removed, stored and then reinstalled at the relocated front door entry. As the client wanted this house to stand the test of time, the structure was largely constructed of steel from the basement to the roof. The use of new green products was considered for everything and used for the roof, insulation and windows. The interior of the house has exquisite detail in every room, ranging from multi-piece crown moldings to solid eight-foot custom doors to secret rooms hidden behind bookcases. Another charming detail was a cupola with a library ladder to experience 360-degree ocean views.
A site engineering challenge included building an exceptional invisible edge pool that was constructed on a 42-feet of imported fill. The owner’s objective was for the pool to look like it is part of the pond when viewed from the house and rear main windows.
The interior of the house has exquisite detail in every room, ranging from multi-piece crown moldings to solid eight-foot custom doors to secret rooms hidden behind bookcases. Arnold Karp