Private Residence in Hudson, NY
The house and carriage house are situated on a compact parcel, 25 feet wide by 100 feet deep. Spacesmith envisioned an urban compound, a series of intimate indoor and outdoor spaces for retreat and rejuvenation. Although retaining the historic façade and front porch of the house with its clapboard siding, symmetrical proportions, deep cornices and prominent corbels was a given, the interior and back of the house were free for reinterpretation. Bringing light into the house was a top priority. By gutting the interior and tearing down the exterior rear wall, Spacesmith had an empty canvas to begin the rebuilding process. Many tiny rooms became fewer bigger rooms. Ceilings were raised and windows added and repositioned to maximize light. A two-sided fireplace, visible from living, dining and kitchen is now the heart center for winter nights and cozy weekend mornings.