A Family Home Redesign
Designed with the family’s three young children in mind, this gut renovation wholly reimagined a suburban home outside of Rochester as an adaptable, open footprint the revolves around a soaring great room. We essentially built a barn structure within the existing home: opening up an unused attic and fitting in reclaimed barn beams to add structure and character to the double height space. The redesign also allowed for large windows that bring the outdoors in—even during long upstate New York winters. To make the most of this extraordinarily spacious heart of the now-7,000-sq-ft home and the rec room below it, we created custom rolling furniture that can be wheeled away to make room for indoor games and parties, and a floating catwalk that extends almost the full length of the living room space. Designer Lyndsay Caleo ran with the theme, hanging custom barn-style doors, a massive solid timber staircase, Fitzhugh Karol’s integrated sculptural elements, and colorful painted wood panels by artist Rex Ray in one of the kids’ rooms. It’s a flexible family home full of surprises for kids and visitors alike.