Residential:  Private Residence, Smithtown, NY
Architect:  Peter Caradonna Architecture and Planning
Role:  Design Development, Construction Documents and Construction Administration 

Summary:

Located on the banks of the Nissequogue River in Smithtown, NY, this historically significant home, underwent renovations and alterations that address its owners desires take advantage of the sites most endearing asset, the river.  While the house was in relatively good condition and served its occupant well there were things that could enhance the owners love for good food, wine, and entertaining.  The existing crawl space, whose low ceiling height limited its use to storage, was dug out by hand to make room for a new 2000 bottle wine cellar and recreation room.  On the homes existing west facade, adjacent to an existing pool, an exterior fireplace was added to provide an area for traditional Croatian cooking for the family and guests.

The crown jewel of the house is the new widows walk overlooking the Nissequogue River accessed from the newly renovated den on the attic level. A custom designed handrail makes reference to historical features of the existing home while the widows walk provides a peaceful place outside, above the sound of playing children, to enjoy a glass of wine from the wine cellar or just the view.  Additional alterations included new stone steps from the first floor to the rear yard, facing the river, and standing seam copper roofing on the home.

Due to the proximity to wetlands along the banks of the Nissequogue River, coordination and permitting from the NYSDEC was required, as was ensuring work was done to minimize disturbance to the site and existing home, as well as respecting the Scenic River Zone the house is located within.    

Above:  House with widows walk visible

Exterior Fireplace

Wine Cellar
Attic level access to widows walk

Widows Walk.
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