Taylored Architecture was asked to design a new house and boat port on an island property in Canada as well as renovate existing smaller structures on the island for storage and guest use. The clients wanted the main focus of the island to be the natural vegetation. Thus, we designed a modest house with high quality finishes and amenities that integrated nicely into the island landscape. The project is currently in the design permitting phase.
Taylored Architecture was asked to design a new house on a spectacular and pristine site along the Black River in Watertown, NY. The site is located along an area known as "the gorge" and is approximately 40-50 feet above the river with sheer limestone cliffs covered in cedar trees reaching down to the water. The program included a two-car garage with music studio/guest apartment above as well as a two-bedroom house. To keep the massing smaller the garage is connected to the house with a small link that functions as the entry hall. Each room seeks to maximize the majestic views of the River with an open floor plan and large windows. Photographs by Joseph T Meirose IV.
Taylored Architecture was asked to design a waterfront house in the Town of Clayton. The vacant lot provided for spectacular views. The west view offers year-round sunsets and the east view offers gorgeous sunrises and pristine views of untouched, rolling farmland. The house was designed to maximize east/west views out of the main living spaces and also vantage points for the year-round St. Lawrence River sunsets. A large covered porch, coupled with traditional farmhouse-style detailing was designed on the south side of the house, melding nicely with the surrounding farmland. The waterfront aesthetic was designed with a more contemporary beach house feel with floor to ceiling glass, open living spaces, a weathered cedar deck pergola, and screened porch. This project is currently in design development.
Taylored Architecture was asked to design a "tiny house" or "love shack" for a client on Grindstone Island as a surprise gift for she and her husband's 20th wedding anniversary. The client desired a contemporary aesthetic with efficient spaces. The standing seam roof wraps down the back exterior wall of the structure to add to the contemporary aesthetic. Large windows and doors bring the outside in. Interior finishes include plywood walls, a mix of extraordinary tiles, and brushed stainless steel fixtures. This has been a fun project for very fun clients. Project built by Absolute Construction. Top two photos by Eric Salsbery.
Taylored Architecture was commissioned to significantly alter an existing cottage on Murray Isle. The family had outgrown the existing facility and desired a more efficient and thought out floor plan. The concept was to tread as lightly on the site as possible and keep the project modest in its outward appearance, much like the surrounding cottages. Project built by French Bay Custom Building.
We were asked to design a new house and boathouse in place of an existing cottage on a beautiful island property in Eel Bay. The clients desired a traditional aesthetic, thus the house design was developed with an arts and crafts style. We sited the new house in the location of the existing house in an effort to save old growth trees on the island. As the house and boathouse were sited so near each other, we connected them with a stair tower and bridge. The stair tower was designed to be large enough for a library/office on the top floor and a small workout room on the dock level.
Taylored Architecture in collaboration with Steve Taylor - Builder completed the Schematic Design and issued the Building Permit Set for this year-round cottage in the historic community of Thousand Island Park, NY. The project was completed in early summer 2013. The design for this project needed to have roots in the historical vernacular of Thousand Island Park. As the project progressed it developed toward a shingle style aesthetic. The two most striking elements of the design are the lantern style tower and the Piazza on the Northwest facade. Photographs by Joseph T Meirose IV.
Taylored Architecture was commissioned to create a contemporary "outbuilding" addition to a whimsical, historic cottage on Round Island. The clients requested a screened breezeway connection between the existing cottage and the new "outbuilding." We sited the new building on an angle to capitalize on the majestic views of the international bridge and sunrises. Creating a simple, cross-gable building also provided for a more dynamic relationship with the original structure. The interior boasts a contemporary kitchen and the deck provides a beautiful spot for outdoor dining.
We were asked to update and renovate this existing island home near Alexandria Bay, NY. We replaced and revised all windows, revised the interior layouts to maximize River views, performed construction coordination, and assisted with interior and exterior finish selections. Project built by Valley Maples Construction.
Taylored Architecture was asked to design a new house along the lakefront in Cape Vincent, NY. Our clients provided a modern program with a request for a traditional house style. We took our design cues from some of the Greek revival historic houses in the town of Cape Vincent. The result is a design with a timeless exterior and a functional, modern-day interior.
Taylored Architecture was asked to design a new cottage in a small community on Lake Ontario. Our clients desired a traditional style house that pays homage to the historic architecture of the area. Inspiration for the design was gleaned from historic images of community cottages as well as the clients' goals for modern amenities, accessibility to the waterfront, and open spaces. The lot for the house is quite narrow, thus we developed a three-floor design that met the clients' program within the property parameters. This project is in design development.
We completely renovated this 1910 arts and crafts style bungalow to retain the original charm of the house, yet update it with modern functionality and amenities. The existing baths and kitchen were in need of major updates. Thus, we were able to add on to the kitchen and update it with a new apron farmhouse sink, custom cabinetry, and modern appliances, including a fun Ruby Red Blue Star range. The bathrooms were reconfigured and re-tiled using materials appropriate for the original era. We sourced arts and crafts style stained glass windows from the 1910 era to create additional charm for the bathroom as well as privacy. The original hardwood floors throughout the house were salvaged and refinished. The original windows were previously replaced. Thus, we specified new windows for the house that are reminiscent to the original windows.
Taylored Architecture was commissioned to design a new house on Round Island. The clients had a clear vision for the aesthetic of the structure and worked closely with us to create the design. There are many exciting interior design concepts that were integrated into the design to help create a refined yet rustic space for this family's island house. The project was designed to be constructed in two phases. Phase 1 construction began in October of 2014.
This charming 12’X14’ tent kit was purchased from a company called Sweetwater Bungalows. Taylored Architecture made this tent a summer home by salvaging, refinishing and installing reclaimed windows and doors, including antique french doors and hardware; designing a cedar frame for the tent structure; and siting the bungalow in a low valley, about 100’ from shore in the center of the island, which protects the property from neighbors, winds and Northern New York winters. By creating sitting areas and "rooms" within the small space, Taylored Architecture helped to turn this relatively small tent into a luxurious getaway. The light and shadows shining through the walls along with the wind and rain dancing on the canvas rekindle childhood memories of camping trips and exude a closeness to nature.
We were asked to provide finishing architectural services and construction details for this contemporary house in Potsdam, NY. We worked closely with the client to choose interior finishes and meet client goals with the finalized project.
Taylored Architecture was asked to design a new house on the foot of Carleton Island in Cape Vincent, New York. The site was once part of the island pastures for the original Zenda Farm, built and managed by Merle Youngs of the Youngs Rubber Company. Still very much a pasture, the landscape lends itself to a low single story structure. It was the client's desire to maximize views to the Northeast and ventilation from the prevailing Southwest winds coming from the fields behind. The house is oriented 45 degrees to the adjoining lot lines and the windows carefully located as to never see either neighbors house from within. Cross-ventilation is maintained via windows, door transoms, and the incorporation of a cupola over the living/dining/kitchen areas. This cupola will also bring the warm glow of the evening sunsets into the center of the house. Project built by Goutremout Brothers Construction.
Taylored Architecture completed the Schematic Design for a contemporary cabin in the woods. The initial concept was a garage for winter boat storage that could then function as a game room and guest suite during summer months. The program requireda beer pong table and kitchenette in the winter garage area. The design is linear with a strong focus on the River views with the game room/garage elevated over the bank and made with a teak rainscreen. The guest suite is bunkered into the bank and made of reinforced concrete with a green roof, which can be enjoyed as a level terrace area.
Taylored Architecture was asked to create multiple additions to this prominent, historic cottage in T.I. Park. We have added an enclosed porch to the first floor and an enlarged second floor porch for increased outdoor accessibility and use. We also added a small addition with a second floor balcony on the eastern side of the cottage to accommodate an enlarged bathroom and kitchen pantry. A three-story private porch to the north of the building was added so the clients will be able to enjoy private outdoor spaces as well. We are completely renovating and winterizing the cottage to increase the clients' ability to use this wonderful home year-round.
Taylored Architecture was commissioned to design an addition to a historic Victorian cottage on Round Island. Very small kitchens and limited baths were typical of these historic cottages and the owners wanted to change this. The program asked for an open plan, larger kitchen, another bedroom upstairs and one-and-a-half more baths. They also requested a new porch to the east that was more inkeeping with the historic character of the home. The living space addition is simply a gable extension with the additon of a bay window and some new dormers. The porch addition is a re-creation of the porches originally on the riverfront of the cottage as seen in historic etchings and photos that the clients had in their cottage.
Taylored Architecture designed a temporary structure that could be rolled down onto the beach for a client on Grindstone Island. A temporary structure is allowed within the setbacks established for permanent structures. The desire was to have a self-sustaining building with a murphy bed in the living area, a kitchenette, and a bath. The contemporary design for the structure takes its cues from the existing main house on the property.