Manhattan-based practice Messana O’Rorke has completed a lovely renovation of a 1734 Dutch farmhouse in Upstate New York that also involved adding a contemporary extension to the existing structure.
Ten Broeck Cottage, as it’s called, is formed by an H-bent frame, a construction technique that characterizes all 17th century New Netherland architecture, and rough-hewn beams. These details, as well as a few wide-plank floorboards and wattle-and-daub walls found in the basement, were the only elements that survived from the original building.
The architects used salvaged floor boards from a local antique shop to complete the renovation by matching it with the exposed wood in the ceilings. The team also altered the windows, opened up the interiors, only to create different zones delineated by the inclusion of a double-faced central fireplace. Two bedrooms are found upstairs within the gabled roof space, and these are finished in clean white walls and ceilings.
As for the extension, that takes the shape of a simple, rectangular cube rendered in weathering steel and a wall of recessed windows, and comprises a modern kitchen as well as a guest room. Below that is a basement that contains an exercise room and sauna. Have a look.