Finger Lakes, New York
How does one tear down the little white clapboard lakeside cottage where you lived summer after summer, (around 25 in all), watching your children grow? This is the question faced by Pam and Winslow when contemplating building their dream home on the Canandaigua Lake site.
The cottage offered its coziness while the family played cards during rainy summer weekends. The bedrooms tucked in the roof were a bit warm on hot summer evenings but offered views to the lake through the branches of oak trees. It takes a strong will to replace a home full of memories.
We created a timber framed home that features cozy, hip ceiling pavilions on either side of a soaring great room. The two pavilions contain the kitchen and master bedroom. The great room offers a delicate frame of curving and tapered timbers that frame the view through the same oak trees to the lake.