Route 9G - Modern Guest Cottage Conversion
A funky loft-like space with huge original windows salvaged from the main house and a striking Italian designer kitchen.
Guest Cottage Exterior at Night
The Guest Cottage
Originally a five-car garage, the guest cottage involved the adaptive reuse of an existing structure. Seeking to keep a low budget while maintaining the overall quality and feel of the main house, the decision was made to create a funky loft-like space that referenced but was a clear departure from the design of the main house.
Huge original windows salvaged from the main house were reused here. The striking Italian designer kitchen was a used display model purchased on Ebay and bought for about a third of its original cost. The floors are unadorned polished concrete and the window sills, stair risers and a built-in wood rack are thick plates of powder-coated steel. The loft-like plan was inspired by the building’s 10-foot ceilings and reinforced by conceiving the bathroom, hallway and closets as built-in features that do not touch the ceiling – leaving the ceiling expanse vast and uninterrupted. In a small but significant design flourish, the kitchen, bathroom and hallway share a single LED lighting grid that unifies the ceiling plane as it spans different rooms.
The cottage is made comfortable with radiant heat in the floors, a high efficiency wood stove by Morso and central air conditioning.
Guest Cottage Exterior in Hudson Valley
Hudson Valley Guest Cottage Interior