The owners of the home wanted to transform their old summer cottage which was a touch dark and dingy into a smart and stylish space that captured the essence of nostalgic summer evenings. This made the choice of a color palette inherently simple and the extensive use of white muted blue and light greens gives the retreat a subtle beachy vibe. But the designers stayed away from a more apparent nautical look by smartly placing decor and accents that created a trendy modern rustic style.
With an unabated view of the majestic valley below this cool home was once a simple cottage that needed an extension and revamp thanks to the growing needs of the family. In came architect Matt Elkan who transformed the space while keeping the cozy cottage style firmly intact.
While it resembles one of those lavish retreats from the outside the Naked House is all about stripping away unnecessary frills and ‘over the top’ opulence. After spending years around some of the most luxurious homes and five-star getaways in the region Gerritsen wanted to move away from this modern trend.
But the one aspect of this house that truly sets it apart from the rest is the array of green features that have been incorporated by the architects. Passive solar heating and cooling design naturally keeps the temperature inside moderate even during change of seasons. A high-efficiency boiler with a rooftop solar-thermal preheat a heat recovery system a rainwater harvesting system and energy-efficient lighting fixtures combine to save up on energy consumption.
With the orientation of the home also allowing ample ventilation to flood through there is never really a dull moment inside this sizzling beach retreat. Large sliding glass doors and glass walls further enhance the openness of each space.
Preserving an 1870s-era structure and enhancing it with a breezy makeover the penthouse offers luxury that is draped in heritage and timeless appeal. A team led by architect created a penthouse that epitomizes the typical aura and cheerful ambiance of New York City apartments. The interiors are kept largely neutral with white dominating every level of the penthouse.
A magical entrance that is surrounded by smartly placed wooden slats welcomes you to this gorgeous house. Showcasing a beautiful transparent pool that holds large basalt rocks and elegantly placed trees the entranceway sets the tone for the remainder of the house.