In 2012, Brenner Builders completed a comprehensive renovation of this early 20th Century Mediterranean-style estate in suburban New York. In collaboration with Granoff Architects, we rebuilt both the main house and pool house to the clients’ exacting standards, including custom mahogany millwork, meticulously-detailed ceilings, rolled plaster walls, Ludowici tile roofs, new mechanical systems, and full-site development.
We began the project with the century-old structures stripped down to the studs. After salvaging more than half of the original exteriors, we framed the additions and applied stucco finish to both buildings. Though the main house’s tile roof was still in impeccable condition, its footprint required new tiles; we reinstalled the old tile on the pool house. To ensure tight foundations on both houses, we excavated around their perimeters and sealed the concrete.
A new gravel driveway now provides family access to the main house along a lefthand spur and guest access to the right through a porte-cochère. Iron-framed glass doors welcome guests through a small vestibule to the two-story entry hall. A refurbished, grand staircase sweeps upstairs to a library mezzanine, and an overhead light powered by 10,000 LED lightbulbs, can be programmed to simulate daylight conditions.
Wide-plank oak floors, stained onsite to match the rich, mahogany trim, continue throughout the residence. Exquisite workmanship is evident throughout the home, including an arched mahogany walkway leading to the dining room, a brick barrel-vaulted ceiling in the butler’s pantry, coffered ceilings in the living room and kitchen, and an intricate, cast-plaster ceiling in the family room. We hand-milled the mahogany baseboards with a rolled profile.
A back staircase leads up to the second floor landing where bespoke cabinetry showcases a family collection beside the entrance to a home office and golf simulator room. The master suite, four family bedrooms, and a media room complete the second floor. The basement houses state-of-the-art mechanical systems, including geothermal heating and cooling, an audio visual center, a gym, and a wine cellar.
The focal point of the pool house is the great room with four sets of French doors that overlook the spa, pool, and water slide. Four bedrooms accommodate overnight guests while first floor showers and changing rooms provide facilities for swimmers. Site development for this three-acre property was extensive, including irrigation, drainage, landscaping, hardscaping, and construction of outdoor lounges and terraces.