Optimus was retained to design an addition to this early farm house for a retired couple from New York City who used their small Dutchess County residence on weekends and during the summer to entertain family and friends.
The owners wanted a comfortable dining room addition in a location more convenient to the kitchen. Formal dining had been in the living room where they could not escape the activity of setting and clearing the table. They were concerned about the potential impact on their shaded patio.
The obvious location for the addition was in a space between the kitchen and living room. The solution required a sensitive handling of the design to fit and enhance the character of the house, using french doors to close off the living room and to access a new patio. A separate kitchen door provides private access to the dining room, and on out to the patio. We proposed a pergola over a new bluestone patio for their shaded outdoor sitting and dining. This relatively simple addition was greatly appreciated by this very discerning owner.
Entertainment of family and friends, even on the smallest scale, makes a house a better home.