The couple worked with the East Hampton architect Douglas Moyer and Mr. Krupinski for a year before starting to build. They masterminded an expansion that triples the square footage of the original house and added a separate garage. Ms. Kroeger said the family and the architect took pains to make sure the expansion, though modern, would complement the historical aesthetic of the old house. Cedar shingles were used on the exterior and windows have 12-over-12 panes.
In addition to Herzog & de Meuron, the Parrish is continuing to work with other existing members of the design team, including Reed Hilderbrand Associates Inc. as landscape architect, ARUP London as lighting designer and Nelson, Pope & Voorhis for civil and environmental engineering. Douglas Moyer Architect of East Hampton has been appointed as the Executive Architect partner for Herzog & de Meuron and S. L. Maresca & Associates as structural engineer. Ben Krupinski Builder will serve as general contractor for the project.
The main living area of the house look and feel spacious and bright. Several factors in the design and building of the house contribute to this result: Ceiling heights throughout the first floor are 9 feet, whereas many houses are built with 8-foot-high ceilings. Says architect Doug Moyer:”To go to nine feet is well worth it because you get a lot more sense of height.” Nine-foot ceilings made it possible to add transoms above all the French doors which are a standard 6-foot, 8-inch-high units. “The transom concept allowed us to get a little more natural light into the rooms.”
With the help of their architect, Douglas S. Moyer, and contractor, Ben Krupinski, the Lerners salvaged what they could and reconstructed the building to nearly the exact dimensions of the stable. Outside, it may resemble the barn it once was, but inside, it has been transformed. Students will enter the building at basement level – he photography floor – where there are two classrooms, a room for digital photography and editing, two gang darkrooms, two rental darkrooms, and a gallery space.
When architect Doug Moyer devised a plan for this living room in a Westhampton, New York beach house, he took great care to incorporate many hallmarks of traditional design. The floor plan is totally up-to-date. After all, the homeowners wanted a room that would comfortably accommodate visits from their large clan. A living room with a closed off space would not have suited them at all, so Moyer opened the space to the adjacent front hall, to a second floor balcony, and to the terraced backyard and swimming pool.
SOME modern kitchens are geared up with enough equipment to retool the Mir space station, yet still manage to invoke the well-bred charm of Jane Austen’s parlor. Tea anyone? It can be steamed up on the Aga or zapped in the microwave oven, then served in a room newly commodious with a kitchen sofa, pillows, even an armchair.
“The look is taken from the whole world with all of its cultures,” says Britt, who enlisted architects Peter Cook, with his former associate Doug Moyer, and Wojtek Rutkowski, designer Valentino Samsonadze and artisans Peter Napolitano and Ryszard Chmielewski to help him transport his eclectic iconoclasm from a palace in Warsaw to a potato field on Long Island. “It’s a totally international house. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries things were brought from all over the world to the great houses of Europe, and now I’m bringing this tradition into the twentieth century and on to the twenty-first.”
Doug Moyer, the architect on the project, borrowed from history to design the common area as one large space for food preparation, dining, and socializing. “You can stand at the sink and do the dishes and converse with people in the rest of the room,” he says. An island with a preparation sink and ample work counter sets the kitchen off from the dining area. On the kitchen side, a 4’-wide isle separates the island from the range and the 30”- deep counter top.