New York architectural designer and builder Tom Givone is on a mission to explore “the contrast between historic and modern and play these extreme elements against one another.” Case in point: Givone’s four-year renovation of a dilapidated 1820 farmhouse in the Catskills that he describes as “a study in contrastsâ€”fully restored to its period grandeur while featuring purely modernist elements.”
The Floating Farmhouse is situated at the edge of a waterfall, two hours from New York City, near the hamlet of Narrowsburg, and the good news is, it’s available for rent.
Above: The kitchen resides in a modern addition that echoes the roofline of the original house. The 22-foot-high glazed curtain wall is skyscraper glass in a steel framework; it overlooks a brook and a gazebo.
Above: The kitchen’s hand-hewn beams were salvaged from a Pennsylvania dairy barn.
Above: Bluestone countertops and lacquered cabinetry contrast with a vintage concrete sink. The floor is polished concrete.
Above: The kitchen has a wood-fired pizza oven faced with oxidized Cor-Ten steel.
Above: A look at the kitchen’s oxidized steel framework.
Above: The open-plan living room/family room/dining room has its own steel-front fireplace and original wide-plank floors. The wainscoting and ceiling coffers were built from pine trees felled and milled on the property.
Above: In the master suiteâ€”one of five bedroomsâ€”the bed is floated in front of an antique mirror and alongside a wood-burning fireplace.
Above: A shingled eave (featuring the house’s original cedar roof shingles) adds an outdoor touch in the master bedroom.
Above: An 18th-century Italian marble sink seems to hover, thanks to angled supports concealed in the wall. The house has 2.5 baths.
Above: An austere bathroom combines old and new elements.
Above: Faucets from Hudson Reed contrast with a 19th-century wood and zinc bathtub, salvaged from a Lower East Side tenement and encased in stainless steel.
Above: An old cast-iron bed frame and a minimalist layout in a farmhouse bedroom. The windows have their original wavy glass.
Above: Another bedroom is well-suited for children or a pair of single travelers.
Above: A simple outdoor shower. (If you love outdoor showers, have a look at Bathing en Plein Air, our roundup of 29 inspired examples.)
Above L and R: New (steel-framed skyscraper windows) and old (traditional rockers on the cantilevered front porch). The house is available to rent from Homeaway; its sleeps nine and costs $600 a night. To see more of Givone’s work, including dramatic Before shots of the Floating Farm, go to Givone Home.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 12, 2012 as part of our Harvest issue.