The Floating Farmhouse, an 1820s farmhouse renovation in upstate New York, is a feat of engineering and the result of relentless resourcefulness from architectural designer
Tom Givone. In the kitchen, Givone demolished two lean-to shelters and built out the 450-square foot kitchen with a curtain wall of skyscraper glass. Inside, the kitchen is made up of new and salvage materials with punches of color. Here are Givone’s ideas on re-creating the look.
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The Country Rental: A Floating Farmhouse in Upstate New York. Above: The kitchen layout is based on the original footprint of the two demolished shelters. The glass steel window frame mirrors the lines of the original farmhouse windows. The beams, salvaged from a 200-year-old barn in Pennsylvania, were engineered to work with the steel window frame and skyscraper glass. Above: Givone says he “maximized the exterior effect by minimizing the interior finishes and making all the elements as honest and transparent as possible.” Above: “I must really love this house,” Givone says (proof: he spent a summer oxidizing the kitchen chimney’s Corten steel in a daily bath of muriatic acid). Materials Above: The kitchen is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Super White. Above: The kitchen island was salvaged from a Greenwich, Connecticut, house. Givone, who prefers paint colors close to white, painted the island in Benjamin Moore’s Hancock Green from the Historical collection. Above: The countertops are bluestone. CoorItalia has Belgian Blue Limestone and Artistic Tile stocks Belgian Bluestone. (For another kitchen featuring bluestone counters, see Steal This Look: A Black-on-Black Staff Kitchen in San Francisco. Above: The kitchen cabinets are Ringhult Cabinet Doors in gloss white from Ikea; $179 for the two-door cabinet set.