As the calendar charges full steam ahead into a new decade, the design world is abuzz with questions on where design is headed in 2020. Trends on the horizon include improved smart house technology and biophilic design (houses that connect their homeowners more closely with nature). Other words that crop up this year are comfort, simplicity, and welcoming. We want a relaxed, happy place to live with our family—whether it is a nuclear family or multiple generations living under one roof.
I would like to add one word to this list: timeless. Through the years, one thing that does not change when it comes to designing houses is that great design and craftsmanship create timeless dwellings—and this is a trend that is on the rise. When a house is built for its environment, is well crafted, and sits in its landscape comfortably, you have a house that will last centuries.
This issue of New Old House showcases some of the best timeless designs around the country, with each architect and designer taking cues from the vernacular styles of the region and crafting a house that speaks to its surroundings. The architects featured in this issue truly create a sense of place for the homeowner, offering a design vocabulary that transcends time.
Ike Kligerman Barkley restores and renovates a 1906 Adirondack home in the Catskill Mountains. This house has flourishes throughout from founder of the English Arts and Crafts Movement William Morris—including a replica of Morris’s famed Red House staircase. Filled with an eclectic mix of antiques, the home features a design that is as current today as it was over a century ago.
Architect Donald Lococo takes a more minimalist approach to a new gabled wing on a classic Tudor in Arlington, Virginia. Studying the original house, he distills the essence of the design to create a perfect bridge between old and new.
Designed by Ferguson & Shamamian, an Anglo-Caribbean-inspired house in Jupiter, Florida, fits in well with its environment. Based on early Florida settlements of St. Augustine, the structure’s white stucco walls, blue shutters, and natural limestone capitals and lintels offer a dimension of authenticity. The house is the epitome of rest and relaxation, with 270-degree coastal views from the second-floor porch. And as the architect reflects on the design, he comments that it feels like the first house ever built on the island.
~Nancy Berry, Editor of New Old House