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Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

United States Architecture News - Jul 21, 2023 - 16:42   2133 views

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Ithaca-based architecture practice Ballman Khapalova has converted a 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms and a new 300 square foot (28 square meters) addition, a new roof, new wood exterior siding, and a new deck.

Named Pine Lane House, the house, located in Saugerties, New York, United States, was developed as an upgrade of a former ranch to give a new, fresh look, while aiming to preserve the "unexpected sculptural quality" of the structure. 

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Exterior - View from West

Ballman Khapalova upgraded all mechanical systems and added new windows aligned with existing windows to maximize all possible openings. The goal of the studio was to complete the renovation in minimum budget.

"The addition to the main floor aligns the entry with the center of the house, while moving the interior social space closer to the existing trees to the west. The new deck hugs the trees and is nestled underneath their canopies," said the studio.

The team integrated a custom steel railing with a wood rail that continues the rhythm and material of the house façade. 

The studio marked the deck by adding a circular hot tub, while maintaining a deep view of the whole property. According to the studio, "this lends an unexpected sculptural quality to the otherwise simple building volume."

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Exterior - South Facade

Since the original interior was dark and introverted, the studio aimed to brighten the rooms as much as possible, while connecting the inside and outside. 

"Life in the new house is enhanced by the experience of the surrounding environment, with each room connecting to the site in a unique way," the office continued.

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Interior - Dining Area

With the addition of a main bedroom suite, the internal hallway was shortened. The main bedroom has a window that looks at the garden at the east of the house. 

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Interior - Kitchen with Custom Backsplash

The custom bed structures the space within the main suite, maintaining privacy and tidiness in the sleeping area, and openness and fluidity in the working and dressing areas.

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Interior - Kitchen with Custom Backsplash

The kitchen, dining, and living spaces were left as open spaces to create a large flexible social space that is visually connected to the main features of the property, such as the large tree to the west, and the tree line to the south. 

The pattern for a custom tile backsplash at the kitchen counter originated as an interpretation of floor plan studies carried out during the design process.

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Interior - Dining Area

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Interior - Kitchen with Custom Backsplash

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Custom Bed Frame

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Office Nook in Main Bedroom

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Interior - Custom Bed Frame

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Interior - Living Area and Entry

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Interior - Office Nook in Main Bedroom

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Interior - Entry with Terrazzo Floor

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Interior - Kitchen with Custom Backsplash

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Exterior - Deck

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Exterior - Deck

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

Exterior - South Facade Detail with Deck Railing

Ballman Khapalova converts 1980s ranch into a modern home with brightened rooms in Saugerties

First Floor Plan Drawing

Project facts

Project name: Pine Lane House

Location: Saugerties, New York, USA

Architects: Ballman Khapalova

Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti

Project date: 2023

Top image: Exterior - North Facade.

All images & drawings © Ballman Khapalova.

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