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Watermill House / Desai Chia Architecture

Watermill House / Desai Chia Architecture

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Water Mill, United States
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Watermill House / Desai Chia Architecture - Table, Wood, Windows, Beam, Chair
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Text description provided by the architects. We expanded a traditional shingled cottage home by marrying a new addition and a renovation project together.  The design reorients the house to the garden, an existing swimming pool, and the bucolic views of the neighboring farm in order to reinforce the relationships between outdoor activities and the surrounding landscape.

Watermill House / Desai Chia Architecture - Facade
© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol
Watermill House / Desai Chia Architecture - Table, Sofa, Beam
© Paul Warchol

The living area, dining area and kitchen were moved from the old cottage into the new addition to establish clear connections to the garden and pool.  The addition creates a new main entrance to the house, drawing guests directly into the most socially vibrant part of the home.

Watermill House / Desai Chia Architecture - Garden
© Paul Warchol

The first floor of the cottage was renovated and converted into a family room, home office and guest bedroom suite.  The upper floor was renovated to provide larger bedrooms, a shared bathroom, and a sitting area that overlooks the neighboring farm.

Courtesy of Desai Chia Architecture
Courtesy of Desai Chia Architecture

Our concept for the addition included a bold interpretation of vernacular forms and materials.  The new addition offers an expressive counterpoint to the old cottage; its form is defined by a powerful, undulating, vaulted ceiling of structural framing that celebrates the living areas.  The architectural language of the original cottage was refined and simplified with a new palette of details and lighting concepts to enhance the flow of light and space. 

Watermill House / Desai Chia Architecture - Facade
© Paul Warchol
© Paul Warchol
Watermill House / Desai Chia Architecture - Table, Windows, Beam, Countertop, Facade, Chair
© Paul Warchol

The clients are thrilled with the design and also the fact that the renovation/addition approach reduced their construction time frame, kept costs down, and met their sustainability goals of reducing demolition waste.

Watermill House / Desai Chia Architecture - Facade
© Paul Warchol

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Cite: "Watermill House / Desai Chia Architecture" 02 Oct 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/796401/watermill-house-desai-chia-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884
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