Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc.
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Trimmed to Perfection

A whole home renovation including elaborate trim and molding, a spectacular outdoor living space reminiscent of a tree house getaway, a large addition and much more.
The treehouse effect is perhaps the most noticeable at the deck adjunct which houses the hot tub and gas-powered fire pit. The deck railing has been reduced to its most simple rectangular elements, so as not to detract from the view. We used a top rail to create a continuous line and blend the slatted rails with the glass portion. We also made the top rail extra wide, creating a dual purpose: ‘drink rail.’ To blend the existing exterior with the addition, we used weathered brick and Artisan Hardi Plank siding-- a thicker siding that blends well with the existing material.
The original scope of design focused mainly on the kitchen, family room and exterior living area- with no plans for a whole home remodel or addition- it evolved over the course of the design process, and the final Scope included a large kitchen/master suite addition and elaborate outdoor deck/living space, reconfiguration of the first floor, modernize the second floor and basement… a whole home renovation. We were careful to integrate their architectural requests in a uninterrupted design that incorporates both form and function.
Early on, we developed a ‘theme’ with which we would apply to the design: tree house. We wanted the ‘up in the trees’ view that the client’s appreciated so much to be integral to the new home’s charm, and special measures were taken in several areas to maintain this basis. Also, given the wishlist and the topography/lot, it was also decided that an addition would be the best way to address all of their needs- we were careful to integrate the new space with the existing space.
The addition allowed us to build a vast kitchen, doubling its size, that addressed all our clients’ needs, starting with a large island. In addition to providing extra storage and work space, the island contains a second sink in close proximity to the stove and a small wine refrigerator. For safety, we used a microwave drawer (as pulling hot items out from higher locations can present a hazard, especially for kids).
To “corral all the clutter,” we designed a built-in secretary desk on the left side of the kitchen. The “command central” unit appears as if it is a piece of furniture but in fact is built-in… and extends up to the ceiling… adding height to the room. We chose to build-in the desk area in order to match the cabinetry exactly—an extension of the cabinetry—creating continuity throughout the kitchen. The middle panel opens to expose a message center with cubbies and paper dividers allowing the user to close the pull-out desk surface.
A breakfast bay is recessed into the anterior wall with built in banquette seating. The table for the banquette was custom made.
Placing a strong visual element for impact is a classic designer's trick-- It uses the principle of emphasis to give focus to a setting that may otherwise feel ordinary. Using color for emphasis, the bright red knobs of the stove create a whimsical interplay with the traditional setting. The clients knew they wanted them from the start and they provided the perfect accent for the space.
The windows are oversized and have custom casings to amplify the ‘heavy trim’ look.
The topography of the lot, with its steep slope and unique grading meant that the second floor of the home looks back out to the 25 (plus) foot treetops. We decided to take advantage of the view and create a treehouse effect in the master bedroom addition- particularly in the master bedroom and the hot tub. The master bedroom is meant to feel like you are up in the trees—oversized windows blur the line between inside and out, and the dramatic vaulted ceiling adds to the feeling of being ‘up-in-the-air.’
Knowing that a sizable deck would comprise part of the addition, we wanted to first maximize the existing features: thus, we salvaged the skeleton of the existing covered porch, including the roof and flooring. In order to convert the space into a 3-season room, we replaced the outdated louvered glass-blind units with interchangeable panels: glass and screened. The new panels easily allow for the transition of screen to glass when desired, and provide a covered section of the new outdoor living area. To realize the client’s vision of a true outdoor living space (with all its creature comforts) we planned a robust and dynamic deck area. We designed the new deck addition to wrap around the rear and right side of the house, and gave it a unique shape that would ultimately complete the definitive ‘treehouse effect.’
Shade: For shade, an arbor extends off the 3-season room. The arbor serves as the central gathering area as it includes comfortable seating and inviting ambient lighting (3 exterior column sconces flank the pillars); shade and ceiling fans (with lights) for hot days; and is adjacent to the fire pit for cooler days. Perhaps the most innovative of the outdoor features is the full A/V system including speakers and a weather-proof flat screen TV mounted on the exterior wall.

Country: United States
Zip Code: 20816
Others who worked on this project: Morgan Howarth Photography
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