After 25 years of proudly owning a charming saltbox home in the woods of Wainscott, a hamlet in the city of East Hampton, N.Y., Joe Tringali was prepared for a change — a dramatic one.
“He wanted to live in a glass box,” mentioned his architect, Reid Balthaser.
Mr. Tringali, now 66, purchased the three-bedroom, two-bathroom saltbox in 1992 for $620,000, and had been utilizing it totally on weekends and through the summer season. But six years in the past, when he retired from his work as a lawyer (he now teaches at New York University and the University of Miami), he started spending extra time there. And little issues he as soon as discovered vaguely irritating grew to become main annoyances.
After 25 years of proudly owning a conventional saltbox home in Wainscott, N.Y., Joe Tringali was prepared for a change. “He wanted to live in a glass box,” mentioned his architect, Reid Balthaser.Credit…Eric Striffler for The New York Times
His loft-style bed room, for example, was on the second ground and didn’t have a door, so he might hear every thing occurring downstairs. And the front room confronted south, however didn’t get a lot gentle, so he hardly ever used it.
His tastes, too, had modified over time. The décor used to have a “heavy Santa Fe influence layered with folk art,” mentioned Robert Kaner, his pal and inside designer. Now it seemed dated, Mr. Tringali determined, and wanted a clear, trendy aesthetic.
Mr. Balthaser supplied him three choices: Sell the home and construct a new one someplace else. Tear it down and construct a new one on the identical lot. Or do what Mr. Balthaser described as a “curated intervention” — a fancy means of suggesting a intestine renovation.
Mr. Tringali selected the third choice and started a two-year course of of reworking the saltbox into the modernist dwelling of his desires (and including one other bed room and toilet alongside the means).
Mr. Balthaser’s technique was to take care of the type of the authentic home whereas increasing it to create extra space and light-weight, utilizing particular supplies to delineate outdated from new.
The eating room has a Basaltina stone ground that extends to the patio exterior. Custom, vintage-inspired eating chairs ($2,200 every) are set round an Amfora eating desk by Arthur Casas, Mr. Tringali’s favourite piece of furnishings in the dwelling.Credit…Tria Giovan
“Anything that was new to the existing footprint” — together with the prolonged front room, the bigger visitor loos, the new visitor suite and the deck exterior the main bed room — “we clad in thin, slatted cedar,” he mentioned. “Everything that was existing, we refinished in stucco.”
In the entry, vertical cedar slats create a dramatic display that rises alongside the staircase in lieu of a strong wall — a component that Mr. Tringali calls “a work of art in itself.”
Bringing the cedar inside the home was “a bold thing to do for a colonial saltbox,” Mr. Balthaser mentioned, however “it breaks down the boundaries between inside and outside, and helps it feel contemporary and fresh.”
At the high of the stairs is Mr. Tringali’s new bed room suite, with a reimagined toilet and, sure, a correct door.
Vertical cedar slats have been used to delineate the entry and to create a screen-like impact alongside the staircase. The walnut occasional desk was a customized design.Credit…Tria Giovan
Early in the course of, Mr. Tringali launched Mr. Balthaser to Mr. Kaner, a former lawyer who had been a companion at Mr. Tringali’s regulation agency and who had designed his home in Miami a decade earlier. Together they fine-tuned some finishes, and Mr. Kaner then used the impartial palette of the architectural components to floor the inside design, creating every room round variations on a single shade: blues in the front room, reds in the den and greens in the main bed room.
Mr. Tringali, his inside designer famous, is a fan of colours which can be “beautiful and sophisticated, but edgy — they’re not in the Crayola box.”
Mr. Kaner was given “a lot of leeway” to decide on the furnishings, he mentioned, a job he undertook with the purpose of making a home that wasn’t “only for the summer — I envisioned it as being a great place to go any time of year.”
Those who noticed the dwelling earlier than the renovation, which value roughly $1.5 million, will acknowledge little of it now. The ground plan is analogous, however almost every thing else is new, together with most of the furnishings and equipment. Even the pool has been reconfigured.
One factor that did survive: the nonfunctioning windmill in the yard that got here with the home when Mr. Tringali purchased it.
A Maia assortment Relax armchair and ottoman by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal ($5,465) sit on a deck exterior the TV lounge.Credit…Tria Giovan
The topic of a lot debate throughout the renovation, it’s at present used for storage. But Mr. Balthaser hopes that Mr. Tringali will ultimately permit him to stage one other curated intervention.
“I want to blow that open and turn it into a cabana space,” he mentioned. “It would make the coolest bar.”
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