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Bedford Residence

Joel Sanders Architect

New York

Flouting the de rigueur style in a hamlet north of New York City, Joel Sanders Architect and Balmori Associates craft a mid-century-style home on a forested site.

By Asad Syrkett

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In sleepy Bedford Corners, New York, 40 miles north of New York City, houses can command eight-digit prices. And they look it: in certain Bedford enclaves, rambling Tudors sit on lawns manicured into a perfection that could only be surpassed by AstroTurf. The Bedford Residence, designed by New York City-based Joel Sanders Architect (JSA) in collaboration with landscape architect Diana Balmori, breaks from convention. The clients, a professional couple with adult children, sought a low-key refuge from city life.

Built atop the foundations of the 1950s-era home that occupied the site, the Bedford Residence takes after its predecessor in both form and material. “We really thought this would be a renovation,” says Sanders. But contractors soon realized the house's original cedar-clad structure had deteriorated beyond salvaging and razed it, erecting a new timber-frame one with walnut paneling and glass-and-steel curtain walls. JSA glazed sections of the front and rear facades to open the home to views of the surrounding woodland, and then worked with Balmori to create a landscape scheme that allowed views down to the new concrete pool house in a corner of the sloped site.

Inside, the living room, dining room, and kitchen unfurl in a series of unpartitioned spaces. Areas where the clients desired seclusion, such as the master-bedroom suite, are tucked away from the communal rooms, which are united by a wide stripe of poured-concrete flooring. Bluestone appears throughout the residence, in the living room as the fireplace wall, and outside in the front and rear as barriers and enclosures. A deck at the rear of the house leads down to the pool, enclosed on three sides by the ubiquitous bluestone. “Our idea was to connect inside and outside with a uniform material palette,” says Sanders.

Completion Date: Spring 2012

Gross Square Footage: 3000 SF

Location: Bedford Corners, NY

Joel Sanders Architect
106 E. 19th Street, 2nd Floor
t. 212.431.8751
f. 212.226.9486

July 2013
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