Cork Haven

Cork Haven

Architect
Multitude Studio
Location
South Salem, NY, USA | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Private Houses
Nathan Dalesio
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Interior lightingFlos
RoofingBridger Steel
European Aluminum WindowsDAKO
White Oak FlooringPurnatur
Expanded Corkboard panelsThermacork
LED Downlights and track lightsWAC Lighting

Product Spec Sheet
Interior lighting
by Flos
Roofing
European Aluminum Windows
by DAKO
White Oak Flooring
Expanded Corkboard panels
LED Downlights and track lights

Cork Haven

Multitude Studio as Architects

Cork Haven is an extensive renovation and rebuild of an existing home, designed by architect Nate Dalesio for his young family. Nathan and his wife, Allison, purchased an existing single story residence built in 1937 which had sat empty for many years and had fallen into a state of disrepair. The framing at the roof and floors, and the CMU at the exterior walls was consumed by rot and mold and the entire house had to be leveled down to the top of foundation and built anew.

photo_credit Nathan Dalesio
Nathan Dalesio

The existing footprint was entirely retained while targeted expansions have been used to enlarge the living spaces and bedrooms. The final product is a modest 2500sf contemporary home featuring a minimal interior palette designed to accentuate the spacious volumes and take advantage of natural light and views to nature. The form and materials were chosen to complement the agricultural & equestrian barns that are still common throughout the area.

photo_credit Nathan Dalesio
Nathan Dalesio

Those forms and materials have been reinterpreted and abstracted minimal contemporary aesthetic that builds upon its context. Wood siding and tin roofs were translated into expanded cork board and black corrugated metal. Large floor mounted openings and skylights penetrate the envelope to bring ample light into the space while balancing the need for privacy and connection to the natural landscape.

photo_credit Meg Matyia
Meg Matyia

Vaulted ceilings throughout the home create surprisingly spacious volumes that belie the modest footprint, and white oak paneling and floors bring warmth to contrast the crisp and sculptural white walls. Space for their two young children to play and explore were important considerations in the project, as was creating multi-purpose spaces that could shift their use over time as the family's needs change.  

photo_credit Meg Matyia
Meg Matyia

A modest budget of $150/SF was stretched to invest in highly insulated walls, roofs, floors, and windows to minimize utility bills, and the exterior cladding doubles as a continuous layer of corkboard insulation. The house, completed in July of 2020, has been a calming oasis  after being quarantined with Allison's parents during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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