What happens when you ask an architecture firm with Modernist sensibilities to design a house and addition out of the frame of an 18th-century cottage in upstate New York?
Something a bit like this. There wasn't much of the original structure left except for some huge hand-hewn timbers that make up the basic frame of the house, some flooring, and a field stone basement. Messana O'Rorke Architects built a modern house within the existing frame and extended the house with an addition to provide additional accommodations. The result is a home that is a beautiful combination of a minimalist Dutch and 20th-century Modern architectural styles.