This project is the realization of the much-discussed addition of a carriage house, swimming pool, and greenhouse for a repeat client. The existing farmhouse was completed by our team several years ago, so we were well-prepared to continue with further site development.
First on our list of priorities was developing a site plan that oriented the new structures within the original context of the farmhouse, painting studio, and surrounding land. The carriage house design follows the existing house in general design and detailing, while distinguishing itself as a unique stand-alone structure. The square forty-by-forty footprint makes for a bold gesture and differentiates the building as an accessory structure. The understated structure has an extensive program, including storage for three cars, a guest suite, gym, recreation room, and a well-equipped office for a post-Covid work-life in the country.
The sixty-foot-long swimming pool is well suited for casual lap swimming, while providing adequate privacy as it sits within a pair of retaining walls. The overall composition of the main house, carriage house, pool, painting studio, and green house creates a nicely intimate compound of buildings, each designed for its specific use.
Imagined in coastal Maine, Saltwater Farm is a design for a new 3,000-square-foot traditional house and attached barn. Our research started by looking for the quintessential elements of a Maine country house before finally landing on the “big house, little house, back house, barn” precedent. While additions to the house create a sense of history and evolution, it is the choices of siding and roofing materials that really tell the story. Much like the iconic Olson House of Cushing, Maine, a careful composition of doors, windows, and rooflines present the building as truly authentic and unique.
After spreading our Architecture and Interior Design teams across three separate offices during the Covid-19 pandemic, we soon realized our need to unite the entire team under one roof. After eighteen months of searching for an appropriate building, we finally landed on 14 Main Street in Salisbury, CT.
Built in 1830, this historic Greek Revival had been significantly altered for several uses, including apartments, retail, and office space. The exterior was clad in a mix of vinyl and aluminum. Inexpensive replacement windows had been added over the past thirty years, leaving the building without any sense of history.
Heide and Rafe purchased the building in the fall of 2023 and kicked off the project with an extensive demolition. Every layer removed exposed another generation of renovations. Fully gutted and ready for a comprehensive overhaul, this stately village structure is poised for resurrection.
In true HC fashion, this project will embrace the building’s history while keeping an eye on the future. New mechanical systems, windows, doors, insulation, siding, trim, and a new traditional storefront will prepare this gem to satisfy a wide range of needs for our team. With an open floor plan studio on the second floor, a retail showroom on the main level, and an apartment for our student residents, the Hendricks Churchill team is better prepared for long distance recruitment, remote projects, and product development.
Rafe’s passion project and side hustle, Ellsworth Classics, has proven a need for its own space. With a rotating collection of vintage cars and trucks, he decided to keep it all close to home. The 1,500 square foot structure is an example of understated design and a modest budget.
Determined to revisit his life as a carpenter and builder, Rafe built this structure almost entirely on his own with occasional help from his teenage son and nephew. Nearly thirty years since his last full-scale, hands-on project, it proved to be strenuous, exhilarating, and thoroughly rewarding. It’s clear to the HC team that this project may have rekindled Rafe’s passion for building and they now fear what he has planned next.
Claverack House is an updated, imagined version of a house originally designed by Heide and Rafe when they first left Brooklyn, NY in 2003. This gem of a project captures a few of our favorite things, Shaker architecture, Dutch barns, and a modern intervention.
With its austere exterior and quirky proportions, the main house becomes equally dependent on the nearby barn. The previous version of this project included both the house and barn but was never as successful as it is now with the inclusion of a glass connector that bridges the Shaker influence with the rustic monolith.
In February 2020, just before the world shut down in response to COVID 19, we were asked to make a trip to Nantucket. We had done two other projects with this client, so the idea of working together again was an easy decision. Our client was looking for a vacation house and was interested in taking on a renovation project.
The first property they looked at was a classic Nantucket house—an in-town house that generally showed as expected. The house not only needed a ton of work, but there were also questions about property lines and zoning compliance.
We quickly pivoted towards a property with a bit more privacy, but still close to town. This house was at the end of a private drive, yet close to town. Without even going inside it was clear we had found what we were looking for. Within a week a deal had been reached and the project was underway.
The historic property included an 1800s, timber frame building originally built as a candle factory. The second building was a shed historically used for storage when a factory. With all of this history it was clear this was a special opportunity.
The design program called for a renovation of the main house, a newly constructed detached cottage, and a casual entertaining space to be built within the footprint of the old carriage shed. The main house would include three bedrooms, while the new cottage was primarily reserved for the owners. As the program developed, we found ourselves addressing three building programs on one master plan. What’s great about a project like this is that we were not only renovating two historic structures, but also building a new cottage. Each building has its own personality, with three distinct approaches in both design and construction.
Originally purchased by Heide and Rafe as a speculative real estate investment, this historic house in Litchfield, CT, has become a much-loved property for both our clients and the HC team.
The 4,500 square foot house was built in 1858 in the Greek Revival style and later modified to include a mansard roof and Italianate flourishes. The house underwent multiple expansions in the early 1900s to accommodate modern amenities, including but not limited to, the bathrooms and kitchen. The original interior architecture remains primarily untouched except for minor changes to room connections.
Our client came to us not only appreciating the potential of the house, but also wanting the full Hendricks Churchill package. We simultaneously sold the house and committed to a project of architecture and interior design. These opportunities of absolute collaboration yield our finest projects. It’s the respectful balance of architecture and interior design that will revive and make this property whole.