Inside, ambient task and accent lighting is used to enhance each of the spaces and accentuate the modern art collection throughout the home. Mini trimless square downlights create ample general lighting, while accent and strip lights help add light to work surfaces and provide additional task lighting. Finally, dramatic decorative fixtures throughout are used to […]
From his experience with restaurant design, where wine walls are commonly used as a focal point, Rich opted for a glass front wine wall located right off of the entry stair on the main floor of Osprey Point. This location perfectly combined design and function, creating a feature element at the top of the stair […]
With all that in mind, Rich knew a must-have in the kitchen would be a massive island that would provide plenty of counter space, room for at least four seats at the island and could double as a large buffet when entertaining or throwing one of his wine dinners. In order to achieve the waterfall […]
To modernize it, he designed a steel staircase that wraps around a glass elevator and has a 35 foot glass curtain wall along the side. The monolithic rift cut oak treads are open, making the staircase feel as if floating in mid-air. The elevator serves as the guardrail on one side of the staircase the […]
The building is clad in Oko Skin, which is a composite cementitious material that will be low-maintenance, last many years and did not require deforestation. The home is heated and cooled using an air-source heat pump system. This is a super-efficient “next gen” system that provides comfortable indoor air temperatures utilizing a minimal amount of […]
There are several reasons it is important to involve the landscape architecture team early in the design process of a custom home. The team helps site the house to capitalize on features of the surrounding landscape. For example, important views can be highlighted while unwanted views may be obstructed and sunny vs. shady areas can […]
At Osprey Point, it was important to Rich to develop a floor plan that would complement his and his wife Jill’s informal lifestyle, which ranges from entertaining groups of all sizes, hanging out with their kids when they are visiting or just spending an evening alone relaxing at home. Having lived in an open plan […]
The earliest schematic designs were based on a modular 6 ft. wide glass panel with a pair of 12 ft. sliding glass doors as the dominant facade treatment on the west side of the home. This developed into a system of over-sized windows and glass doors on all four sides of the house. The great […]
Rich turns his big design ideas into diagrammatic floor plans that meet the functional requirements of the home and address program needs, client wishes (the client being his wife Jill) and site specific challenges.
While on family vacation, the modernist structures in Iceland inspire Rich’s design of the new Granoff home on the Connecticut waterfront.