Fine Residential Architects

Thoresen & Linard
Residential Architect New York City
Renovation Architect - New Construction - Green Architecture

Residential architects design structures where people live, from single family homes to multi-family complexes. A residential renovation architect will also redesign an existing home to fit new and changing needs. As one of Manhattan's premier residential architects, Thoresen & Linard has designed these exceptional properties and more:


Beechwood
Briarcliff Manor, New York (Westchester County)
Required: Residential Architect

Site = 34 acres
New Construction = 81,000 S.F.
Old House = 14,000 S.F.


An historic mansion dating from 1790 on a park-like estate overlooking the Hudson River was renovated as three luxurious residences. 34 new townhouses were carefully sited on the property. Great attention was paid to preserving and enhancing the magnificent plantings of the existing landscape. Many of the original garden structures were restored or reconstructed. The estate is within an historic district.

Awards: Beechwood received an award for Excellence in Design from the A.I.A (Mid-Hudson Chapter) and a Certificate of Merit from the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation













Coney Island Townhouses
Brooklyn, New York

Required: Residential Architect

Client: Mermaid Neptune Development Corp.
Size: 577,120 S.F.

400 single-family, 3 and 4 bedroom townhouses were constructed under the HUD 235 Program on three sites in a decaying area of Coney island. Program and budget restraints allowed a small margin for architectural expression, the design emphasis being on the street side. Materials and colors were selected for their residential associations and scale. Peaked and stepped facades recall the residential idiom of the area, resulting in lively and ebullient skylines.

 

Awards: Coney Island Townhouses received a Certificate of Merit from the New York Municipal Arts Society and were chosen as part of the A.I.A. 's  Exhibit on Affordable Housing in New York, which traveled to Russia as part of an exhibition sponsored by the U.S.I.D.
  

 

Orenstein Residence
Bridgehampton, New York (Long Island)
Required: Residential Architect

Site = 3/4 acre
Living Area = 2,500 S.F.

The house is built on a 3/4 acre, secluded lot in a desirable sub-division in Bridgehampton, NY. The main rooms are oriented south with sliding glass doors opening onto a deck with views to the woods. Central to the circulation is a double height hall into which all rooms open, making the house ideal for entertaining.

The living area is 2,500 square feet with a garage and full basement in addition. It has three bedrooms on the upper floor plus a large study on the ground floor; three full bathrooms; a spacious kitchen opening to a dining room with a deck; a large living room with cathedral ceiling. Swimming pool, pool house and deck are integrated into the landscape design preserving as much of the natural planting as possible. The exterior siding is cedar shingles stained gray designed to compliment the traditional houses of the area.


 


 

Perez-Sarrado Houses
East Hampton, New York (Long Island)
Required: Residential Architect

Client: Hernando Perez
Size: 1,600 S.F.
Two friends, with similar programmatic requirements, commissioned vacation houses to be designed in tandem on adjacent lots. Only the Perez House was completed. The site is essentially flat and thickly wooded with oak, sassafras, laurel, and bayberry. An unused trail cuts through the woods parallel to the long northern boundary of the property. The trail was used as the baseline for siting the houses. Swimming pools at either of this long green room form the visual link between the two houses.

Just off the road is a parking area common to both houses whence foot paths, winding through indigenous planing gradually reveal the houses. The volume of the building is broken down to the scale of simple cottages surrounding private gardens in contrast with the natural setting of the woods. The interior spaces are light and airy, enlarged by adjacent decks and the attenuated plan.
 

 


 

Whitefield
Southampton, New York (Long Island)
Required: Residential Architect

Site: 16 acres
New Construction: 52,800 S.F.
Old House: 16,000 S.F.

An estate, originally designed by McKim, Mead and White, was restored and adapted to modern use as condominiums. The mansion was converted into five residences, and twenty-four new townhouses were located around a formal garden. The principal rooms of the old house were retained. The new buildings, while contemporary in expression, were designed to be compatible with the old house in character, materials and scale. The estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Awards: Whitefield received a Special Citation from New York State for Historic Preservation and from Beaux Arts '86 for Excellence in Design.
 

 


 

Burden Residence
Sutton Place, New York (Manhattan)
Required: Residential Architect

Client: Mrs. Elizabeth Burden
Size: 1,800 S.F.

Renovation of a pre-war apartment on Sutton Place for an older woman who travels frequently. The existing spaces were reorganized to meet the needs of the new owner. New mechanical systems and equipment were installed to contemporary standards. The circulation is central to the design parti, both in its function and architectural qualities. The sequence and treatment of these spaces visually extended the physical dimensions of the apartment. The design solution achieves a sense of place expressive of comfort and grace.
 

 


 

Mehta Residence
New York, New York (Manhattan)
Required: Residential Architect

Client: Mr. & Mrs. Zarin Mehta
Size: 2,500 S.F.


Renovation of a pre-war apartment on the Upper Westside of Manhattan for two musicians. The existing rooms were reorganized to accommodate the clients' need for ample space for entertaining, performing music and listening to recordings. The decoration had to complement the antique furniture the client already owned.








The kitchen dining area and bathrooms were completely renovated, and much new cabinetry installed.
 

 


 

Chao Residence
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Required: Residential Architect

Client: Mr. & Mrs. Minh Chao
Size: 4,000 S.F.

The clients owned a split level house on a residential street, which they wanted to enlarge to the maximum allowed under the zoning in order to accommodate their growing family. The footprint of the structure was retained with a full basement and garage; an open, loft-like living space and 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on the second floor. Height and setback requirements dictated the exterior massing. The interior is very spacious and open united by a central stair under a large skylight that brings light down to the basement.
 

 


 

Dye Residence
Southampton, New York (Long Island)
Required: Residential Architect

Client: Mr. & Mrs. William Dye
Size: 3,000 SF

The clients owned a 1960's ranch style cottage on a small lot in the estate section of Southampton. They wanted a new, two story house on the site, but were limited by the requirement of the town to retain the original footprint. They wanted a house in which they could entertain formally and also have a relaxed family life with two young boys.

The new house has a spacious, double height hall, living room, kitchen and guest bedroom on the first floor and three bedrooms upstairs, as well as a full attic and basement. In the rear is a swimming pool and pool house. The shingle house is designed to fit into the context of the neighborhood without overwhelming the 1/3 acre lot.
 





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