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Empty Nesters Renovate Their Country Home

Westchester MagazineEmpty Nesters Renovate Their Country Home

What was originally a contemporary house was rebuilt in 1999 and 2000 as a shingle-style house by architect Ralph Mackin. Almost 20 years later, the homeowners, who are now empty nesters, wanted a refresh. They re-enlisted Mackin as the architect on the project, and he brought in Kathleen Walsh to do the interiors. Working together, they created a new, more functional layout for the first floor that lends itself well to entertaining and a beautiful interior perfect for 2019 and beyond.

Dances with History

Architectural DigestDances with History

When the couple purchased a historic estate in the Hudson Valley, they did so with every intention of restoring, renovating and expanding the original 1908 house. But then came the opportunity to acquire the rest of the hill it was on, including a plateau at the crest that afforded panoramic meadow, mountain and river views.

Shingle Estate on the Hudson

Inspired Home & DesignShingle Estate on the Hudson

Mr. Mackin and Mr. Platt both approached the library in such an inventive manner. The ceiling is unexpected (and brilliant), and the furnishings are current and classic at the same time.

The Perfect Pairing

Westchester Home Magazine The Perfect Pairing

When a North Salem architect and a Manhattan interior designer collaborate on a Dutch Colonial in Rye, the modern and the classic blend into a seamless symphony of style. This new home, designed by Ralph R. Mackin Jr. of Mackin Architects in North Salem, was built for a family of five with three young children. It is 6,500 square feet, with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two half-baths.

A Country Cottage

The Language of Interior DesignA Country Cottage

“In this charming Queen Anne summer house, a kitchen and master bedroom suite were added on without disrupting the grace of the rest of the house, which wisely retains its late-nineteenth-century dimensions.”

Zen Bathroom Aesthetic

Westchester Home & GardenZen Bathroom Aesthetic

Winner of the Best Bath in the 2012 Westchester Home Design Awards.

Architect Blends Camp Styles with Modern Aesthetic

Adirondack LivingArchitect Blends Camp Styles with Modern Aesthetic

For architect Ralph R. Mackin, Jr., “cabin fever” hit early. But his wasn’t your classic case of frustration at being cooped up indoors. His was a case of feverish enthusiasm for rustic cabin-style buildings that he admired during boyhood hiking and camping trips while summering with his parents in the Adirondack Park.

Bringing Old and New Together

Bath & Kitchen ProBringing Old and New Together

“People want to feel like they are entering a resort where they would be pampered. There’s more room and it’s spacious.”

Bridging Traditional and Contemporary

Impressions Kitchen & Bath DesignBridging Traditional and Contemporary

Tradition is always evolving. By reaching into the past, we create the future. Today’s homeowners are highly educated and confident about mixing styles. Even committed traditionalists, however, are eager to make their homes more comfortable by incorporating sophisticated technology.

Georgian on His Mind

Bedford MagazineGeorgian on His Mind

Having completed several renovations during the 21 years they lived in their Village Colonial, the Walkers had been impressed by a recent addition to the Fellowship Hall at St. Matthews. Designed by Ralph R. Mackin Architects and built by DPD Builders, the final product spoke volumes about the team’s attention to detail.

South Salem Renovation

The HOME MonthlySouth Salem Renovation

Asked about his approach to design, Ralph said, “When it comes to renovations, we try to make it look as if we’d never been there. We can change the total look of a house or enhance what was there in a way that looks organic, which is what we did at the Rodgers’.

Guest House with a Mission

Westchester Home & GardenGuest House with a Mission

When clients Tom and Lisa Cohn called on architect Ralph Mackin to build a carriage house near the pool that sits on their four-acre Bedford property, they wanted their stand-alone addition to reflect their passion for Craftsman style, famous for its emphasis on simplicity, craftsmanship, sparse ornamentation, and the use of high-end materials.

Hudson Valley Pastoral

Made to OrderHudson Valley Pastoral

How does a designer create interiors for a historic house that are apparently of the period, yet still possess a contemporary flavor? That was the dilemma posed by this private estate, located on 125 magnificent Hudson Valley acres near West Point.

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