impressions kitchen & bath design - Spring 2008

Bridging Traditional and Contemporary

“Some of the most exciting rooms in homes today are expressions of transitional designs, born of the tension between old and new, ornate and clean-cut. But transitional style is more than merely exciting. It can also be very practical because it fearlessly borrows from both traditional and contemporary options.

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.

Transitioning from traditional to contemporary

Transitional design takes the stuffiness out of traditional style and the coldness out of hard-edged contemporary style and creates an energetic and vibrant feeling, says architect Darren P. Mercer, RA. Combining contemporary and traditional designs can bring out the best qualities of each, but, he adds, it requires thoughtful planning, attention to detail and an eye for balance.

Although he had been deeply involved in designing and building custom homes in traditional-styles, Mercer was eager to use his talent and experience to create a different sort of home — one that combined traditional and contemporary styles, as well as innovative technology, in a sophisticated, yet understated way.

A recent project—a 6,000 square foot, shingle-style spec home in the Deep Woods Development in Bedford, New York — provided Mercer with an opportunity to work closely with the developer to design and build a transitional-style residence that employed new and innovative products and materials.”

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“Transitional design takes the stuffiness out of traditional style and the coldness out of hard-edged contemporary style and creates an energetic and vibrant feeling”
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