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South Salem, New York

Lake Front Cape Remodel

Two renovations; 1997 and 2007


Stunning Cape to Lake Cottage Restoration

The existing Cape style home, sat on a spectacular lake front site, yet was in disrepair and could not accommodate the growing family, it also did not take full advantage of the lake views. The clients wished to expand the Kitchen and Basement areas and add some exterior porch space.

This home remodel consisted of two phases. In Phase One the Kitchen was enlarged to allow for an Island, and large doors to a porch to enjoy the water view, and allow the sun and its lake refection off the water, to stream into the light filled space. A Dining area was also added with large windows towards the lake. For the Basement level a Lake front Recreation room and Mudroom were added with new stairs to the Kitchen.

The exterior of the home was restored in a lake cottage style, while also respecting the original Cape. This was achieved by working with materials to match the existing. Items such as fieldstone foundation walls, white clapboard siding and cottage style shutters with Iron hardware and a cedar roof.

Phase Two consisted of a Master Suite addition to the home with and private veranda overlooking the lake. In the Master Bath the original stone foundation was left exposed as a backdrop to the tub. River stones were used in the fully glassed in shower area floor to continue the stone theme. The vanity incorporates windows to view the lake.


Ralph just got it. He has this awesome sense of taste, space and really understands what our needs were, and that we also wanted to keep the integrity of the house. ... Ralph knew how to work with us and to give us everything we wanted, and more than we expected.
Cindy and Jonathan Rodgers

The HOME Monthly

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’.”

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