Levenstein Residence

A palatial stone and brick structure in White Plains, New York, the timber framed areas of this home include an exterior porch, the stair house, and a gathering room. This project uses a somewhat atypical mix of timber species: mahogany on the exterior porch; red oak in the stair tower; and recycled, re-sawn old growth longleaf yellow pine in the gathering area. The gathering area timber frame design incorporates brackets that appear to carry the strutted kingpost trusses, and two levels of horizontal girts ringing the space.

Timber ceiling joists carry the feeling into an adjacent informal entertainment area. The timbers in the gathering room are “curve-planed”, a technique of surface preparation that mimics the hand hewing in much older, utilitarian structures, and the finish is a rich reddish brown that almost appears hand-rubbed. This contrasts nicely with the bright white ceiling tongue and groove boards of white pine.

Designer: Michael Larocca, Ltd.

General Contractor: McKenna Custom Home, Inc.

Location: Southeast New York state

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