Additions, if done well, should look like they have always been there. They should enhance and reinforce the existing structure. From this philosophy springs the design of a kitchen ell and a bathhouse with garage, on beautiful Canandaigua Lake in upstate New York. The original home is a late 1800’s country Victorian, wonderfully preserved and cared for through the years. Its classic crossed gable form is embellished with porches and a dash of gingerbread.

The kitchen addition takes its cues from the original house but translates them into a smaller structure, derivative yet diminutive. Many of the “mother’s” features are there in the “child” - the gable form, the porches, the siding and trims all echo the original. Functionally, the large open space allowed the owners the freedom to lay out the “perfect” kitchen. Proximity is maintained to the dining room in the main house. The space the former kitchen occupied allows for a larger dining room and more gracious public areas for activities in the original house.

The freestanding bathhouse combined the disparate functions of informal entertaining, a three-car garage and an artist’s loft, all of which are housed under one roof. Three levels organize the  three functions: the bathhouse faces the lake, the garage faces the road, and the loft enjoys views in all four directions. The exterior shows three distinct levels denoting the three different functions. A base of stone is used for the bathhouse closest to the grade. A hearty mid-tier establishes the garage. The top is multi-gabled to create special interest to spur the artists lofty visions.

Theme, tradition and common materials tied this series of structures to the homestead. Careful, deliberate planning give old and new a timeless look of elegance.