Daniel Contelmo Architects, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Whole House $300,000 – $700,000 | Gold

Project name: Dobbs Ferry Interior

Location: Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Square footage before: 3,271

Square footage after: 3,271

Cost: $280,000*

A recently purchased open-plan split level house was in good condition but lacked detail to fit with the owners’ lifestyle and design preferences. Most spaces can be viewed from adjacent areas, which required extreme attention to transition detail to account for level changes and angled walls. A minimal material palette, including natural wood, simple paneling and black iron hardware, help ease transitions and create continuity. In addition, the entry closet made the two-story space feel tight upon entering the front door. That was removed and re-built as a walk-in just inside the garage door a few steps down.

*Cost explanation from the architect, and why this project was placed in the Whole House $300,000 – $700,000 category: “This was a unique project since the owner was the general contractor. For this reason, and because of the type of contracts he had, he was able to keep his costs to a minimum. The spaces we presented total about 1,200 sq. ft., which equates to about $233 per sq. ft.”