State Street Residence: A Custom, Contemporary Creation

Modern Home Design in Saratoga Springs, NY

Balzer and Tuck worked side-by-side with the owners of the State Street Residence to bring a custom modern home to a historic neighborhood.

Challenged by a dense residential neighborhood and bedrock only four feet below grade, Balzer and Tuck designed a vertical solution with a ground floor, second floor, and habitable attic space. The desired contemporary exterior is balanced with a gable roof and screened porch to bridge the new construction with traditional neighboring structures.

“For our new home, we wanted a design unique to us that a homebuilder couldn’t provide. Balzer and Tuck was able to take our ideas and translate them into something even better than we envisioned.”  – John and Jean, Owners

Through detailed exploration of interior and exterior materials, Balzer and Tuck worked with the homeowners to selected custom, beautiful features. On the outside, the home showcases board formed concrete walls with slate blue fiber cement siding, a standing seam metal roof, douglas fir soffit and rafter tails, and painted steel. Inside, the family showcases its style with polished concrete floors on the first floor, locally-sourced white oak flooring for the second and attic floors, and a board-formed concrete fireplace.

“They considered many livability factors that we would never have expected, translating them into a house that is both beautiful and welcoming. They adapted the ideas along the way to work with our budget. Our ideas are now a reality.” – John and Jean

Project Details

  • 5,800-square-feet
  • Two-car garage and covered carport
  • Outdoor shower and sauna
  • 32 kW photovoltaic solar panel roof mounted array with a Tesla Powerwall Home Battery
  • Geothermal heating and cooling system
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