Balzer and Tuck worked side-by-side with the owners of the State Street Residence to bring their vision of a custom, contemporary home in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY to life.
The site of the new home presented a number of challenges – namely, it’s location within a dense residential neighborhood and bedrock located only four feet below grade – but the clients’ wish to create a home that respected the traditional, historic fabric of the existing neighborhood, while still incorporating their desire for a more contemporary aesthetic, allowed for a truly unique and beautiful design solution.
The form of the home’s exterior was developed to be a more modern take on a traditional gable roof structure, and features board-formed concrete walls, slate blue fiber cement siding, painted steel, and stained Douglas Fir soffits and rafter tails. The screened porch allows for a feeling of connection to the street, and acts as another way to bridge the gap between new construction and the existing neighboring homes.
Inside the home, the First Floor features polished concrete floors, a board-formed concrete fireplace, and 12-foot high ceilings. A wood and steel stair that seems to float in the space provides the circulation between this open First Floor living/entertaining space and the more private spaces on the Second Floor. Two additional, unique stairs on the Second Floor lead to finished attic spaces under the main gable, complete with exposed rafters and skylights.