Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Beautiful Long Island Home Make Over by Darren Helgesen

Hi Beach Dwellers
I have been spending way too much time on Long Island lately.  But the good news is, I found this wonderful architect who has a whole lot of classic American style. His name is Darren Helgesen and he has told me he would be happy to work on the right project here in Australia, should the opportunity arise. Yay!!!

This beautiful home renovation is in Sag Harbor NY, a beautiful historic whaling port, which I am now determined to visit IRL. 

This is the home prior to the renovation. The original is lovely, but Darren has helped her to shine.

The removal of the pontoon style front deck has created a more defined entrance to the property. Changing out the different window styles, streamlines the look of the home, improving it's appeal from miss matched cottage to stylish grand home.

The internal renovation is absolutely gorgeous.  The stone fire place is a beautiful feature of the room, so has been retained.  Here it is before the renovation.

And with the opening up of the room on either side, after.  The light in these rooms now is fantastic.  I absolutely adore the joinery in the dining room too. 

Here is the staircase prior to the refit and removal of part of the wall next to the fire place.

Here is the new balustrade, with the addition of under stair storage and new dark wood flooring.  The removal of the board allowing the stair treads to be seen, gives the appearance of a more classic and stylish staircase.

The door through to the kitchen dining area enhances the light, proportions of the room and functional flow of the home.

The original kitchen

and the new one, complete with marble bench tops, classic tap ware and of course with those beautiful bay views.

Floor to ceiling doors opening to outdoor living, is such a fabulous way to live.  This kind of thing is an absolute must in Australia too.

The high ceilings are fabulous and I love how the windows frame the bed head.

And with beautiful views outside, this is one stunning home.

So what do you think? Lots of gorgeous inspiration here.

Architect Darren Helgesen
Contract Builder Vic Israelian
Photographer Davis A. Gaffga
Photographs used with permission

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  1. That house is amazing, I love it... even before the makeover... just need to win lotto :)

  2. Love it- such great style!!! If you are moving in I am coming too!

  3. I love the house! Even the furniture, lol!!

  4. lovely! i would feel right at home there. love the stone fireplace and the marble bench top.

  5. So lovely & such beautiful clean lines. Love the whites & neutrals used... stunning!

  6. What a stunning home! It will do nicely thank you :) Jo xx

  7. What a gorgeous renovation! So glad to have found your blog!

  8. That sure is a transformation - what a beautiful, inviting, comfortable and stylish home, perfect for summer holidays. Love it. Thanks for introducing us to Darren!

  9. This house is what my dreams are made of - stunning - thanks so much for sharing!

  10. I love the beautiful pendant lamps in the kitchen.
    Did't see this on my blog roll but there it was in
    my e-mail box. Haven't been there for awhile.

  11. Beautiful!!!
    Cheers, Gee

  12. Great inspiration! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

  13. Amazing! What a transformation! It looks beautiful, a dream house!

  14. This is beautiful. Sag Harbor is one of my favorite places.

  15. What a beautiful home! Never been to Sag Harbor. Would love to go. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Meet Me Monday. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST Monday. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. Stunning! Looks very welcoming.

  17. That's heavenly gorgeous. Hard job but it's worth every penny.
    Greetings from chilly and rainy Stockholm,

  18. Simply Beautiful! I love all the mill work throughout the house.

  19. Beautiful, beautiful inside, but I prefer the original deck.

  20. What a beautiful home redo, Carolyn--what a change it made to remove the walls around the fireplace. The views are amazing as well. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!


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