Westchester Whimsy Text by Gabrielle Contelmo Photography by Roger Theise
Nestled among natural rock outcroppings, a new pool cabana provides an entertaining space for a Westchester family yearround. Hidden by overgrown landscaping, the original pool house was not easily accessible from the main house and the surrounding landscape did not flow well with the contours of the land. In addition, the 1970s structure was in need of repairs and updates; in conjunction with Daniel Contelmo Architects, the owners decided it would be more cost-effective to demolish the original and reconstruct a cabana in the style of their recently renovated home.
The original structure was a colonial and two renovations by Daniel Contelmo Architects in five years had transformed it into a whimsical, shingled home. â€œThe goal of the design was to create a structure that was completely integrated with both the main home and the landscape and would offer easy outdoor entertaining during all seasons,â€? Contelmo stated. Daniel Contelmo Architects settled on a cabana-style structure, which was open on all four sides to be more conducive to the indoor/outdoor entertaining that typically occurred around the pool.