the structure; more importantly, it is flanked by a full bath and a changing room so guests don’t have to make the trek to the main house to use those facilities. The outdoor kitchen is a cook’s dream—the stainless steel Viking cabinets and appliances include a fifty-three inch grill, and a refrigerator, icemaker, and sink that make food prep easy and keep the hosts connected to their guests. Bountiful storage space hides behind the cabinets, which are surrounded by stone, and an industrial-sized hood vents smoke and odors through the roof, not into the vaulted ceiling. Opposite the kitchen area, a fireplace with a raised hearth and a twenty-two foot tall chimney anchors the cabana and offers the ideal place to relax, converse, and roast marshmallows. The fireplace allows the entertaining season to begin earlier and extends it into cooler days, even into the winter months. The chimney was constructed of the same fieldstone that makes up the retaining walls and supports the kitchen counter. Daniel Contelmo Architects decided to wrap the finished surfaces of the cabana with Versatex, a weatherproof PVC material, to ensure that it would stand up to the elements, which was particularly important with the open-air design. Due to the high-quality installation completed by the housewrights of Home Enrichment Company, the building looks as perfect today as when it was completed three years ago. Contelmo states, “once again, we had tremendous clients who had great visions of their own and allowed us to create this outdoor oasis for their family and friends to enjoy.”
From classic estates to country side cottages, Daniel Contelmo Architects has been providing insightful solutions and timeless designs for nearly twenty-five years. They are one of the New York Hudson Valley’s premier architectural firms, having won numerous awards for their designs. Contelmo has contributed to online publications, traditional magazines, books, HGTV, and was recently published in Beautiful Homes, Better Homes and Gardens, and Westchester Home.