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Grafted House, Lloyd Neck, New York

View of East Side of Addition | Photo: Andy Ryan

Orientation Diagram

Ground Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Glass Entry ties addition to existing house at stair graft | Photo: Andy Ryan

View of Grafted Addition | Photo: Andy Ryan

View of Grafted Addition | Photo: Andy Ryan

Seating Area below Light Chimney | Photo: Andy Ryan

Seating Area below Light Chimney | Photo: Andy Ryan

Home Office | Photo: Andy Ryan

Home Office, looking to existing dining room and deck beyond | Photo: Andy Ryan

Light Well | Photo: Andy Ryan

Grafting Diagram + Phototropism

Sectional Perspective

Model

During Construction

During Construction

The original mid-1960’s house had been sited on the leveled top of a natural knoll. The organization of the existing house could be considered “upside down” in that the private bedroom areas are located on the ground floor and the public areas above. A half-flight of exterior stairs ascended to a split-level entry leading upward to the public spaces, or down to the private areas. The horticultural technique of grafting is characterized by the combination of a scion (leaves, stems and fruit) of one species with the more disease resistant rootstock of a different species to reap the benefits of both. Rather than adding on and further ‘thickening’ the existing house, the new addition is ‘grafted’ onto the existing entry where the levels of the house are already split. An extended stair serves as the stitches that bind the addition to the original house creating a new Master Bedroom suite and home offices for both work-at-home parents. Like a plant, the addition ‘grows’ towards light and views.

Completed 2008
AWARDS: American Institute of Architects, New York State: Award of Excellence
PROJECT TEAM: Timothy Bade, Jane Stageberg, Martin Cox, Andrew Skey, Prashant Prabhu, Scott Campbell