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When a New York City couple with young children turned to architects Hendricks Churchill to update their weekend retreat, the firm gutted two thirds of the interiors to create a new layout that respects tradition, but also features the open spaces and flow that families prize today.

The renovation involved tearing out the main stairway, reorienting the foyer, installing extensive custom millwork and a dozen new windows, lowering the floors of the kitchen and pantry, and creating a spacious addition to the kitchen. Working with interior designer Kathryn Fagin of KJ Designs, the firm has crafted a home that is understated and clean-lined but still warm and welcoming.




“The hardest part about a project like this is figuring out how to bring the home up to modern standards without losing the authenticity and originality of the home,” Torre says. Together with architect Rafe Churchill and interior designer Kathryn Fagin, that mission was accomplished in this stunning Bedford residence, now a sunny and serene retreat.



In Bedford, New York, architect Rafe Churchill transforms a small farmhouse, owned by the same family for 30 years, into a modern weekend house with a subtle dash of Scandinaivan style. Over the years, parts of the house had been renovated to accommodate short-term needs, while others had been ignored, so the “interiors showed an evolved history,” Churchill says.

He modernized the home by raising ceiling heights and creating an open floor plan, and worked closely with interior designer Kathryn Fagin of KJ Designs in Boston to furnish the home. What began as a traditional farmhouse vibe shifted over time toward “a mix of farmhouse with a midcentury, almost Scandinavian minimalist feel,” said Fagin.