Project size: 4,120 sf

Program: The clients—a chef and an artist—wanted a private, 3-bedroom residence, an artist’s studio, and a separate apartment joined to the restaurant that they own and run, also designed by the architect. Of special consideration was to minimize exterior maintenance (both material and landscape), to create a series of terraces from which the landscape could be enjoyed, and to create an expanded kitchen area for classes and culinary demonstrations.

Location: Overlooking Seneca Lake in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region.

Solution: With its use of corrugated metal and minimal detail, the house expresses “agricultural modern.” Conceived as a rectangular “rock” from which has been excavated a series of courtyards, the house sits in a gently sloping field overlooking Seneca Lake. The singular volume encloses all three programs, with each courtyard an extension of their adjoining spaces and from which the surrounding vineyards and lake views are framed and collapsed into the spatial experience. The interior walls that define the precincts of the three distinct programs are conceived as canvases onto which the client’s artwork is displayed.

Structure and materials: The hybrid structure is composed of a perimeter of structural insulated panels (SIP’s), augmented by steel columns and girders and an engineered roof assembly. The entire structure is clad with corrugated aluminum panels.


Additional Information

Completion date: 2016




Simitch and Warke Architecture 286 Midline Road

Freeville NY 13068

607 216 5339


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Partner in charge Andrea Simitch AIA (registered)

Project Manager David Bosworth

Project Contributors: Ryan Ludwig, Erin Pelligrino, Helena Rong Andrea Salvatore


Structural Engineer:

David C. Hultenius P.E. SECB

17 Clinton Street

Delhi, NY 13753

607 746 8514


General contractor:

Bruno Schickel  Schickel Construction Company

John Darling, lead foreman

210 Schutt Road

Dryden, NY 13053





Amy Barkow

639 Decatur Street

Brooklyn, New York 11233

ph. 646-382-3164





Structural System

Hybrid structure (concrete foundation walls, SIP perimeter walls, stl columns, & girders, LVL roof framing)

Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project:

The Murus Company, Inc.

Structural Insulating Panels

PO Box 220

3234 Route 549

Mansfield, PA 16933

Exterior Cladding

Rainscreen: Corrugated Galvalume Panels



6168 State Route 233

Rome, NY 13440

P: 800 559 6224

Moisture barrier: VAPROSHIELD Breathable Membrane


Elastomeric: Synthetic rubber roofing membrane (EPDM)


Wood frame: LOEWEN Douglas Fir Ext: Aluminum Clad Int: Clear Wood Stained


Glass: Heat Smart Clear Annealed Glass


Entrances: Wood Entrance & Entry Door: John Darling – craftsman & lead foreman @ Schickel Construction

Metal doors: Overhead Door Corporation – aluminum overhead door (Studio door)

Wood doors: LOEWEN Douglas Fir Ext: Aluminum Clad Int: Clear Wood Stained


Locksets: LOEWEN Encore 3 Point Locking System

Interior Finishes

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:

Acquaviva (Master Bathroom vanity)

Ikea (Guest Bathroom vanity)

Ronbow (Apartment Bathroom vanity)

Ikea (Kitchen, Laundry Room & Apartment Kitchen cabinets)

Allen and Roth Arctic White Solid Surface (Apartment Kitchen countertop)

Karlby Walnut - Ikea  (Kitchen island countertop)

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore

Special surfacing: Special Artist Tiles by Jilaine Jones (Tiles) & Stephen Rodriguez(Pottery and Tiles)

Flooring: Ming Dynasty Solid Strand Woven Natural 3/8 inch x 5 1Ž2 inches (wood flooring throughout)


Cararra marble (Kitchen countertops)

York Bianco 12x12 (Kitchen fireplace hearth)

Metro Subway White  4x16 (Kitchen wall tile)

Galvanos Gray - Lowe’s (Entry Hallway floor tile)

Stax Bianco (Master Bathroom floor tile)

Field Evolution Ice - All Stone Ithaca (Master Bathroom tub surround & shower walls)

Light Gray Solid Stone Indonesian Pebbles - Lowe’s (Master Bathroom shower floor tile)

Jasba Provence Light Green 4x4  - American Olean (Guest Bathroom wall tile)

White Penny Tile 6x6 (Guest Bathroom floor tile)

Carrara Marble Hexagon  - Home Depot (Apartment Powder Room floor tile)

Skyros Gray - Lowe’s (Laundry Room floor tile)

Elegance Solar White Calcutta (Apartment Bathroom tile) 

Tile Metro Subway White Matte 2x8 (Apartment Kitchen tile)


Interior ambient lighting: George Nelson Bubble Lamp; Progress Lighting (Kitchen island light  - modified)

Track lighting: WAC (throughout); LBL (Living Room)

Exterior: Barnhouse Electric


American Standard (Master Bathroom & Guest Bathroom fixtures) Delta (Master Bathroom & Apartment Bathroom fittings) Ikea (Guest Bathroom sink)


RSF Pellet Burning Stove (Kitchen)

Other unique products: Entrance Canopy designed by Val Warke, fabricated by Sherwood Construction And Sheet Metal Fabrication