When John Ciardullo purchased 100 acres of property in Waccabuc, New York, he decided to build a speculative house on a 2.5 acre wooded site located adjacent to the proposed entrance road to his future sub-development. The resulting 5,400 square foot residence, while generic enough to meet the unforseen needs of any potential buyer, took its cues from the natural surrounding of rolling hills marked by dramatic rock outcroppings and indigenous stone walls.
Ciardullo separated the stone clad garage from the main body of the cedar-sided house in order to provide a visual barrier to future residential development. A soaring two-story archway marks the entrance between the garage and house creating a portal from the public entry side to the private setting of the landscaped setting beyond.
The interior of the home is organized in an open modern plan with the first floor public spaces flowing from the two-story living room to the more intimate dining room. Large expanses of glass wall open the interior spaces to sweeping bluestone patios and manicured green lawns. The upper level contains four bedrooms with a master bedroom suite overlooking the living room with its rugged stone two-story fireplace. Each room has access to a private terrace with unique views of the wooded forest. The lower level, containing a large family room and au pair suite, is carved into the side of the hill providing on-grade access to its own bluestone patio. The blurring of the boundaries between inside and outside space provides a unique residential environment within a beautiful natural setting.