White Oak Hardwood Flooring Adds to the Splendor of this Historic Coastal Home

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An Old Stone House 

What was once referred to as “Graymanse, a gray mess”, this stone house stood ominously overlooking New York’s Lake Mahopac since 1885.   The historic Federal style home was in need of extensive renovation, including new flooring throughout the expansive home even though it had retained its period splendor with a combination of classic architecture and a wealth of refined details including a magnificent granite exterior, a front porch with six two-story columns, a circular driveway, a private dock and a mesmerizing view of the tranquil lake.  Despite its magnificent bones, the home fell victim to numerous attempted renovation projects over the years which sadly failed and were left unfinished. As of November 2013, the property was seized and bank-owned in “as is” condition.

The Prefinished Hardwood Flooring Redesign with Carlisle

Beginning in 2014 Carlisle worked closely with the designer, Oceanblue Designs, and the homeowner, on their plans to renovate the wood flooring of the three-story, 10,000 square foot home featuring seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and five fireplaces.

The designer, Amy Kang, originally started designing and renovating her own homes and investment properties, before expanding to working with clients on building luxury modern coastal lifestyle designs to their properties. Her signature style features a combination of coastal living, the use of modern architectural lines, and a commitment to remaining true to nature in the materials, finishes and accents in the spaces she works with. Her touch was exactly what the home needed.

Carlisle Optimistic Stone Flooring in Blue Bedroom Lake viewThe designer and homeowner were drawn to Carlisle’s Urban Collection for its soft gray and brown tones, the beautiful layering and ceruse of the stain pigments that are exclusive to Carlisle’s Naturals finish. The two final contenders for the project were Optimistic Stone and Swaying Hammock. Upon delivery of the custom samples the homeowners enthusiastically cheered, “We love the Optimistic Stone”!

The customer then decided to invest in a “large area mockup” to better understand how the range of color and character in the custom wood floor would play against other architectural elements in the home. This was hand-delivered during a personalized on-site design consultation from Carlisle’s Wide Plank Specialist.

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Optimistic Stone Floors in White Kitchen

Once the planks were assembled in different areas of the first floor and viewed them from different angles throughout the room, it was decided this was the perfect match to grace this renovated 100-year-old historic home. The prefinished white oak flooring was ordered shortly thereafter and installed during early summer 2016.

A White Oak Hardwood Flooring Masterpiece

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Optimistic Stone flooring in Living Room with Furniture
In the end, the cool undulating tones of this spectacular prefinished hardwood flooring were the anchor to pull Amy’s overall design together. When the layered naturals finish was paired with the unique coloring of the organic wood it blended together to create a dramatic backdrop for this living space. The brown hues in the wood harmonized the furniture and accent pieces, while the white tones from the ceruse grain accented the color of the trim and ceiling.

No ordinary floor would have suited this stunning space which is why Optimistic Stone from the Urban Collection was the extraordinary floor for this stately home known as “the Jewel of Lake Mahopac”.

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