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Modernistic Marvel

Michael Hynansky transformed a stone contempo into a modern masterpiece that’s perfect for entertaining friends or just getting away from it all.



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The family room is defined by glass walls that were designed for skyscrapers. “I saw it in the back of a shop and had to buy it,” Hynansky says. “We wound up adding an extension to the house just so I’d have a place for it.”

That turned out to be a fortuitous choice. The wing, sheathed in glass, stone and mahogany, adds a sweeping horizontal vista to the exterior and also frames the pool outdoors. A bath, sectioned into shower and water closet areas by a tall mirror behind a central sink, is readily accessible to swimmers.

The billiards room, outfitted with a small, built-in bar, is open to a casual sitting room, which is separated by a hip fireplace and dramatic chimney that descends from the ceiling to hover above the hearth. The walls are covered in grasscloth, which adds a subtle natural texture.

“It was very important to me that the house feel warm and inviting,” Hynansky says. “Every finish was chosen keeping that in mind.”

The circa 1902 Arts & Crafts-style pool table stands on legs of carved oak. That warmth is physical, as well as visual. All the floors in the house are heated.

Oak floors and 8-foot-high flat-panel doors are stained the rich brown of coffee. Sofas and chairs are upholstered in pale tones of cream and sugar. “We wanted to keep the palette neutral and relaxed so it would complement the views rather than compete with them,” he says.

The master suite is reminiscent of a fine hotel, with plush carpeting and sumptuous linens. Luxurious floor-to-ceiling drapes frame a view of the woods outdoors. Furnishings are sleek and zen-like: a bed with a tall, upholstered headboard; a leather bench at the foot of the bed; a pair of clean-lined night stands with drawers and cubbies for books; and a tailored chair, ottoman and reading lamp, Hynansky’s favorite place to read.

There’s no fuss, no muss, no clutter in this serene sanctuary.

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