Beechknoll House Transformation: Reviving Elegance in Queens

Discover the revamped elegance of Beechknoll House in Forest Hills Gardens, Queens County, NY. Sonya Lee Architect harmoniously blends tradition and modernity in this private house renovation, creating a spacious and inviting environment for a busy family of four.

Traditional brick home with lush landscaping and a pathway.
Contemporary living room with a blue sofa and wooden coffee table.
Modern living room with white built-in shelves, a fireplace, and blue armchair
Bright kitchen with blue island and white cabinets
Modern dining room with a reflective spherical chandelier and wooden table.
Contemporary bedroom with large window and neutral tones.
Modern attic room with hanging chair, bookshelf, sofa, and ladder.
Minimalist interior with a child looking at a wooden loft accessed by a white ladder
Bright bedroom with a large bed and built-in bookshelf.
Contemporary bathroom with herringbone floor and stained-glass window.
Contemporary bathroom with blue herringbone floor tiles and wooden vanity.
Cozy patio with wicker furniture and lush plants outside a brick house.

About Beechknoll House

Reviving Elegance

Beechknoll House, a stately landmarked home in Forest Hills Gardens, New York City, underwent a remarkable transformation. Originally built in 1935, the residence had succumbed to disrepair and decay, prompting a comprehensive renovation by Sonya Lee Architect in 2022.

Modern Family Living

Striking a balance between tradition and modernity, the project retained the floor plan layout while strategically reorganizing spaces to cater to the needs of a busy family of four. The renovated kitchen now seamlessly flows into the dining room, fostering a spacious and informal atmosphere ideal for both family gatherings and entertaining guests.

Indoor-Outdoor Connection

Enhancing the indoor-outdoor connection, three large patio doors replaced small windows, offering stunning views of the lush rear yard. The landscaping was meticulously designed to promote outdoor dining and entertaining, complementing the enlarged, light-filled kitchen that serves as the heart of the home.

Innovative Design Solutions

Throughout the renovation, innovative design solutions were implemented to maximize functionality and comfort. From integrated built-ins for ample storage to a flexible work-from-home setup in the primary bedroom suite, every detail was thoughtfully considered to enhance the living experience for the occupants.

Energy-Efficient Upgrades

Behind the scenes, the house received a significant overhaul with new energy-efficient building systems. Upgrades included high-performance windows, zoned electrical heating, central cooling, structural reinforcement, and spray insulation, ensuring a sustainable and high-energy performance envelope for years to come.

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- by Matt Watts