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Scenic Sophistication

{From the 2024 Spring magazine}

Written By Megin Potter  |  Photos by Randall Perry Photography

A sumptuously modern style embraces minimalistic elements zeroing in on a serenity that’s as good as gold. 

Enamored with the property’s views, now showcased through massive floor-to-ceiling windows, this stylishly comfortable home affords its owners a special sense of seclusion while maintaining the luxury of having family just minutes away.

When Jimmy and Terri first looked at the hilltop property, in a desirable location, close to their three children and six grandchildren, it had already been sold. 

Fate, however, was on their side, and after the initial buyers pulled out, the property was put back on the market. 

In 2021, they began the two-year construction of their 7,800 sq. ft., 4-bedroom, 6-bath contemporary stye home. The home, built by Witt Construction to accentuate the surrounding landscape, sits on 3.5 acres, and was meticulously designed to showcase the nearly panoramic views that stretch past the stonework patio (featuring a pool and firepit) to the grand expanse of the Saratoga County countryside all the way to the horizon.

“We had a dream vision and John Witt put it onto paper,” said Terri. Built as a vacation home that would save them the 5-hour drive from the Jersey shore, the couple is close to their kids and grandkids in a landscape that reminds them of the bucolic bliss of Buck’s County, PA (where they lived before relocating to their full-time residence in Florida). 

Between Witt Construction and Studio K interior design, “What we got is really what we wanted,” said Jimmy.

Fashionable & Formal

The study gets an upgrade with a striking gold wallpaper ceiling. In a monochromatic color palette that defies expectations, a viridescent border sits on the ceiling, spreads across the wall, and languishes on the built-in shelving. 

Sunlight cuts dramatically across the room through the unadorned windows, introducing lavish light into the cozy, rich space. 

In what is sure to become a future classic, open barrel chairs streamline style with their rounded silhouette while adding an airy look to the room. 

High Contrast Cohesion 

In the kitchen, crisp, salty white countertops, backsplash, and ceiling contrast the sleek black cabinetry and hardwood flooring in sandy shades, bringing the breeziness of the beach upstate. 

Pushing the perception that dark colors are weighty, the seamless surfaces, tonal hardware, and hidden appliances create a clutter-free and easy-to-clean workspace. 

The neutral color scheme is broken by considerable metallic gold accent pendent lights (whose color connects them to other interior elements) that add a conspicuous, yet welcome, resting point for the eye. 

Buoyant Beauty

In the scintillating sunroom, a nearly unbroken view of the surrounding landscape through the screen windows, versatile seating arrangements, heated ceilings, and a monumental stone fireplace make this Jimmy and Terri’s favorite spot whenever the weather is nice. 

Additional amenities in the home, including a butler’s pantry that serves as a second kitchen, a golf simulator, and gym (on the lower lever), make entertaining a breeze in every season. 

Cultivating calm in the bedroom, a soaring vaulted ceiling, and marble surround for the fireplace, add a resplendent elegance that doesn’t feel too fussy. 

Sculptural Simplicity

Floor-to-ceiling panes of glass line the wall in the dining area below a thick coffered ceiling centered on cultivating an exceptional experience. 

Everyone gets a seat at the table (it accommodates as many as 14!!) below a dangling necklace of glass pendant lights. 

Off to the side, a sliding frosted glass door leads down to a sunken bar area where Jimmy and Terri like to entertain. 

Here, artwork featuring bold colors and interesting shapes creates playful focal points in the multiple seating areas. 

In a home like this one, with its architectural elegance and limited adornments, you feel like you’re immersed among the surrounding scenery while your attention stays centered around spending time together as a family.