For a growing family and parents both accustomed to having their own studios, choosing this house and outbuildings located across the street from the Hudson River and in a historic hamlet was a no-brainer, yet it posed great challenges. Many of the later additions were poorly constructed, the heating system was old and the flow of the house was awkward. Moving the main entrance and gutting the middle of the house on two levels enabled the parents to have a master bathroom and still have enough space for a kids upstairs bath, a new mudroom, a pantry and new laundry room. Old window and door frames were discovered in a wall when a hung ceiling was removed in their dining room. These treasures became the template for the woodwork throughout the house. Rather than gut the entire house, we let the story of the house and its context within the hamlet unfold: it can be seen in different flooring in the different additions and ceiling and base moldings that were salvaged from nearby estates were left intact. Color, furnishings and lighting play an important role in bringing the different chapters of the house together.