This classically-focused architecture firm designs beautiful, traditional residences. Drawing on an accomplished three-decade career, Douglas VanderHorn incorporates innovative building technologies, modern conveniences and singular features into each classic new home.
What was your inspiration for becoming a designer?
My father was a builder, so I grew up in the field. I learned various trades like roofing, siding and house framing. I worked in a cabinet shop as well. Architecture was a way to work with buildings at a higher level.
What three features or spaces should every home have?
A good home design should always include a large comfortable kitchen because it’s
the center of family life, a cozy space with a fireplace, and features that help combine the indoors with outdoor living, like porches and patios.
Where do you most like to invest when designing a home?
I spend a lot of time designing our front doors because you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Is going trendy OK or should a homeowner stick to the classics?
I strongly believe that the form of the home should be classic in one style or another. Decorative motifs come and go and even trim and millwork can be changed, but designing a home with a form that is so unique and personal that others can’t identify with it will lead to a future demolition.
What’s new and exciting at your firm today?
We are working on several amazing new waterfront homes in various classic styles. One is a Palladian villa on the Hudson River, while the others are shingle style. Another exciting development for me is that my son Colin has joined our firm, bringing with him his technological know-how, talent and enthusiasm.
Douglas VanderHorn Architects
31 East Elm Street, Greenwich, CT