51 Peachcroft Dr
Bernardsville, New Jersey, United States

Description

Avid art collector, David Teiger’s instructions to California based Roto Architects were to create a home that was warm and fun and country. And, HIS was to be a country house with a DIFFERENCE. Upon completion, the collaborative effort of owner and architect came to be featured in prominent architectural publications including Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, GA Houses, and American House Now. Even the French took note giving it a multi -page spread in Elle Décor. The site he chose, Bernardsville Mountain, has been noted for its natural beauty since the late 1800s. It was the "Gilded Age" and the barons of finance and industry chose the pastoral locale for their opulent estates. Teiger’s modernist home, completed in 1996, came to be built on 6.4 acres, high on a knoll, affording views which extend for thirty miles. Clad in stone, stucco and IPE, the L-shaped house’s wings are axes that reflect the lines of the landscape. Indoors, the L shapes its heart. The living room, kitchen and dining room are free-flowing, their boundaries demarcated not by walls but floating ceilings. The outdoors is repeated at the fireplace whose fieldstone was mined from the site. Introduced here and recurring throughout the home are Douglas fir post and beams, beechwood built-in furnishings, Indiana Yukon Silver limestone floors and counter surfaces. Strips of daylight descend from glazed roofs. And windows of every shape and size offer the first of countless opportunities to experience the full impact of the home’s vistas. Further along, the various levels of the home’s wings host a media room, striking art gallery, outsized gym and three en suite bedrooms including a magnificent master enjoying its own wing. Well integrated adjuncts to the residence are a three-level guest cottage, Olympic sized lap pool, spa and IPE deck. Among the mechanicals providing all season comfort are multi-zone hot air and air radiant heating and cooling, steam humidification, 800-amp electric, Light Touch automated lighting and a Kohler 100kW generator. At approximately 6400 sq. ft., the house is expansive, generous and at moments majestic. It is as much sumptuous villa as modernist house. It is also an object of stunning refinement. From the overall layout to the tiniest cabinet details, the design is a testament to the owner’s exacting standards of excellence—to the beauty of well-wrought materials and to the joy that can come from utter precision.

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