About Haver & Skolnick Architects

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Haver & Skolnick Architects creates quality homes of timeless design, providing personal service & impeccable attention to detail. A rich tradition of New England Vernacular architecture inspires designs which reflect history while responding to a 21st century lifestyle. Founded in 1996, by Charles M. Haver, AIA and Stewart R. Skolnick, AIA, the firm’s current projects include new homes, extensive renovations and architecturally sensitive additions. Charles and Stewart guide their clients through each step of the process, from evaluating potential building sites to selecting the perfect tableware, once the home is completed. Their goal is to make each project a pleasurable experience and to insure that the final result reflects their client’s vision. They create comfortable, classic, country homes and elegant New York City apartments which incorporate sustainable building practices and the latest technologies. Stewart received his architectural education from the University of Arizona and Cornell University, Charles from the University of Virginia. Prior to establishing their firm in Litchfield County, Charles & Stewart each held positions as Design Directors of major New York City architectural firms. Charles is the Vice Chairman of the Roxbury, CT Historic District Commission and Stewart has served on the Roxbury Planning Commission. The firm’s work has been published in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Garden Design, New York Cottages & Gardens, Litchfield Magazine, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Connecticut Magazine, Connecticut Home & Garden, East Coast Home + Design, Hudson Magazine, Passport Magazine, The Litchfield County Times, Greenwich Time and was featured in Leah Rosch’s book American Farm Houses. Charles & Stewart look forward to your call or email to set up a complimentary design consultation to review your project needs.

Ten Questions

What’s your go-to classic color choice?
We believe that color selection should be inspired by the style of the house, whether it's a crisp white for a Greek Revival or a deep bronze for an antique barn. Often we select colors to complement architectural materials, such as choosing a soft grey/green to echo the color of a stone foundation. Of course, the preferences of our clients will factor into color choice. A few years ago, in choosing the color for a large barn house our client commented, "it can be any color, as long as it's red". That narrowed down our choices, but shifted the challenge to finding "just the right red"!
Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
We love the Hotel Can Luc, in Ibiza, Spain. At first glance, it's a very primitive series of antique farm structures set in an ancient grove of olive trees. At closer inspection, this little hotel has provided every possible amenity, while retaining its rustic charm. We try to apply this approach to many of our comfortable country houses, which appear to have evolved over time, yet offer all the amenities and conveniences of the 21st century.
Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
The iphone has been such an amazing tool to record & share inspiration. Recently, while driving back to Connecticut from a New York City appointment, we spotted a spectacular example of an English Country Cottage in Riverdale. We pulled off the parkway, photographed the house & shared it with clients in Chicago who love English Design. At an antiques show in New Hampshire, we found the perfect folk art pieces for a client in Connecticut. We were able to send the client photos of the pieces and purchase them on the spot. How did we survive before smart phones?
Where do you go to spot new style?
We find inspiration wherever we go, often in unlikely places. On a ski trip to Telluride, we discovered an artisan who creates beautiful fire pits, creating sculptures of logs & pine cones in steel. We worked with the artisan to create the perfect fire pit for the terrace of a client's Connecticut hilltop retreat.
Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
For the very best in farm-fresh organic vegan cuisine, we frequent Candle Cafe West, on New York's upper west side. Locally, we love Oliva, a cozy Mediterranean bistro in charming Bethelehem, Connecticut.
What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
In Paris, we're drawn to the Musee d'Orsay, on the left bank. The repurposing of this grand Beaux Arts train station as a museum was a brilliant concept.
How do you usually start your weekend?
In the Summer, we start the weekend with a run on the beach or a long walk with our German Shorthaired Pointer, Keeper. In the Spring & Fall we may find ourselves getting up early to be the first in line at a local estate sale. In the Winter, we often enjoy a brisk aerobic workout, shoveling our abundant New England snow!
Who or what is your biggest design influence?
We're constantly inspired by the early primitive vernacular architecture of New England. We find the vocabulary of utilitarian shed & gable forms to be almost modern in its simplicity and honesty.
How do you keep it all together?
A daily swim before work clears the cobwebs and helps us to keep an even keel. In the evening, yoga or a workout at the gym relieves any stress from the day.
Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
We find that the best gardens, whether formal or romantic, start with a clear concept & plan. Once nature is allowed to take over & soften the edges, the garden then becomes truly beautiful.
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