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Located on a forested mountain plateau, the existing meadow captured our imagination as a starting point. The angled wings of the main house and garage/entry create a sheltered courtyard facing the clearing. A traditional 2-story main gable structure contains the living spaces and 2nd floor bedrooms.
We began with a modest ranch house on a secluded mountain site. The interior was gutted to create an open loft area, with the dining area roof tilted upward to catch the light. A shoji partition built of cherry and antique glass encloses the stair, defining one side of the foyer.
Perched on the edge of a hill midway up into the surrounding tree canopy, the sound of the river below is a constant presence. A steep switchback driveway delivers the entry between the house and garage. A cedar bridge leads the foyer.
Not much to save beyond a portion of foundation, we opened up the lower level much like a mill barn set into the hillside. A simple gable form contains a level of materiality and detail, like opening up a Bento Box with lots to discover.
We started with a basic ranch that already had a garage added and the siding re-done. Phase-1 involved gutting the garage/breezeway, adding a studio out front, and a 2nd floor bedroom. Phase-2 involved gutting the original house, raising the ceiling, and replacing the windows, insulation, walls, and finishes.
Great Barrington, MA | Hudson, NY
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