The site for this weekend retreat house is a decommissioned bluestone quarry near Woodstock, New York. The quarry, with views reminiscent of 19th Century Hudson River School of Art painting, provided a dramatic and unique design opportunity.
The exterior style reflects the vernacular barn shape and scale of the mid-Hudson region. Hybrid construction of exposed post and beam allows an open floor plan. The dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass front façade provides jaw dropping views of the Catskill Mountains from every room in the house. These high tech glass walls with sliding panels provide passive solar heating, a seamless connection to the landscape, natural light, and fresh mountain breezes in summer. The well-insulated walls and ceiling along with an energy efficient ground source heat pump system with radiant floor heat provides comfort in the winter. A woodstove helps take the chill off on spring and fall mornings. A ground mounted PV solar system will someday make this residence net zero energy.
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