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New House Design With Catskill Mountain Views

New House Design With Mountain Views

Catskill Mountain Views And Energy Efficient Design

Traditional home design in natural setting

Traditional home design in natural setting

Beautiful Catskill mountain views from an energy-efficient house design thoughtfully built on a smart site plan.

The design of this home for Jim Graf grew from the spectacular vistas. The dining/kitchen and the living room on the first floor, and two bedrooms and a playroom upstairs all take advantage of the north oriented views.

Mountain Views And Energy Efficient Design

Mountain Views And Energy Efficient Design

Less prominent rooms, bathrooms, utility rooms and circulation are located to the south in the plan. The rectangular plan is simple to build while the Craftsman style details make this an attractive home. Jim built this home for himself and the quality is second to none. Glass on the north side of a building receives almost no solar gain and therefore looses more heat annually than south-facing glass which has an annual heat gain.

Its size is so carefully chosen to balance between heat loss and appreciation of the views.

It is especially critical to appropriately (shell-tighten) homes exposed to the higher winds of mountain settings since infiltration of cold air increases as the average wind increases. The sloped ceilings and dormers of second floors can create serious infiltration problems and it takes expertise to contain energy losses, maintaining comfort and insure against condensation and moisture.

This addition was designed to take advantage of the property's spectacular view of the Esopus Creek in Saugerties New York

Addition takes advantage of Esopus Creek view.

An addiiton designed to take advantage of spectacular creek view

An addiiton designed to take advantage of spectacular creek view

Behind this home is a spectacular view up the Esopus Creek.

The original house, the brick structure to the left, was a rectangle not oriented to the water.  Elda and her husband Tom needed an open plan and wanted to take advantage of the great potentials of the site.  The design solution was to add on to the side of the house thus orienting the home to the view.  The garage is located in front of the addition and is used to enclose a picket-fenced front garden.

A series of changes – bluestone path, picket fence, garden, porch, then front door prepare you for the surprise view once you enter.  These “patterns” are documented in Christopher Alexander’s classic study,  “A Pattern Language.”

Studio Design That Inspires Creativity

Studio Design Is An Architect’s Creative Refuge

Studio Design As A Creative Refuge

A creative sanctuary for architect

A creative sanctuary for architect

An architect's light-filled studio design

An architect’s light-filled studio design

In 1984 I was firmly relocated to the Hudson Valley. In typical fashion I built my own studio, and used locally sawn wood, recycled windows, and a tiny wood stove in just enough space. One of the guiding principles was from Christopher Alexander’s “A Pattern Language” Sheltering Roof. The goal is to have the building embrace you as you enter.

My 100 foot commute to work was just enough to separate me from household life.

I have enjoyed many years in this studio and relocated it to our current property next to our barn-home in Saugerties. It’s current occupation is another from “A Pattern Language” – Teenager’s Cottage. A separate structure on a property offers many options: teenager’s cottage (get them out of the house, but still in view), office, guest room, yoga or napping space, or just a get-away. This solidly built structure has been very easy to maintain. In total I have had to paint the windows and door once in 24 years. That’s it. It’s all in the details.

Studio designs for different creative types which reflect your good taste.

Finding a quiet space for inspiration can be difficult. For many artists, home studios mean an unused guest room or garage. David has built several unique studios which are detached literally and figuratively from the distractions of every day life.