Catskills Suburban
Palenville, NY


Size:
2,208 sf

Typology Series:
Single Bar

Modules:
6 boxes & Panelized Fireplace

Bedrooms:
3

Baths:
2

Completion Date:
2009

Located on the edge of a small town in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, this 2,200-square-foot house occupies a small clearing in the woods. The rectilinear volume sits perpendicular to the end of a long gravel driveway, which continues on as a walking path to a series of hiking trails on Kaaterskill High Peak. Upon arrival, a large Ledgestone wall, quarried locally and stacked by local artisan masons, demarcates the circular auto court which concealing the home's entry. The hand-stacked wall presents a seeming dichotomy with the factory-built house: although built on-site from local materials, its fine craftsmanship relates to the attention to detail that was clearly put into the modular construction behind it. the larger bars were fabricated in two boxes instead of one to better navigate the tight-street of the town, through which the house was delivered. The small forty-foot modules also assist in the heating and cooling of the house which uses a solar and geothermal energy cogeneration system.

The house sits along the edge of a hiking trail, running north to south along a plateau marked to the west by a thirty-foot rock formation. A two-by-two cedar slat wall provides privacy from the path leading to hiking trails. Designed for a family of four with two young boys who enjoy playing ion the lawn and hiking the nearby trails, the houses' main level is surrounded by an ipe deck, drawing the interior bamboo floors out onto the exterior lawn. A media room on the second floor serves as a workshop for the video game-designing father, and solid, bold colors throughout reflect the mother's Swedish background and her work in the fashion industry.