Escape From New York

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January 16, 2009
Originally published in Dream Homes Realized
It was no exodus, of course, but when Kathleen Triem quit her job at a Manhattan design firm in July 1996, her associates were thunderstruck. Triem had decided to practice architecture in the more leisurely atmosphere of upstate New York and, as her colleagues saw it, she was shooting herself in the foot. One man went so far as to say that she’d be back in TriBeCa before you could say “Poughkeepsie.”
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  Small-town Omi cuts quite a different skyline from the New York City that Triem and Franck left behind.
    Small-town Omi cuts quite a different skyline from the New York City that Triem and Franck left behind.
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  The long entry ramp leads into the large living, dining and kitchen space.
    The long entry ramp leads into the large living, dining and kitchen space.
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  Outdoor meals are a frequent occurrence in good weather.
    Outdoor meals are a frequent occurrence in good weather.
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  A sculpture at the nearby Ami Omi sculpture garden. The house was inspired by Richard Serra's sculpture 4-5-6-- a 90-ton behemouth at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
    A sculpture at the nearby Ami Omi sculpture garden. The house was inspired by Richard Serra's sculpture 4-5-6-- a 90-ton behemouth at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
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  O chairs by Karim Rashid surround the dining table.
    O chairs by Karim Rashid surround the dining table.
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  Sebastien and Adrienne find new uses for their parents' bed by West Elm.
    Sebastien and Adrienne find new uses for their parents' bed by West Elm.
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  This chaise, found at a flea market and reupholstered in pink velvet adds texture to the decor.
    This chaise, found at a flea market and reupholstered in pink velvet adds texture to the decor.
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  Linear spatial organization is great for encouraging air movement in homes with large windows at the front and back. Smaller windows along the length of the house also enhance the cooling effect of the wind.
    Linear spatial organization is great for encouraging air movement in homes with large windows at the front and back. Smaller windows along the length of the house also enhance the cooling effect of the wind.
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  The couple raves about their radiant heating system, which pumps hot water through tubes concealed in the floors of the house. It's ideal for rooms with high ceilings and stone floors. They walk around barefoot all winter long and still manage to stay warm.
    The couple raves about their radiant heating system, which pumps hot water through tubes concealed in the floors of the house. It's ideal for rooms with high ceilings and stone floors. They walk around barefoot all winter long and still manage to stay warm.
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