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A Couple Builds Their Dream Retreat in the Hudson Valley

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Long before a 3,500-square-foot home stood on this secluded 12-acre site, this land was just a favorite campsite for two New Yorkers.

Once their children grew up and moved away, this New York couple—who work in the art and fashion industries—decided to build a gathering place for friends and family that reflected the natural beauty of their beloved getaway in Ghent. They wanted a home with a simple material palette that opened to views of the distant Catskills. Co-principal Caleb Mulvena of Mapos met those needs while reducing the home's environmental impact: “Our primary goal was to maximize sustainable features by utilizing passive design principals, technology, and ultra-low-maintenance materials,” he says. The four-bedroom house features concrete flooring with radiant heating, LED lighting, and reclaimed wood. As part of the couple’s purchasing agreement, they still allow cattle from a neighboring farm to graze near their front door.

“For the structure, Mapos devised a hybrid system of concrete, steel, and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs),”...
“A majority of the house is lifted on concrete columns to maximize the views and also provide a covered ground plane...
The fireplace, which sits on buffed concrete flooring at the center of the ground floor, was custom-made by Mapos.
“The windows and patio doors, all made from super low-E insulated glass, open onto the amazing views and give easy...
The couple plan to retire in this home; its capacious interior is designed to host multiple generations of family.
“The clients desired a maintenance-free, year-round home using the ultimate in ‘green’ building methodologies,” Mulvena...
“The [owner] is a self-proclaimed minimalist who desired concrete throughout as a backdrop to her furniture, and...
However, relying solely on concrete was not the best use of the budget, so Mulvena “balanced the concrete floors and...
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