Collection by Kelly Dawson

A Couple Builds Their Dream Retreat in the Hudson Valley


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.

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