A NY Times listing featuring a 70’s structure housing raccoons and supposedly a bear on an overgrown piece of land, caught our eye and we ventured Upstate to pay a visit. Even on this coldest day of the year, we were instantly grabbed by the magic of the land which has not lost its spell to date.Little by little we made our vision a reality. A new roof, a new well, different layout, relocating walls and stairs and windows and finally things took shape. Painting the house white on the inside and black on the outside, added a modern touch to the retro structure.
Two hours north of Manhattan, situated within the most beautiful rolling hills of the Mid Hudson Valley, 2.5 lush, green acres center around the Prow Front Post and Beam House.
Light floods through large south facing windows and skylights throughout the day onto a thoughtfully designed interior. Minimal design dictates the loft like openness of the living area with its cathedral ceiling emphasizing stunning views of the surrounding grounds and two ponds.
The rooms are furnished with both modern and vintage pieces keeping a lightness and ease around the house. Following this concept, the simple, open kitchen focuses on social interaction with a concrete counter top island facing the dining area.
Two large wooden decks let us enjoy the outdoors from an elevated standpoint, almost like a tree house.
In the wintertime, a sleek Scandinavian wood burning fireplace keeps the house warm as one can’t help but to feel as if placed in a reversed snow globe when it snows.
While one pond is kept a serene place in front of a backdrop of ferns and trees, the other is being transitioned into a natural spring fed swim pond. In the wintertime it freezes over to turn into a perfect ice skating rink.
The land was once owned by a sheep farmer who lost it in a card game, so there are several stone walls crossing, some crumbled and buried, waiting to be restored.
Looking back on the endeavor, it was ambitious but for every hurdle there where uplifting energies helping to carry them through with ease.
There is still work to be done. Presently we are building one of our ponds into a swim pond with deck and we are slowly rebuilding some of the stone walls. There is a sauna hut in the works and down the road an artist studio barn.
Living/Dining room. Flanked by a view into the tree crowns, rests the centerpiece, a cast-iron wood burning stove by the danish manufacturer Morso. The Hard Maple floors are finished with MonoCoat Smoke oil to enhance its pale hue. An old chemistry lab table has been repurposed as dining table.
From the outside in. The Adrian Pearsall Lane coffee table was the first piece of furniture bought for the house
These large south facing windows in prow format ensuring all day sun, were, what sold us to the house. We removed a balcony that reached deep into the living room to take full advantage of the cathedral ceiling and loft like openness.
Originally a building block in the middle of the house, the stairs have been moved back to run along the wall and became an airy design element made of custom welded iron rods, tension wire and repurposed Osha boards. The stairs to the lower level are a new addition, housing the third bedroom and the utility room. The original post and beam structure only had a crawl space.
By removing the stair structure and the balcony, we were able to set the kitchen back utilizing the tiny bathroom area. The original kitchen was closer to the island.
A former children's room became a luxurious bathroom with reclaimed slate roof tiles and a custom concrete shower.
Bedroom on the lower level with terrace access
upstairs bedroom with added skylights
While keeping the shape of the house, we added some Scandinavian inspired design elements by changing the symmetry of the windows and giving the house a dark color.
Walkway to the front entrance and to the deck
The view from the pond.
While many trees had to be removed from the completely overgrown property, this one seems to have a strong survival instinct and we decided to keep it around.
- Lopez Construction
- Andrew Tingle