The rear courtyard and pool area blends manicured landscaping with wild, native ground cover which reduces both the family’s maintenance and environmental impact. The fire pit area sits perfectly centered on the site and aims to connect the homeowner’s with their frequent guests and the sleek, modern pool and hot tub design gives them a perfect summer retreat with unrivaled views.
The accessory dwelling unit (ADU) will be used for both guests and renters seeking an escape from city life. It is well connected to the property's amenities, and restricts the views to only the gathering spaces so as to not compromise the privacy of the family’s main residence. A carport and separate entryway is placed in the rear of the property which instead looks out upon the lush, native forest.
The main house is divided into a single-story volume which houses entry, utility and a quiet reading room and a two-story volume which houses the kitchen, living, dining, and bedrooms. These spaces are placed on the property to best soak in the vast Hudson Valley views. Additionally, the ample outdoor space significantly increases the gathering space in the warmer months.
When overlaying the zoning and the allowable area of disturbance, the 11 acre site had a concentrated location where the home could be placed. It happened to work in our favor that this area allowed us to maximize the breathtaking mountain views while preserving the natural vegetation.