Stillwater Residential Home
Stone Ridge, NY
Sited on top of a bluff overlooking the Esopus Creek in New York’s Catskill Mountains, an existing house was built by the client’s grandfather in the 1930’s. While the wood structure was unsalvageable, existing stonework walls and chimney could be preserved. The new design is built on the ruin of this stonework. The main living space is extended towards the edge of the bluff to overlook the valley below. This ties the house to the existing stonewall that runs along this edge and anchors the house to the surrounding landscape. Existing bedroom and living areas were expanded and the surrounding landscape and daylight drawn into the interior with large windows, open corners, and clerestories. Adirondack, Mission, and Prarie styles are each turn-of-the-century American traditions and each influenced by Japanese architecture from which this design developed.