Joe Sultan and Sandy Chilewich's self-designed upstate retreat was built to acquiesce to its environment. At 800-square-feet, it is modest considering its 10 acre site, and features double-glazed low energy windows and reclaimed wood walls that contain first-rate insulation.
Jason and Suzanne Koxvold commissioned Studio Padron to design this cozy guesthouse on their Ellenville, New York, property. The structure's dark cedar cladding contrasts sharply with the glowing interior, which is warmed by a cast-iron stove and insulated by a layer of built-in bookshelves carved from felled oak lumber.
Drawing inspiration from Richard Serra, architect Kathleen Triem designed her Hudson Valley home to continuously unfold as visitors circumnavigate it. Also evoking the monolithic quality of Easter Island sculptures from certain angles, the structure has been coined the Copper House because of its blue stone-supplemented copper exterior.
Seeking to escape New York City, vintage furniture purveyor Greg Wooten bought a five-acre property and enlisted architect William Massie to to build him a new home. Massie designed a prefab with an open 2,300-square-foot layout that would effortlessly hold Wooten's eccentric modernist furniture collection.
Architect Drew Lang's home in the Hudson Woods development features a great room that contains generous amounts of white oak, which he says is his favorite material. Lang also designed the 25 other homes within the development, which he imagined as affordable vacation homes that don't skimp on quality architecture.
After Tom Givone bought a nearly collapsed 200-year-old farmhouse in Edred, New York, he painstakingly refashioned it into a rustic retreat that elegantly blends vernacular and modern styles.