During the week, the family, which includes three teenage-children and a mop-headed Bernedoodle, occupy a three-bedroom, pre-war apartment building on the Upper West Side. But come Friday, they trade the pungent smell of the city for crisp mountain air; towering skyscrapers for monolithic hickory and maple trees; and the cacophonous sound of humanity for the skitter of squirrels and chatter of birds.
As they make their way an hour north up the Hudson River Valley to their weekend home, the city’s assaults on the senses and the demands of everyday life loosen their grip with every passing mile marker. When the family pulls into the private drive of their lodge-style timber home situated on nine wooded acres, the frenetic pace is merely a distant memory.
Here, nothing but serenity and leisure await. Just open the front door and you’ll see. The home’s architect Steve Marchetti explains: “The minute you enter the house, you look through to the great room and the pool beyond, and right away, you get it. This house is all about hanging out together, whether it’s by the fireplace in the winter or around the pool in the summer.”
New York-based New Energy Works was enlisted to construct and raise that timber frame. “We really focused in on the details, everything from timber sizes to joinery to finish to embellishments,” says general manager Eric Fraser. The final product is a Douglas fir frame that encompasses the home’s central gathering spot — the great room. The right and left wings of the house that include the kitchen, mudroom, garage, master suite and gym are framed out with traditional stick construction, an effort spearheaded by the general contractor, La Torre Builders.
In keeping with the comfortable mountain house feel the homeowners desired, the interiors are filled with natural materials. White oak floors stained a silvery gray extend throughout the great room where fieldstone columns anchor the walls and a coordinating stone fireplace punches 30-feet up into the airy expanse. The walnut-colored timbers pop against the white painted ceiling, supporting the lodge theme, both literally and figuratively. “Everything is scaled big and rustic,” says Steve.
Home DetailsSquare Footage: 5,910
Baths: 3 full, 2 half
Architect: Steve Marchetti
Timber Provider: New Energy Works