When Greg and Dee approached us to craft their family's timber frame retreat we knew it was going to be fun. Their philosophy fit with ours: they wanted to strike a balanced design, a home in harmony with the site that was as environmentally conscious as possible. Eliminating VOCs, incorporating reclaimed and organic materials, and a solar array were "must have" elements. Planning on large family gatherings and lots of cooks in the kitchen, there is ample party space with unobstructed southern views of the Catamount and Butternut Mountains. Screened and covered porches blur the line between interior and exterior spaces.
The Olsen home celebrates a variety of reclaimed and storied wood: the timber frame is crafted from reclaimed Douglas fir; flooring is reclaimed Walnut on the upper level and reclaimed Teak on the lower level; wall paneling is reclaimed barn siding; reclaimed beech was used to create custom bed frames, night stands, and built-ins. Much of the cabinetry and built-ins, including the Ash kitchen cabinetry, was made by our fine woodworking division, NEWwoodworks. The kitchen island includes a "waterfall" of walnut as a prep/presentation area while the adjacent dining table seats up to twelve.
Timber Home Living Magazine has followed this project from design to completion:
- From Dream to Design
- Laying the Groundwork
- Built to Last
- Worth the Wait
- Lessons Learned
- Elements of Surprise
- The Big Finish
- The Great Escape
"The house is just so livable. It is such a wonderfully unique and special property and New Energy Works helped us design and build what we feel is the perfect house. It has a fantastic balance between indoor and outdoor space. The craftsmanship is truly exquisite." - Greg & Dee
Location: Austerlitz, NY
Architect: New Energy Works Timberframers
Builder: Scott Cohen