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The Secret Life of Bees

Ithaca, NY

Tucked away on a secluded piece of NY farm and woodlands, this home’s ethos is about effective use of space. Of the farmhouse/craftsman aesthetic, the full timber frame has an open living area and master suite on the main level with smaller privatized spaces. 

The second story has the view, with peeks to a nearby river; the waterway was the focus—with the house designed to provide opportunities to enjoy the sounds of the creek. A screened porch on the northeast side protrudes into the woods, and a garden with plans for bees brings the inhabitants through the transition from field to forest. 

Beyond beekeeping, homeowners Nancy and Larry are avid antique collectors who took special care in placing pieces of sentimental value throughout their forever pastoral home. Perhaps most importantly, they are only a quarter of a mile from their daughter and grandson's home near Ithaca, NY.

Of note: This home's efficiency is further enhanced with our high performance Matrix Wall system and SIP roof panels.