Featuring all-natural materials and one-of-a-kind design, one New York timber home rivals its spectacular surroundings.
Scott Hemenway photos courtesy of New Energy Works Timberframers
Drive two hours north on the Taconic State Parkway, away from the bright lights and fast pace of Manhattan, and you’ll soon find yourself pulling off into the charming hamlet of Hillsdale, New York. It’s here, surrounded by rolling hills and country roads paired with million-dollar views of the Massachusetts Berkshires, that city dwellers come to rest, relax and get away from it all. And Greg and Dee Olsen are no exception.
“We go up to the house pretty much every other weekend, whenever the kids have vacation — all the time,” says Greg, adding that they’ve also been hosting guests frequently, including his parents. “My dad’s an architect, so he really appreciates the house and how it lives on the land and captures the view.”
It was that view that first captured Greg’s attention as well, and served as the focal point for the home’s “one with nature” design. “The view and the pond are what we enjoy most. The setting is really something you would typically go on a hike or a gondola ride to set out and see, but we’re so spoiled because we wake up to it every morning,” he says. The finished house that was designed by the team at New Energy Works Timberframers has other stand-out qualities, including a mix of reclaimed materials, a walk-out lower level with a rec room and home gym, and a “healthy house” approach that helps with their daughter’s environmental allergies. The design, with its open kitchen/dining/living space and walk-out lower level, lives larger than its 3,200 square feet, Greg adds. “The great room that leads into the kitchen and the dining area — everyone’s always spending time there. The kids study at the dining room table. If we’re reading a book, we’re in the living room or on the porch. I definitely think we designed the right size house with the perfect layout.”
What Makes It The Best
The house features a walk-out lower level, a spacious deck and a screened-in porch — all perfect for admiring the beautiful views. The mix-and-match aesthetic of the finishing materials brings a rustic, all-natural feel to the home, both inside and out. Designed with efficiency in mind, the house is exceptionally tight and features a geothermal/solar system so their monthly energy is actually free.
Square Footage: 3,200 Designer; Timber provider: New Energy Works Timberframers
, 800-486-0661 Finishes: Pioneer Millworks
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