This picture-perfect farmhouse in the scenic Catskills hamlet of Claryville, was a tear-down, there was no doubt. But a New York architect saved this little piece of local history, and has embellished it with an uber-cool wood and glass addition (built using SIPS panels) to take full advantage of the changing light, the views of a dense stand of lilac and of a large old barn beyond, that has sadly fallen victim to a heavy snow. The juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary styles is exciting, and certainly unique for the region.
Inside the combination works to provide cozy elements in the original portion, with drama in the addition. Walk in off the porch to original wideboard, hardwood floors in the living room, past the staircase leading upstairs, then moving “toward the light” where the living room opens directly into a high-end, sparkling kitchen, followed by cathedral-ceilinged living space backed by an entire two-story wall of glass.
Upstairs there are two guest bedrooms at the front/original portion of the house, and a full bathroom, which features vintage fixtures and a restored claw foot tub. Proceed down the hall over original floorboards and past the original banister, into the master suite. It is flooded with light, some of which streams through an interior, pivoting window that looks through the top of the living room and through the glass wall to the scenic rear of the property.
The kitchen is simply smashing. Tempered glass countertops in a striking chartreuse provide character against all the clean white walls and cabinetry. Renewable and stylish cork tiles in a warm brown will cover the floors of the new portion of the house.
There is a full-width deck beyond the back door, open to a very appealing country setting of apple trees, meadow, and rolling hills beyond.