Best Small Home 2016: A Mighty Hudson View
Site constraints and a desire View to optimize the view drove the design of this subtle small home
It’s fun to see what happens when architects design their own homes. This case was particularly interesting because the property came with restrictions limiting the size of the septic system and, ultimately, the house. It also came with a wish list from the “client.” At the top of that list was to capture the stunning views of the Hudson River Valley that the property had to offer. In this way, the design unfolded to reveal a compact and unique two-story home. Inside, the first floor employs a purposeful use of scale that points you over and over again toward a wall of glass doors, tall windows, and a clerestory located inside a recessed dormer. Under a shed dormer on the opposite side of the gable roof is a balcony intended as yet another place from which to enjoy the view. Congratulations to architect Philip Ivory for framing a great view and for winning our best-small-home award. Check out the video for more information.