ADIRONDACK GETAWAY - CUSTOM HOME, NORTH CREEK, NY

This was the home the Architect designed for his family weekend and summer getaway. The area offered wilderness hiking and camping, fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, downhill skiing and a myriad of additional activities during all four seasons of the year. The design was based on a modified cape with the interior finished with cathedral ceilings, exposed beams and wood covered walls with all the wood coming from local lumber mills. The first floor living and dining areas, were open to above with cathedral ceilings along with a kitchen with sleeping loft above. Two bedrooms. a full bath and linen storage filled the rest of the floor space along with a switchback stair that led to the second floor. The home was heated with a Vermont Castings wood stove in the central area between the living room, dining room and kitchen, giving everyone a warm and cozy feeling. There was also supplemental electric heat used to maintain temperature when the home was not in use. There is a sleeping loft that overlooks the living and dining areas and a large second floor bedroom that sleeps four. The basement is designed with a full bathroom with whirlpool tub, double sinks and a sauna. The remainder of the basement is allocated to mechanical space and a workshop with walk-out. In keeping with Adirondack Camp Design, the exterior is all cedar, with vertical siding, wide fascia, rake boards, and all under a metal roof. The home is well insulated to ward off the cold winter temperatures. The roof is a special design specifically for the north country winters with air circulation space above the insulation, and various moisture barriers, so the metal roof stays cold and the interior spaces stay warm.

The screened sleeping porch is accessible from outside and directly from inside the house.

The wood interior finishes give off a warm glow from the sun-drenched switch back stair window that allows sunlight to penetrate to the middle of the house providing passive solar heat.