Wednesday, April 27, 2016

NHND in the Mountains update

Front now has it's two porches, exterior trim and casing is beginning to be installed

I went to the Catskills to check on the progress of the New House Next Door to the Mountains that is currently under construction and here is an update. (There are previous blog posts on this project that you can look at, too)

View from front porch/ front door looking south
The exterior isn't much changed since winter, but inside all rough HVAC, plumbing and electrical work is complete and spray foam insulation has been installed. Next step will be installing the wall board. Here are some photos. You can really appreciate the spectacular mountain vista from the front windows, which you could not in the previously posted over-cast winter photos.

View looking out South Windows in sitting area off Kitchen
 With the walls appearing to have more of a solid surface because of the trimmed spray-foam cavity insulation, you can see the shape of the interesting interior spaces created by the dormers, knee walls, and angled roof lines. You can also see the number of windows and the light and views they let inside.

Vaulted ceiling in Nantucket Dormer

My favorite space is the fun, open loft space over the living room and at the top of the stairs. With its wide, high, full-of-windows Nantucket dormer, it feels really unique and I like the way it allows the upstairs and downstairs rooms to connect with only a guard rail as separation. That seems to create a family connected-ness that I think makes sense for a house designed for extended family weekend gatherings.

Vaulted Ceiling in Nantucket Dormer- Partial view
Loft that Overlooks Double-Height Living Room (no guard rail yet- Akk!)
Second Floor Bedroom w/ Angled Ceilings and Dormers
Standing in Living Room looking toward front (south) showing loft above


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