To access this Cabin, you climb up then scramble down a rugged road flanked by a woody mountain in Putnam Valley. As an urbanite, the excitement of the forest and the crispness of the air brings a rebellious joy which is punctuated upon your arrival at the cabin, overlooking one of the gorgeous bodies of water God made on this Earth.
The structure was first built in the pre-depression 20’s, and is charming by default: Two stories bound within a 20×45 footprint. Upstairs is built in petroleum rubbed Chestnut logs harvested from the 40 acre parcel, with a massive rubble wall foundation on the lower level.
You enter on the upper floor, into a series of clumsily carved out rooms–a utilitarian and endearing kind of clumsiness whose spirit we’re seeking to maintain in the forthcoming intervention.
The scope for the project: To create a comfortable weekend escape for father and son. To create an interior environment that permits easy access to the inspiring geography. To preserve and accentuate the original structure, and to celebrate the site.