Building a Beautiful New Modernist Home in Mount Tremper, Ulster County

Catskill Modern: A Woodstock architect creates a stylish, contemporary country home that suits the region



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master bedroomMaster plan: One of the owners’ favorite aspects of the house is waking up to the stunning view from the master bedroom. A doorway leads to a balcony atop the carport

Inside, the kitchen, dining, and living areas flow into one another in one expansive space. The slope of the ceiling helps differentiate each area. A media room, a bathroom, storage, and utility areas occupy the rear of the ground floor. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, two more baths, and plenty of storage.

At the end of the living room, what looks like a door to the outside leads to a screened dining porch. It, and the patio in front of it, make the most of the view, but the porch is tucked away so discreetly that “in winter it’s gone,” Price says. “Screened porches are dead spaces, and can be an obstacle to the outside. Here, they can rediscover it every year. I usually like to put them closer to the kitchen, but it’s just a short walk with a tray.”

I’m interested in how you take the elements of modern architecture and translate that into something that works in this region

master bathroomThe master bath (left) overlooks the wooded property in the rear. At right, a patio (just visible through the glass corner wall) and a screened dining porch are discreetly tucked beyond the end of the living room so that they are not obtrusive, “dead” spaces in winter

living room

Bamberger chose furniture from companies like Room & Board and Desiron, with beds and basics from Pottery Barn and West Elm. “I wanted comfy modern that’s affordable,” he says. “Not too modern, so semi-mid-century modern-esque, with clean lines that would work in the country.” The whole house is painted white with contrasting dark wood floors and cabinetry. “It’s simple without being stark,” he notes.

Apart from fanciful Jonathan Adler pottery on counters and end tables, there’s very little art — and nothing hanging on the walls. “We wanted the outside to be the art,” Bamberger says. “One of my favorite parts of the house is the view from the master bedroom — it looks like a big-screen TV of the mountain.”

The trick was to make the house feel like it had a lot of glass on the north side without actually having a lot of glass on the north side

home exteriorRamping up: Price designed the award-winning, 2,800-square-foot home so that its sloped rooflines — necessary to shed water — reflect the switchback driveway that approaches it

Price is proud of his first Catskills modern house, which in 2008 won the High Honor award for best new residence from the Westchester/Mid-Hudson chapter of the AIA. “The best houses are collaborations,” he says. “Jack was really engaged in the details. We spent a lot of time on the phone, looking at Web sites. I didn’t want them to feel that they designed it — I’m arrogant enough to want that myself — but it needed to reflect them.”

Bamberger is delighted with the result. And Jacobs, who first had misgivings, now considers the house “a wonderful escape,” he says. “I love waking up in nature and seeing the stars at night. We bring up friends, cook big dinners, have too many martinis, then wake up and see a big mountain. It’s fantastic all year long.”

 

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