Single family dwelling located in the Lower Hudson Valley, New York State on the edge of a state park. The house was built in the 1950’s originally as a summer bungalow and has gradually been added to over the years. It follows no particular historical construction style. The house is located in stony mountains surrounded by deciduous forest with granite outcroppings. There are a few neighbors at the end of the dead-end roads that lead one to each side of the house.
The house is 35 feet by 44 feet at is widest points. There are two entrances, a lower parking area (north side of house) leading to the front entrance by way of a deck and an upper parking area (south side of house) leading to the kitchen. The house is clad in vertical, tongue and groove cedar siding with rust-hued asphalt roof shingles.
The overall goals are to increase the beauty of the outside of the house structure itself and the property as a whole, to make the landscape more functional and to better integrate the building and property landscaping into the surrounding environment, visually.
We are open to any design solutions that work – changes to structure, changes building materials, painting, etc. Again, we are looking to integrate the property stylistically into the lower Hudson Valley environment in which it is located. That should be the guide as far as the style to which we aspire.
There are, however, certain elements that we would like to be able to integrate into the overall design:
1. A grape arbor with table beneath for outdoors eating.
2. Hardscapes - patios around the house for recreation and curb appeal
3. Exterior lighting
4. Possible expansion of the wrap-around deck on the shed side, to afford more functional space, and to escape the sun in the afternoons.
5. Tall fencing around side yard where the shed is located, creating an enclosed area linking the deck and yard, with the objective of keeping deer out of the yard and children in. The fence should function to keep out the deer, not to separate us from neighbors or to shield. Therefore, the more open and unobtrusive the fence the better.
6. Soffits and gutters are old and rotted and need to be replaced.
7. Possible small children’s playground area – slide, climbing apparatus, etc.
8. The current basement egress is open. We would like to cover it with some sort of window covering to transform it into a conditioned space, accessible from the downstairs’ windows – to grow herbs and a few plants. Local code requires a means of evacuating the house through the window.
9. We would like to have the outside property link completely around the entire house – patios with walkways leading to other patios, leading to entrances, etc. – so that one could circumnavigate the entire exterior. The lower parking area would link better to the upper, southern side of the house if stairs were built at the top of that driveway. Currently there is a retaining wall stopping passage.
10. We might want, potentially, a hot tub in the future on or adjacent to the deck on any side of the house. We’d like to plan for that now and have the structure ready to receive the hot tub in the event we purchase one.
11. The view from the main deck (west-northwest side of the house looking north) looks out over mountains, but below neighbors houses and power lines are visible. We would like to use landscaping – trees, other greenery - to mask the neighbors and power lines but maintain that greenery low enough so as not to lose the view of the mountain.
12. We would like to add a small herb and vegetable garden with some fruit trees to the yard enclosed by the fence, mentioned above.
13. Current grading is poor with the house located at the bottom of a descending street and several areas of the yard draining toward the house. Re-grading and a drainage plan need to be a part of the overall landscape plan.
14. We are very “green” oriented.
15. Current Projected budget is $30,000.
EPS vector topo map can be provided for manipulation upon request. I will be posting a view of the mountains from the deck at a later time, soon.