In the river town of Croton-on-Hudson, about an hour’s drive from Midtown Manhattan, property is prized for its dramatic water views. Resolution: 4 Architecture (RES4), a New York–based firm founded by Joseph Tanney and Robert Luntz, has designed numerous modern houses in the river and oceanfront towns surrounding the city, but perhaps no location influenced the firm’s work so clearly from first sight as this one. Though the clients, a retired couple seeking an escape from Manhattan, had approached RES4 to design a prefabricated vacation house for the property, there was not enough room to truck the modules on the narrow, winding road leading up to the site. So the architects proposed a more conventional construction instead. “Yet the strategies we employed are still similar in terms of organization and efficiency,” says Tanney.

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The overall tactic focused on lifting the house as high as possible, 9 feet above grade, to take advantage of the Hudson River views. The house is composed of a main volume, clad in metal siding, supported on steel columns, with a stair and elevator core on its south side faced in ipé wood. This larger form extends eastward to rest on a narrow bar-like structure, sheathed in white cement board, which encloses mechanical systems and storage space.

At the intersection of the two, the architects carved a space for the carport, through which a visitor first glimpses the river. “It’s like a portal,” says Tanney. “You get this incredible framed view.” Since one of the clients likes to swim every day, the architects placed a pool beneath the main volume of the house, where it is sheltered from the sun.

On the level above, a covered deck separates the living area from a guest bedroom on the west. This captured exterior space, overlooking the town and river, has a fire pit—along with insect screens that drop from the deck’s soffit. Inside, the architects designed built-in furniture, including low white oak cabinetry, a banquette in the dining area, and wardrobes and a bed in the master suite on the east end, all intended to increase the sense of openness and views and minimize visual clutter. “It’s intended as a refuge,” says Tanney. In fact, the project was so transformative that soon after finishing the house, the couple hired RES4 to renovate their Manhattan apartment, where they can escape the tranquility of the countryside when desired.



Resolution: 4 Architecture; 150 West 28th Street Suite 1902, New York, NY, 212-675-9266,


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Robert Luntz, AIA, Joseph Tanney, AIA, and Lindsay Kunz



Structural: Dominick R. Pilla Associates PC

Mechanical: Gabor M. Szakal Consulting Engineers, PC

Civil: Cronin Engineering PE, PC



Audio Visual: Sounds Ideas

Landscape: Ryna Lustig Landscape Consulting LLC

Security: All Time Detection Inc.


General contractor:

Montana Contracting



Emily Andrews, Resolution: 4 Architecture


Exterior Cladding

Metal panels: Fabral 7/8” Corrugated Metal Siding, Mica – Pewter (Walls); Fabral Select Series 12-12R0 Flat, Mico - Pewter

Rainscreen: Benjamin Obdyke Slicker Classic Rainscreen Mesh

Moisture barrier: ZIP System Wall Sheathing and Tape

Other cladding unique to this project: Azek Panel (Window Infill Panels)



Metal frame: Western Windows Systems



Entrances: Western Window Systems

Sliding doors: Western Window Systems



Locksets: Emtek Brass Helios (Interior Doors)

Other special hardware: Carl Stahl Stainless Steel Cable Mesh Handrail


Interior Finishes

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Kountry Kraft

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore Aura

Solid surfacing: Dupont Corian, Porcelanosa Krion

Floor and wall tile: Stone Source Q-Stone Minimal (Floor), Nasco White Thassos (Wall)

Special interior finishes unique to this project: Kohler Robern M-Series Medicine Cabinets, Electro-Kinetics TV Lift (in Master Bedroom), Arakawa Art Rail



Chairs: Desiron Nolita Upholstered Arm Chair, Sutherland Lakeshore Lounge Chair, Restoration Coronado Chaises, B&B Italia Tulip Chairs, Palau Sofa

Tables: Custom Walnut Dining Table and Coffee Table by Wallace Shaw

Upholstery: Knoll Ransom / Motive (Desiron Chairs), Designtex Woodcut Graphite (Dining Banquette & Sofas)



Interior ambient lighting: WAC InvisiLED Pro 2, WAC LEDme Trimless Step Light

Downlights: USAi Lighting BeveLED

Tasklighting: Holtkotter Adjustable Reading Lamp

Exterior: Hinkley Kube Square Downlight, Eurofase Lighting Inground Uplight

Dimming system or other lighting controls: Lutron RadioRA 2 Lighting Control System



Elevators/escalators: HandiLift Residential Elevator



Cube Metro Lavatory Sink: Wetstyle

Cube Undercounter Trough Sink: Wetstyle

Ava Single-Lever Mixed: KWC

Ava Rectange Overhead Shower: KWC

Starck 2 Wall Hung Toilet: Duravit

Neorest 550 Elongated Toilet / Bidet: Toto

Winifred Resin Freestanding Tub: Signature Hardware

Linear Drain: Infinity Drain

Butler Steam Shower Package: Mr. Steam

Culina Semo-Professional Faucet: Blanco

Strive Undermount Sink: Kohler



Photovoltaic system: ACE Solar

Other unique products that contribute to sustainability: Geothermal Closed Loop Heating & Cooling

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project: Warmboard Radiant Flooring