Site size: 3 acres

Project size: 900 sq. ft.

Program: A new one-bedroom house serves as an alternative residence for the architect/owner.

Location: A lush and wooded lot abuts the famed Old Albany Post Road'itself listed as an historic site'and a natural preserve.

Solution: The shed-roof house, familiar to the regional vernacular, has a main level based on a quadripartite plan. The three main spaces'living area, dining room, and kitchen'wrap around a fourth quadrant, an open deck. The bedroom and bathroom occupy a second floor mezzanine, and spaces at the rear open to the outdoors through large, retractable windows.

Construction and materials: Salvaged Douglas fir walls, cedar roof shingles, ipe wood decking and blue stone paving give the house a simple, natural look that easily fits in with its surroundings.

Sharon Davis Design
31 Perry Street
New York, NY 10014
TEL: (212) 255 8025


Owner: Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis Design
31 Perry Street,
New York, NY
(P) (212) 255 8025

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Project Architect: Jeff Wandersman R.A.

Design Team: Tyler Survant, Damen Hamilton, Sam Keller, Ashley Gange

Mike Carr PE

Plus Group PLLC:

Badey & Watson

Landscape Architect
Nelson, Byrd, Woltz Landscape Architects
200 Park Avenue South
New York, NY

General contractor:
Richard Shea Construction

Elizabeth Felicella



Structural system
Concrete, Steel frames, Glass

Combination wood and steel frame

Exterior cladding
Masonry: Other exterior walls are local dry laid stone walls, stone veneer walls, and board-formed concrete walls

Metal Panels: Corten steel (for landscape area)

Rainscreen: The house uses a rainscreen system. The exterior cladding is salvaged Douglas fir. Waterproofing by Vaproshield.

Precast concrete: Board-formed cast-in place concrete foundation walls

Wood: Salvaged Douglas fir (from, Ipe wood decking, Mahogany railings

Moisture barrier: Vaproshield

Tile/shingles: Cedar Shingles

Wood frame: All other windows are mahogany wood windows made by Lepage

Metal frame: Large sliders and Windows at rear are aluminum made by Schuco

Entrances:The two exterior doors are custom doors fabricated by Kevin Brown. 

Sliding doors: Glass sliding doors by Schuco

Locksets: Rocky Mountain Hardware

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: There is custom millwork throughout.  Kitchen cabinetry uses painted glass fronts completed by Kevin Brown Designs Concrete floors and island by get real surfaces.  Other built-in millwork uses salvaged oak and richlite, done by Kevin Brown

Floor and wall tile: Local blue stone for bathroom walls and floors.   Also used for exterior stairs and paths

Other furniture:
Glass (coffee table,) Designed by Sharon Davis Designs
212 South William Street
Newburgh, NY 12550

Woodwork (custom dining table) Designed by Sharon Davis Design
Jay Brennan Fine Woodworking
11 Peekskill Road
Cold Spring, NY 10516

Energy management or building automation system: House uses geothermal for heating/cooling

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project:
•   Haiku Ceiling Fans
•   Montigo L-Series Single Sided Fireplace
•   Local blue stone for bathroom walls and floors
•   Cast concrete for kitchen floors and countertops by Get Real Surfaces
•   Back-painted glass for kitchen cabinet fronts by Kevin Brown Designs
•   Blackened metal for stair and railing (created by Official LLC
•   Shuco: Aluminum sliding windows and doors
•   Lepage Millwork:  Mahoganry windows
•   Bathroom counters and millwork wrapping:  ¼” Richlite, Black Diamond color:
•   Flooring:  Bespoke Walnut Ashland from LV Wood
•   Wood millwork:  reclaimed hit or miss oak, from LV Wood