Corning, New York

September 10, 2016

In an old horse pasture cut into a rural upstate New York woods, a woman transitioning to retirement from metropolitan arts administration sought a modest homein which she could practice her own art, host guests, and age in place. The result is a house that manages to be both modern and traditional—a flexible, achievable model for comparative dwellings using similar design and production efficiencies.

The home is constructed of three structures. Each element of the compound has a unique exterior sheathing: standard corrugated weathering steel wraps the Box, black corrugated steel wraps the Shed, and a barn board rainscreen of randomized rough-sawn pine painted black clads the Barn.

The house is heated by in-floor hydronic heat with a dual-purpose condensing boiler, and a wood-burning stove. Exterior insulation forms a thermal break combined with the rainscreen that voids the need for AC. IKEA furniture was customized for both the kitchen and bedroom.

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