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c. 1898 Stone Home
Stone & Timber Country Home
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|Heated Sq. Ft.||2,670|
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Stone and Shaker Craftsmanship Plus Sustainability
Cross the stone bridge to this magnificent stone and timber house. The original home, built in the late 1890’s, has been extensively rebuilt and expanded with traditional Shaker craftsmanship. The attention to detail is evident throughout this unique home. This is the stone mason’s own home, featuring stone, marble and old-growth timber with 24 inch planks. The home has large gracious rooms on both floors, and a large stone basement.
This one of a kind colonial style stone home sits on 2 private acres, featuring a picturesque stream, and is enhanced by dry stone walls and perennial gardens. Lilacs and an apple tree grace the yard that is surrounded by firs, birches, maples and many other specimens. Every window has a view.
Beside the timeless appeal of timber and stone which only improve with age, this home was built by a craftsman and an environmentally conscious artisan and is the epitome of being “Green” - energy efficiency, sustainability with no chemically treated lumber. The living room fireplace is a Rumford design, an energy-efficient design by Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, a colleague of Ben Franklin. The centralized stone fireplace is a heat sink - 3 stories of stone, (basement, first, second floor) -which holds the heat in winter as well as the cool in summer.
Details also include:
--Raw materials – lumber cut, milled aged by the owner.
--Shaker details – peg rail, corner moldings, hand crafted pine kitchen cupboards
--Heated garage and workshop
--Walk-out basement with wine cellar
--Beautiful rural Rensselaer County
--Close to skiing and hiking and the beauty of the Berkshires
More details on this beautiful home
The living room has a massive stone fireplace and features a 16 foot long mantle. The brick is handmade historic brick from a local building. A wood box, Dutch oven and whiskey cabinet complete this beautiful stone creation. Hand crafted beams of local lumber grace the ceiling. The walls are two feet thick stone and the window and door detailing and hardware is traditional Shaker.
Each room has a Creda Radiant Storage Heater from Switzerland, offering energy efficient radiant heat. These units heat up over night and dissipate heat during the day. A panel in the basement allows for setting for off peak usage. There is a thermostat for each unit, as well. Finally, a wood stove using the renewal resource of wood also heats the stone of the home.
The sun room is a passive solar room with southern exposure which opens on to a lovely stone and marble patio. The sun room has windows on three sides, sky lights, exposed stone and natural wood paneling.
The dining room is a lovely space, warmed by the light from the sun room and surrounded by magnificent stone and stunning 24 inch planks.
The family room features a wood stove and the coziness of curling up by the stove and tv.
The kitchen cabinets are custom made - each door is a single plank wide. All space is utilized in a functional way. No wasted space or corners.
Upstairs are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom has a laundry room, private deck and full master bath. There is also a quiet, sunny nook on the landing at the top of the stairs.
Archived in January, 2011
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