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This house in Dutchess County, NY, emerges from a clearing in a forest, 200 feet way from the shoreline of a beautiful lake. Entirely constructed with cross-laminated-timber (CLT), walls, floor, and roof were assembled quickly on-site, using mass-timber panels milled in a factory, as well as prefabricated concrete foundations. This renewable wood building material is beautiful, ecological, and solid, providing a warm and natural feeling throughout the house.

On the exterior, the house is clad with waney board (live edge) cedar siding. Inside the house, the natural finish of the timber panels is expressed on all visible walls and ceilings. The house will derive the majority of is energy from geothermal wells and photovoltaic panels.

Living spaces are connected in a fluid loop around a central core in the middle of the three-bedroom house, anchored by double-height and skylit spaces at the house’s four corners. All spaces face outwards to the clearing and forest, through large glazed openings. One small triangular window is placed under the stair – perhaps the future favorite place of the family dog.

These photos document the design and construction of the CLT House. Stay tuned for photos of the completed project.

Client: Private Client

Location: Dutchess County, NY

Status: Completed
Dates: 2020 – 2023

Design Team: Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang | Paul Mok, Isabel Sarasa | Amanda Morgan, Jason Kim, Julio Picatoste | Cole Van der Feldt

Consultant Team: Structure: SILMAN | MEP: OLA | Civil: Depuy Engineering

Builder: UCE Fine Builders

Photography: Frank Oudeman