Completed in 2003 with 3,700 SF in size, Catskill House sits on a site with a steep slope that overlooks the Ashokan reservoir. This modern house is designed by Audrey Matlock Architect, owned by a client who wants a home with minimal visual separation between the house and its surrounding landscape. The interior is open and free-flowing, supported by an all-glass envelope.
Besides a minimal visual separation between the house and its landscape, the client also wants a large outdoor living space for social gatherings and a pool. In order to achieve this wish with nominal site work, the architect levels a thin slice of the mountain on the site. A retaining wall at the uphill side is also built.
The ribbon of the land on the site becomes a platform for the pool, house, courtyard, and carport. The south edge precipitously drops off to provide dramatic reservoir vistas and mountains. The rooms of this house come with an elegant appearance through their neutral color and the use of different materials.
With views through the entire house, the interior plan is open and free-flowing. There is also a minimal palette of natural materials used for the walls and floors: concrete and oak. These materials can unite the rooms well. The interior of this house is also connected with its surrounding landscape by an all-glass envelope.
Catskill House Gallery
Photographer: Peter Aaron