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This spectacular home in Columbia County, New York, created by Specht Harpman is just on the perimeter of an old-growth forest. It’s situated so that it takes advantage of long valley views and the natural heating and cooling system (the treelines provide a nice windbreak).

The house demonstrates the sustainable design dictum, “Don’t build more house than you need” and incorporates many energy-saving features and materials. The main house, guest house, and pool/pool house were designed to create an informal precinct of habitation within the 100-acre site.

I just love the boat-like design with portal windows coupled with the mid-century-style roofline.

Design Team: Scott Specht, Louise Harpman
Contractor: Wolcott Builders
Engineer: Ross Dalland
Landscape Architect: Jon Piasecki

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.