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A Weekend Home Along the Banks of the Hudson River
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A busy New York City-based couple reached out to Fauzia Khanani of Foz Design to design a new weekend home in Saugerties, New York. Located along the banks of the Hudson River, the custom home acts as a sanctuary for the couple and as a place they can host friends and family.

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With a slight rustic, cabin-like aesthetic, this modern home, dubbed RiverBanks, hints at mid-century modern with its clean lines, but has a warm feel as it’s clad in natural wood.

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Approximately 200 trees had to be cleared from the lot for building to begin and those trees were reused for furnishings and finishes in the home.

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The house is surrounded by expansive decks to enjoy the natural surroundings. Overhangs provide shelter from the sun.

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The interior has an open plan with 20-foot ceilings in the living area. Massive windows frame the natural terrain outside, while providing the interior with lots of natural daylight.

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Foz Design collaborated with HiveMind Design, a local furniture designer and fabricator, on some of the furniture in the home. The television cabinet in the living room places the TV within the wall and features a garage door-like cover (made from the removed trees) slips in and out of the wall to reveal the screen.

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The coffee table, with its blackened steel frame, was designed to match the cabinet.

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Low VOC adhesives and paints were used throughout. They also used a cellular spray foam insulation to make the house more energy efficient. A heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system was incorporated to provide fresh air and improved climate control, while saving energy.

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A series of six log stools from the fallen trees are used in various rooms throughout the residence.

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In the guest room, two twin beds were made with a blackened steel dovetail detail on the headboard and the footboard. The bed can be pushed together or separated depending on the guests they’re having.

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Photos by Garrett Rowland.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.