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“For the structure, Mapos devised a hybrid system of concrete, steel, and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs),” co-principal CalebMulvena says.

Long before a 3,500-square-foot home stood on this secluded 12-acre site, this land was just a favorite campsite for two New Yorkers.

“For the structure, Mapos devised a hybrid system of concrete, steel, and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs),” co-principal Caleb Mulvena says. “Each was strategically utilized to create a lightweight, rigid, and highly energy-efficient shell.” Fiber cement-board cladding and a steel standing-seam roof act as the structure’s envelope.

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Concrete columns that lift Hudson Valley home that maximize views.

“A majority of the house is lifted on concrete columns to maximize the views and also provide a covered ground plane for protected parking and outdoor living,” Mulvena says. “Future additions to the house can be built on this ground level within the existing structure."

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Custom fireplace in Hudson Valley home.

The fireplace, which sits on buffed concrete flooring at the center of the ground floor, was custom-made by Mapos.

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Super low-E insulated glass windows of Hudson Valley home.

“The windows and patio doors, all made from super low-E insulated glass, open onto the amazing views and give easy access to expansive decks and a pool terrace,” Mulvena says. His team conducted solar studies and installed a retractable screen from MechoShade that would shade the house in the summer.

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Ikea lights stands over a Kohler faucet in Hudson Valley home's living room.

The couple plan to retire in this home; its capacious interior is designed to host multiple generations of family. IKEA lights stands over a Kohler faucet in the kitchen.

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Stairs made from salvages laminated veneer lumber in Hudson Valley home.

“The clients desired a maintenance-free, year-round home using the ultimate in ‘green’ building methodologies,” Mulvena says. The staircase is an example of the construction’s mindset: it is made from the leftover laminated veneer lumber used on the roof.

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Schelly chair and ottoman from BoConcept in Hudson Valley home's master bedroom.

“The [owner] is a self-proclaimed minimalist who desired concrete throughout as a backdrop to her furniture, and eventually, her artwork,” Mulvena says. The Schelly chair and ottoman in the master bedroom are by BoConcept.

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BoConcept couch in Hudson Valley home.

However, relying solely on concrete was not the best use of the budget, so Mulvena “balanced the concrete floors and highlights with a simple palette of affordable but industrial materials: black steel and plywood." The couch is by BoConcept.

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Hudson Valley home with fiber cement-board cladding and steel standing-seam roof.

“For the structure, Mapos devised a hybrid system of concrete, steel, and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs),” co-principal Caleb Mulvena says. “Each was strategically utilized to create a lightweight, rigid, and highly energy-efficient shell.” Fiber cement-board cladding and a steel standing-seam roof act as the structure’s envelope.

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Once their children grew up and moved away, this New York couple—who work in the art and fashion industries—decided to build a gathering place for friends and family that reflected the natural beauty of their beloved getaway in Ghent. They wanted a home with a simple material palette that opened to views of the distant Catskills. Co-principal Caleb Mulvena of Mapos met those needs while reducing the home's environmental impact: “Our primary goal was to maximize sustainable features by utilizing passive design principals, technology, and ultra-low-maintenance materials,” he says. The four-bedroom house features concrete flooring with radiant heating, LED lighting, and reclaimed wood. As part of the couple’s purchasing agreement, they still allow cattle from a neighboring farm to graze near their front door. 

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