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This Corten steel house is an idyllic escape in the Hudson Valley

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This striking Corten steel house was designed by Studio MM Architect, located in the southern foothills of New York’s rural Hudson Valley. Perched at the top of rolling farmland, the modern home peeks out from behind the hills, only briefly glimpsed by passing cars on the private road below.

As the fields of hay and wildflowers covering the landscape change with the seasons, views of both distant mountains and of Bully Hill, the site of a local legend, remain constant.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Studio MM Architect BUILDER Teb Fink Building

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This home was devised as an idyllic escape for a couple that was ready to downsize and begin their next chapter. The owners were looking forward to having a modern home in which they can focus on their own interests and hobbies while remaining connected to their family-oriented lifestyle.

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Approached via a meandering driveway that passes through a wooded section of the property, the house retains privacy while maximizing expansive views.

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Paying particular attention to elements of passive design, the 1,100 square foot home is oriented to face south while minimizing solar heating and maximizing natural cooling.

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The exterior facade is a combination of black-stained pine siding and Corten steel. The 18-inch steel panels are aligned with the dwelling’s perimeter and horizontal window edges for a clean aesthetic. The material is maintenance-free and can withstand the harsh elements of the region. It will also naturally oxidize over time to a rusted patina while integrating into its surrounding environment.

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The central living space enables the owners to host small gatherings, but the single bedroom and artist’s studio crystallize the focus of the house—introspection and personal fulfillment.

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The Corten steel is repeated on the interior as the fireplace surround, featuring a built-in wood stove as the focal point of the living room. For the panels, the rusting was accelerated. This look was achieved by spraying a mixture of vinegar, salt, and hydrogen peroxide onto the panels.

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What We Love: This Corten steel house provides a wonderful home surrounded by the countryside for quiet reflection. There is just the right amount of space in this home to live comfortably and encourage time spent outdoors during the temperate months. Large windows help to create a feeling of spaciousness while inviting in natural light and the natural beauty of this home’s surroundings.

Tell Us: What elements in the design of this Hudson Valley home do you find most appealing? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in New York State: Timeless shingle style home with glorious views of the Long Island Sound and Lake house sanctuary boasts picturesque views of the Adirondack Mountains.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Brad Feinknopf

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