What started out as a strategic purchase to curb development along a historic road in Garrison, New York has resulted in a gorgeous and sustainable home. Architect Sharon Davis has lived in the Garrison area for 20 years, and when an adjacent plot of land came up for sale on historic Old Albany Post Road, she decided to purchase it and build the sustainable eco-home of her dreams.
At just 900 square feet, the tiny home has a large presence due to its open and airy interior. The facade of the farm-style house pays homage to the historic Old Albany Post Road, while the rear of the house is a bit more modern with large, fully retractable windows that manage to blend the structure seamlessly into its natural exterior surroundings.
All of the home’s furnishings were locally sourced and/or recycled and custom designed to maximize the the compact living area. Salvaged pine and reclaimed oak were used on the exterior facade, which is complemented by additional contemporary touches such as a Corten planter bed, blackened steel stairs and a sleek slate fireplace.
The home also uses geothermal heating and cooling for temperature control and was insulated with a soy foam to further reduce its environmental impact. As for the landscaping, landscape architect Nelson Byrd Woltz created a serene atmosphere using only native plants including a large wildflower meadow just outside the home.
Photos via Sharon Davis Design