Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pics of Homes on a Saturday Morning

Here's old Farm 28 in Narrowsburg on 17 acres with some views.  Just sold yesterday.  1750 sq ft 3 beds and 2 baths.





 Here's the Shokan Farmhouse, just outside of Woodstock NY.  3200 sq ft, 3 beds and 3.5 baths.




Farm 30, inspired by farm 28, inspired by Cottage 36, 40, 44.  This 3 bed, 2 bath plus finished basement in Olivebridge NY has it all, including mountain views.




Farm 31 in Kerhonkson NY is heading towards a deal now that it's easy to see how great it's going to be.  3 beds, 2 baths.  7 acres.



Farmhouse 33 in Rhinebeck NY is off to a fast start.  Hit rock, but we know what to do about that.


Cottage 47 over in Olivebridge is looking good.  This cottage is for sale.  Stone walls, mountain views, little stream.  Under $400k.



Farm 32 in Kerhonkson is moving right along.  This 1550 sq ft 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home has absolute privacy.

I drag Lucas all around to job sites and sales meetings and scouting new land.  Guess he needed a pick-me-up power nap.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Reposted articles: "8 Of the World's Most Gorgeous Rural Cabins", smart homes, and "Three Tiny Homes With Big Appeal"

Fast Company staffer Carey Dunne spotlights a new book that showcases architects designing innovative variations on the age-old cabin structure. Here, eight unique rural getaways.



"One day our homes will be smart, but we have a long way to go. Here’s how we’ll get there."
by Stacey Higginbotham. The tech world is excited about the smart home, but for most consumers, the idea of paying more for a connected device that doesn’t offer much new functionality and opens them up to risks is a tough sell.



Andrea N. Browne writes about three tiny homes in Kiplinger Magazine. What these small houses lack in square footage they make up for in clever design and savings.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Reposted articles: "Crazy as it Sounds, Solar Could Be the World's Most Important Energy Source by 2050" and "SolarCity Launches Loan Program For Homeowners"

AcExperts believe that a solar boom is both feasible and necessary in order to reign in warming to safe levels.cording to Ben Schiller from Co.Exist, experts believe that a solar boom is both feasible and necessary in order to reign in warming to safe levels.
Ben Schiller from Co.Exist states that experts believe that a solar boom is both feasible and necessary in order to reign in warming to safe levels.


According from Mark Glover from The Sacramento Bee, SolarCity's’s new program will allow homeowners to own their solar panels, rather than lease them, as is the current practice.


SolarCity workers install solar panels on the roof of a house. 

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article2665143.html#storylink=cpy

Mark Glover from The Sacramento Bee states that SolarCity's new program will allow homeowners to own their solar panels, rather than lease them, as is the current practice.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article2665143.html#storylink=cpy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Reposted article: "Fagor America Expands Refrigerator Line For Small Spaces"

Nigel F. Maynard posts in Residential Building Products and Technology that Hackensack, New Jersey-based Fagor America has expanded its appliances line to include this 24-in.-wide Energy Star refrigerator that’s ideal for small homes and condos.


Who doesn't love new appliances?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reposted article: "Foam"

Some points on spray foam insulation by Amy Albert, Editor of Builder Magazine and Custom Home:
  1. Post-Construction performance measurement
  2. ICC calls for it
  3. Most building inspectors not performing it
  4. Foam values vs Batt values
  5. Wasted foam since it is measured by R value and gives no credit for air seal or actual performance
  6. Post Construction performance measurement would increase a homes efficiency, lessen the cost of using enhanced insulation,

Catskill Farms office building - before


Catskill Farms office building - after

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fan Mail

I get a lot of email from folks who are inspired by what we do, and like to share their stories.  It probably goes a long way to allowing me to remain contrarian in the face of so much peer pressure to conform (mostly from self-described liberals) - I'm constantly getting quiet reinforcement from folks around the country and in a way, it's my life blood as we take risks, intellectual and business.


"I am an older artist lived in Eugene, Oregon since 1968, went to high school in New Paltz class of 65, dad taught art at SUNY...he build home there...I am a westerner...anytime you want to vacation here and build new west cabins, I'm ready [ha]....I hand built my own tiny one woman cabin on  Oregon coast many years with a handsaw and a hammer, left over materials from a job site...lived there a year and a half, lots of chopped wood, collected rain water [no electric or plumbed water to site] Thank you for your beautiful work! May your homes last a hundred years and more and be passed on to many happy owners. Gotta go look at property here now and find local builder..Then I'll order plans!"

Good for her - right?




Saturday, October 18, 2014

Favorite Furniture site for now

Joybird.com is a favorite site of mine currently.  It's probably one of those situations where everyone cool already knows about it, but just in case they don't...


(Catskill Farms invests in Solar  at the offices - more on that later).