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Monday, May 16, 2016

Barn 9, Kerhonkson NY, SOLD

Barn 9 in Kerhonkson NY sold a couple of weeks ago.  We built it without a buyer lined up and had a lot of fun designing the whole thing in-house, a rare exercise these days.  Typically they get signed up for pretty quick.


Ikea kitchen.  I used to think these were a 'more affordable option', but with some simple bells and whistles, they get pricey quick.

Salvaged wood mudroom with red crossbuck door and stone on the floor.

Basement build out.

Screened porch and back deck.

Site built custom stairs.

Famous duel barn door look.

Pretty fun house in a great area of upstate NY.  Something Mom would definitely proud to visit.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Farmhouse 36 - SOLD - Kerhonkson NY

Farmhouse 36 - 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,790 square feet.

When I bought 130 acres in Kerhonkson NY, it was a bit of a risk to say the least.  Sort of tucked in South of the Ashokan, not in the prime time spots of Woodstock and Saugerties and Kingston and viewed a little by the real estate community as the step child of the real Ulster County.

Au Contraire, I must say once again.  Why Contrarian has to be my middle name, and why it has to consistently work so well for us, is hard to actually figure out?

Build new when others are fixing up that old house.  Build small in the area of McMansions.   Take money off the table when everyone else is doubling down.  Stay off the beaten path.

What I say about the Olivebridge and Kerhonkson area is that you are only 20-30 minutes from everything (Phoenicia, Woodstock, Saugerties, Kingston, High Falls, Rosendale, New Paltz, Stone Ridge) and don't have to worry about getting hit by a car the minute you get on your bicycle.   Also, the who Big Indian wilderness is just down the street.  From our experience, this is exactly what people are looking for.  Lower taxes, less density, more land.

This is a pretty awesome house with mountain views.  It was purchased completely finished by an European couple.  1800 sq ft.

The expansive mud room really defines this house.  Big natural light and plenty of room for the family to hop around taking off their boots at the same time.

Lots of salvaged wood, stained wood, and natural stone.

Cable rail and hand hewn beams.

Kitchen and tucked away dining nook.

Super great house sold 2 weeks ago.  Another one sells today.  Phase 1 of our first project in the wonderful area of kerhonkson sold out.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Fodor's Travel does the Catskills

Here's a cool article about hotels in the Catskills.  Our friends and clients at the Hillside Schoolhouse are featured as well as Narrowsburg matron Anna Bern.

Fodors Rocks the Catskills

My Son's baseball team.  He top row, far right.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mini Barn, Narrowsburg NY - SOLD

Some kind feedback from the new owner - 

Hi Chuck,

We just wanted to let you know how much we love the house.  We spend our first weekend there and the only thing we didn't like was leaving. 

Every single detail is even better than how I pictured it.  You guys really do quality/stand-out work and you understand your clients desire for high-design and functionality.  There's nothing else like it out there. Trust me, I looked. 

Also, Pete and Amanda have been just awesome.  Working with them was so much fun.  They both go above and beyond.   Amanda thinks of everything.  She helped me figure out how to place my furniture and even sent me notices of when vendors were having sales!  Pete came up with so many great options/suggestions that I never would have thought of on my own (black kitchen sink which I LOVE by the way, my floor stain, etc).  I think they said they are doing 12 houses right now (or something), but I always felt like ours was the only one.  I could go on and on. Bottom line - you have a really awesome team. 

This whole process was stress-free and fun.  I want to do it again.  

Now....can we build another one??? 


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ranches and Barns

MiniBarn Just Sold.

Lake Front Ranch looking for Owner.

 New barn house going up in Kerhonkson.  Contracts signed.

Great little Ranch in Woodstock NY.  Buyer needed.

Ranch in Kerhonkson/Ashokan/Olivebridge.  Contracts Signed.