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The homeowner and Peck already knew how to work together — as a former interior designer, the client was one of Peck's first bosses when Peck graduated from school. The two kept in touch and remained friends. Although the client ended up switching career paths and becoming a nutritionist, she still has an amazing style that she wanted to exercise in this new house.
Table: Restoration Hardware; pendants: Niche Modern
The open dining area connects the kitchen and living rooms, and French doors open onto a deck with a clear view of the Catskills. The three sets of doors provide a panoramic view from the dining room, but well-insulated fiberglass windows keep the home cozy and protected from the mountains' harsh winds.
Although Peck took control of the design when it came to technical construction and detailing, the client did a great deal of work on the interior. "This project was truly a collaboration," Peck says. She provided an initial layout plan and suggestions, but the final midcentury-style pieces were chosen by the client.
Chairs: Circa Modern; rocking chair: vintage; side tables: Glen H Fellows; couches: Restoration Hardware; wall lights: Bruno Pharmacy Plug In Light
The client is a nutritionist, so having a good space to cook in was important to her. A double-sided island with stainless steel cabinetry on both sides provides the storage and prep space she wanted. Glossy white Ikea cabinetry creates extra food storage, while white subway tiles stay in line with the simple country feel.
Countertop, cabinetry, sink, range, refrigerator: Ikea; backsplash: Heath Ceramics
During construction, Peck made sure the joints between the exterior's SIPs and around the window and door openings were as airtight as possible. The house also uses an air exchanger, which brings fresh air into the home without losing heat and circulates warm air from upstairs to the first floor.
Bedframe: Crate & Barrel; lamps: Artemide, Tizio; desk: Old Soul Antiques
The structure's exterior siding is made of a simple black corrugated steel that wraps around the SIPs. The SIPs themselves wrap around the original barn frame to create an extremely well-insulated home. The roof is standing seam galvanized steel, while the simple deck is made of pressure-treated Southern yellow pine.