Catskills House

Catskills House

Located on a windy ridge in the Catskills mountains, this structure is oriented north / south. The steel framed agricultural building is 150’ long x 30’ wide with a tin roof. The steel frame and tin roof act as a shelter to the domestic cedar clad building below the robust structure. Resembling a commercial building during construction, it was not unkindly named a “The Home Depot” by the locals during erection. Now a weekend home to a family with 4 girls under 10 years old – who go under the banner “little girls – big trouble” this house provides a wonderful adjunct to the intensity of New York City’s urban life. The house has local stacked stone infill walls and plywood interior wall lining which soften the industrial nature of the steel portals. Total project cost: $250 Per SF.


  • Architect of Record: David Howell
  • Project architect: Steven Wakenshaw
  • Collaborator and Partner in Design Concepts: Adrian Van Schie
  • General Contractor: David Blacklow
  • Local contractor: Floyd and his crew
  • Photography by: Phil (owner) and David Howell