GABLED ROOF FARMHOUSE: Pine Bush, NY
Early in our careers, we a had a first generation Russian client who grew up in Manhattan's impoverished lower east side. Through hard work and creativity he built the largest radio station conglomerate in the world... But horses were his dream. After retiring his first step was to purchase 200 acres in Upstate NY and then jump into the thoroughbred breeding business.
Our task was to take an old house and renovate it. We ended up gutting it to the foundations and starting over. The house had to include an office, an entertainment area (for potential horse breeders) and a home. By using the natural slope of the site, the office was at the lower level, to walk out to the barns and track; the living/entertaining level was in the middle with a wraparound porch to watch the horses train; and a lovely living space occupied the top level. All levels had a magnificent view of the half mile training track, breeding barns, walk-in pond for hydro-training and vast meadows and trails.