Old Stone House in Hudson Valley Breathes New Life into an Old Building

Dubbed Old Stone House, this project was created on the behalf of a couple seeking a weekend retreat. The house is set in the idyllic Hudson Valley in the US, on a 6.6 acre site.


The couple contacted the firm TAKATINA LLC“>TAKATINA LLC to make their dreams a reality. 2017 saw the realization of that dream, and they now have a contemporary cabin in the woods to escape to.



The site was home to an existing dwelling – a two and a half story structure which was partially demolished until all that was left were three perimeter walls and the foundations. The new property is a single story, gable end home with a footprint of 1000-square-feet (92.90-square-meters).



In addition main level, there’s also a 300-square-foot (27.87-square-meters) basement. Certain elements were maintained during the transformation, like the existing stone wall which is common to the area. The old is contrasted with the new here, with the rustic stonework juxtaposed against the sleek finish of the standing seam metal roof.


From the exterior Old Stone House slots into its surrounds rather meekly (probably more so than the last building given it’s reduced height). On the inside, you walk into an almost monochrome space, composed of dark browns, gray, black, and white. There’s an element of airiness thanks to the cathedral ceiling and the abundance of windows.


The house is split into two zones: public and private. Two-thirds of the home are dedicated to the public living spaces, an open plan room containing a kitchen along the gable, followed by a dining area and a living area. The private zone is split into three sections to accommodate a bedroom, the master bedroom, and the bathroom.


Large patio doors and windows provide plenty of outward views, capturing scenes of the surrounding woodland and mountain-scape beyond. The entire south wall of the home is graced by an outdoor deck made of teak, providing the occupants with a spot to relax on and enjoy the outdoors.


For more small houses check out Obba Architects’ Vault House. Or, this Tube House from the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh. See all small houses.

Photos © Mikiko Kikuyama


Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

1 Comment
  1. What a lovely design! And it appears to be beautifully crafted/implemented as well. I’d love to have a place like that, though I would use more traditional furnishings and toss that modern pendant light fixture (“modern” generally strikes me as cold and soulless). The extensive use of the color white must make the place feel fresh, happy and light during the warmer months but would, in my view, feel cold as death during those Yankee winters. All in all a delightfully done up casita. These comments are respectfully submitted.
    Stephan of Arkansas