A Contemporary Family Retreat Designed For The Berkshire Mountains

Mathison | Mathison Architects have designed a new modern wood house for a family that sits high above the Housatonic River in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Click through to see more photos. #ModernArchitecture #HouseDesign #Landscaping

Photography by Chuck Choi

 

Mathison | Mathison Architects have designed a new house for a family that sits high above the Housatonic River in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

 

Mathison | Mathison Architects have designed a new modern wood house for a family that sits high above the Housatonic River in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Click through to see more photos. #ModernArchitecture #HouseDesign #Landscaping

Photography by Chuck Choi

Upon arrival, the home has an earthy palette with black stained cedar siding, mahogany windows and a natural zinc colored metal roof.


This modern house has an earthy palette with black stained cedar siding, mahogany windows and a natural zinc colored metal roof. #BlackCedarSiding #MahoganyWindows #MetalRoof #Landscaping

Photography by Chuck Choi

Stepping inside, the interior spaces are clad with western red cedar walls, with walnut and natural stone floors.


The interiors of this modern house are clad with western red cedar walls, with walnut and natural stone floors. #InteriorDesign #InteriorMaterials #StackedStone #WalnutFlooring #StoneFlooring #CedarWalls #RedCedar

Photography by Chuck Choi

The main social areas of the home are open plan, creating a bright and welcoming environment.


This modern house has an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, with a stacked stone fireplace. #OpenPlanLiving #InteriorDesign #LivingRoom #StackedStone #StoneFireplace

Photography by Chuck Choi

In the living room, there’s a stacked stone fireplace and hearth, that draws the eye upwards to the clerestory windows and the height of the room.


In this modern living room, there's a stacked stone fireplace and hearth, that draws the eye upwards to the clerestory windows and the height of the room. #Fireplace #StackedStoneFireplace #StoneFireplace #ModernFireplace

Photography by Chuck Choi

Just off the living is a large screened in porch with views of the trees.


This modern house has a large screened in porch with views of the trees. #Porch #EnclosedPorch #Sunroom

Photography by Chuck Choi

On the other side of the living room is the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen has dark wood cabinets with white countertops, while a large island provides an additional place for seating.


This modern kitchen has dark wood cabinets with white countertops, while a large island provides an additional place for seating. #ModernKitchen #WoodKitchen #KitchenDesign

Photography by Chuck Choi

The dining room, with a dark wood table and light wood chairs, is anchored in the open floor plan by a chandelier.


The dining room in this modern house, has a dark wood table and light wood chairs, and is anchored in the open floor plan by a chandelier. #DiningRoom #Chandelier #OpenPlanLiving

Photography by Chuck Choi

The main social areas of the home fully opens up to the outdoors and patio with the use of a 40-foot retractable glass door system that includes overhead screens that drop down from the exterior soffit. The house also shares its site with an existing small cabin by the same designer, completed several years earlier.


A 40-foot retractable glass door system opens up to create a true indoor / outdoor living environment for this modern house. #RetractableGlassDoors #IndoorOutdoor #ModernHouse

Photography by Chuck Choi

Outside, there’s a patio area with a firepit, before stairs lead down to the swimming pool.


This modern house in the woods has a patio area with a firepit, before stairs lead down to the swimming pool. #ModernHouse #Landscaping #FirePit #Patio

Photography by Chuck Choi

The swimming pool is positioned at the edge of a drop-off, and it has views of the valley and ridge beyond.


This modern swimming pool is positioned at the edge of a drop-off, and it has views of the valley and ridge beyond. #SwimmingPool #Pool #Landscaping

Photography by Chuck Choi

A series of board-formed concrete retaining walls and planted slopes negotiate the outdoor spaces, which are overlaid with paths and seating areas using reclaimed granite curbs from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


A series of board-formed concrete retaining walls and planted slopes negotiate the outdoor spaces of this modern house, which are overlaid with paths and seating areas using reclaimed granite curbs from Massachusetts and New Hampshire. #Landscaping #Stone #Paths #Garden #RetainingWalls

Photography by Chuck Choi

Back inside, there’s a master bedroom with a large windows, a sloped ceiling and a fireplace.


This modern master bedroom has large windows, a sloped wood ceiling and a fireplace. #MasterBedroom #Fireplace #Windows #WoodCeiling

Photography by Chuck Choi

In the master bathroom, light colored tile and plenty of windows keep the space bright, while a glass enclosed shower is located at the end of the bathroom, with a freestanding bathtub nearby.


In this modern master bathroom, light colored tile and plenty of windows keep the space bright, while a glass enclosed shower is located at the end of the bathroom, with a freestanding bathtub nearby. #MasterBathroom #ModernBathroom #Windows #Skylight

Photography by Chuck Choi

As the home is two-levels, there’s a wood and steel staircase that connects the floors.


As this modern house is two-levels, there's a wood and steel staircase that connects different floors. #Staircase #Stairs #WoodAndSteelStairs

Photography by Chuck Choi

The lower level includes an expansive private living area with a band of horizontal windows facing east and clerestory windows to the west. Next to the living area is a bunk room for guests.


This modern house has a guest room with bunk beds that are located off a casual living room. #BunkBeds #PocketDoor #WoodAccentWall

Photography by Chuck Choi

There’s also a cedar-clad bathroom with light green tiles.


This modern bathroom has cedar clad walls and light green tiles. #ModernBathroom #CedarWalls #CedarBathroom #BlueTiles

Photography by Chuck Choi

Near the bathroom is a specially designed sauna that includes glass panels that provide continuous views of the Berkshire Mountain landscape from inside the space.


This modern sauna has been specially designed to include glass panels that provide continuous views. #Sauna #ModernSauna

Photography by Chuck Choi

Also downstairs is a wine cellar with wood lined walls and storage space for displaying the wine collection.


This modern wine cellar has wood lined walls and storage space for displaying the wine collection. #WineCellar #WineStorage

Photography by Chuck Choi

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