This week on The Hunt (sounds like a crime investigation series, no?) we are exploring the possibilities of an old eyebrow colonial located in Claverack, which is right outside my favorite upstate town, Hudson.
So, first off, let it be known that we will most definitely give our country home a name. And if we were to ever buy a eyebrow colonial (the eyebrow references second floor half sized windows that resemble eyebrows), we would name our house after some of the great eyebrows of our day. These are the top runners:
Let’s try in a sentence: “Hey friends, want to come up to Brooke Shields this weekend for a little R&R?” Creepy, and yet brilliant.
But that is beside the point. This particular eyebrow colonial was really interesting to me because 1. It’s pretty cheap ($139k), 2. I love how the house sits beside acres of open farmland and 3. like some of the inspiration photos I found below, I think* this house has the potential to marry old and modern really easily.
Can you imagine? I’d leave the front of the house alone and where the roof starts to descend on the back of the house, I’d bump it out, double the floorplan and create a wall of glass on one side. Basically, this would become a modern farmhouse. Here are some starter design ideas to get your motor running.
The two rooms upstairs look quite generous!
But even with two large rooms (and presumably a third, though it could potentially become an upstairs bath) – it seems like the house would need more square footage for guest sleeping. Enter the accompanying poolhouse/guest house.
The way the house is situated with the fields on the left side of the house, it looks ideal for adding another structure to the right of the house that would basically frame the backyard in an L shape. And of course, the backyard would now contain a super fabulous patio and inground pool.
Since I’m already spending hundreds of thousands of (imaginary) dollars on a guest house, I figured it might as well pimp it up. So this guest house would not only include a guest room and bath, but a studio/workshop for me, a pool bath, a wet bar, a giant living room/pool house (with barn doors opening directly towards the pool) and an upstairs recording studio for BC.
Having a hard time envisioning it all? Try this floorplan on for size.
Right. Perhaps I got carried away. One of my favorite parts is in the new structure: do you see that hallway in front of the pool bath and studio? There’s a floor to ceiling glass window lining that hallway so I’d paint the doors of the pool bathroom/studio a bright yellow or red!
I don’t actually know the current floorplan and keep in mind that these architectural changes are not based on any structural information. None of this is based on anything other than a few pictures, so I’m not sure any of this could actually be done.
But if it could… it would definitely be my dream house.
Listing: Claverack Colonial via Gabel Real Estate
*for the record, i’m not an architect and would have no way predicting whether these architectural changes could be made. this is strictly a daydream situation.