Set within the woods and high up on its undulating terrain, Lantern House draws on the privacy of the surrounding landscape to provide a peaceful, modern retreat with seasonal views of the Shawangunk Mountains. As you enter the home, you’ll see through walls of glass to the trees beyond, blurring the distinction between indoors and out. The most striking element of Lantern House is the overhanging roof and soaring continuous sugar pine ceiling, which extends from interior to exterior, shading the expansive windows and wrap-around Western red cedar deck in the summertime and allowing sunlight into the home to passively warm the interior during the chilly winter months. The entry façade of the home forms a courtyard, ideal for dining, gardening, and for enjoying another view of the property. Designed by StudioMM and constructed by master craftsmen Larsen Builders, all systems, materials and components are of the highest specification. The house is heated with radiant floor loops, set into artisinally finished polished concrete, supplementing the passive heat gain from large southern facing windows. Morso wood burning stove provides another source of heat, and adds to the rustic/modern atmosphere. The architect’s modern design maintains a functional, open floor plan in which kitchen, living and dining rooms flow into each other and form the core of the house, where windows reach 14’ in height. Master bedroom enjoys the south-facing view and its own private deck, while master bath features Ipe wood shower floor, rain showerhead, gray-blue travertine countertop with double sinks, soaking tub with a view of the Shawangunk Mountains and the sunset, and enclosed toilet room. Guest wing encompasses two bedrooms and two bathrooms at the other end of the house, providing privacy for homeowners and guests. Closets and storage are plenty, and all mechanicals are housed in a room inside the garage, ensuring minimal sound infiltration onto the home. Lantern House is a rare combination of sophisticated design, flawlessly executed, in a setting that embodies life in the country.