High Rock Lodge: A Rural Retreat Perches Above a Creek

When the house’s designer, architect Tim Witzig of the New York City-based firm PKSB, first visited the property, he was stunned. “And then I thought, immediately, how close can we get to the creek without making an impact and structurally remain viable? How can we make a house that’s not going to be crazy expensive?” he says.

Witzig designed the house to cantilever over the creek, using a combination of piers and trusses, similar to a bridge. The house’s cruciform shape allows most of its rooms to face the creek; the other side of the house faces the forest. The cruciform’s long line begins at the nine-foot-high cedar entryway (an ode to Moy and Sniado’s former Windham log cabin and the lowest ceiling point in the house) and continues into the living room, which features a dramatic 18-foot insert ceiling made of cedar and, on either side of the room, the interior sides of the two main stone piers that hold upthe house and run from floor to ceiling. One pier frames the fireplace, while the other frames a large television, which rises up on a lift when in use and can be put out of sight so the fireplace remains the room’s focal point.

The cedar ceiling makes the room feel warmer, “similar to what an area rug does to the floor,” says Witzig, provides acoustical support, and hides the lighting returns and the apparatus that controls the draperies. The living room opens onto a deck, which, because the house is cantilevered, sits 12 feet aboveground, creating a treehouse feeling.

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