The first farmhouse Chuck Petersheim built was inspired by a 19th-century farmhouse that he saw one day while driving through the Hudson Valley. His “muse” had the clean lines and pleasing proportions of the Hudson Valley vernacular farmhouse: a wraparound porch, a fireplace, and long-plank floors. “It was a perfect little house,” he recalls.

 

Instead of trying to buy that house, Petersheim, who had left his life in New York City and discovered an affinity for building and design, decided to both replicate and reinvent it, keeping the aesthetic of the exterior while modernizing the inside. He changed the floor plan, ceiling heights, windows, heating and cooling options, and plumbing: a “new old farmhouse.”

 

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