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A sturdy and modern sustainable cabin in the Catskill Mountains

Sendadiano’s Maria Ibañez and Todd Rouhe spent a decade hiking the Catskill Mountains before finding the perfect place to build the perfect Manhattan escape of their lives. The architects, who run their own New York firm, IdS/R architecturehas chosen to build the sustainable Catskills Cabin as a place to disconnect with their two teenage daughters. Just a few hours’ drive from New York City, the ultra-efficient, airtight structure can be enjoyed year-round as it sources most of its own energy from solar panels.

Hoping to save costs and meet the construction schedule, the duo acted as the general contractor. The approx. It took six months to build the 1991 square foot chalet, then more months to complete the interior.

exterior close up view of a rustic modern cabin in the woods

The design is based on a traditional longhouse layout with the combined kitchen, dining room and living room located midway between two bedrooms and bathrooms at each end.

interior view of modern vipp kitchen in modern rustic cabin

interior view of modern vipp kitchen in modern rustic cabin

The open plan living area is flanked by large sliding glass doors that open onto decks and views of the surrounding woods. The kitchen is equipped with an elegant Kitchen Vipp V1 unit that offers plenty of storage with nothing above to block exterior views. The black freestanding Vipp unit offers plenty of counter space like an island would.

interior view of modern vipp kitchen in modern rustic cabin

interior view of modern vipp kitchen in modern rustic cabin

interior view of modern casual dining area in modern rustic cabin

The modern interior features gray rock-like quarry tiles on the floor and white walls paired with birch wood and black accents. The double height ceiling makes the space even bigger.

interior view of modern casual dining area in modern rustic cabin

A black Vipp pendant illuminates the table for four people.

couple sitting at modern casual dining table in modern rustic cabin

The couple, seen above, designed and built the kitchen table from birch plywood and anodized aluminum. Directly behind them is a built-in pantry with drawers and open shelves hidden behind white doors.

interior shot of modern living room in rustic cabin

interior shot of modern living room in rustic cabin

interior shot of modern living room in rustic cabin

interior view of modern minimalist bedroom in modern rustic cabin

interior view of loft space in modern rustic cabin

night view of a modern rustic cabin in the woods

view of an empty country road surrounded by trees in the fall

Photos by Eric Petschek.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found looking for vintage merchandise, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen or reworking playlists on Spotify.