Watershed House
Eric Petschek

Watershed House

IDSR architecture as Architects

Located in the Catskill Mountains on the watershed for New York City’s water supply system, this home is an experiment in sustainable building. The site strategy was to preserve as many trees as possible on the site while elevating the house above the hillside to allow water to flow undisturbed towards the tributaries of the Esopus Creek corridor. Based on a traditional longhouse typology, organized around the main central shared space, the bedrooms and bathrooms are situated on either side of the main space with open lofts above each bedroom.

photo_credit Eric Petschek
Eric Petschek
photo_credit Eric Petschek
Eric Petschek

Constructed to passive house standards, the envelope of the house was assembled from prefabricated structural insulated panels (SIPs). The house is air-tight, with triple-insulated windows and double-insulated sliding glass doors that open onto exterior decks that run the full length of the house. The walls are clad in Siberian Larch siding inside and out. The entire floor of the house is covered in quarry tile over radiant floor heating. The radiant heating system uses an air-to-water heat pump technology that runs on minimal power. The project is all electric (there is no gas on the property). An array of 24 ground-mounted solar panels is installed adjacent to the septic field and the remaining areas of the natural landscape that were disturbed during construction have been replanted with native species like mountain mint, hay-scented fern, and bristle-leaf sedge.

photo_credit Eric Petschek
Eric Petschek
photo_credit Eric Petschek
Eric Petschek
photo_credit Eric Petschek
Eric Petschek
Project Credits
design and fabrication of kitchen
Products used in this project
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
KitchenVipp
SofaHAY
plumbing fixturesDuravit
ERV unitZehnder
Product Spec Sheet
Kitchen
Sofa
Hay AAC23, MAGS SOFT by HAY
plumbing fixtures
by Duravit
ERV unit
by Zehnder
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