River Rock House is the architect-built green renovation & addition to an 1850 canal house on 
the old Delaware & Hudson Canal with Rondout Creek frontage in Rosendale, NY.  Radiant heat is 
installed throughout, with extra insulation for added energy savings.  Salvaged framing from the demolition 
was reused in the main stair railing and as new posts to allow a generous opening between the new and old 
sections of the house.  Although River Rock House is modest in terms of square footage, the thoughtful design 
makes it feel spacious.  Old wideboard pine floors and the original posts and beams were lovingly polished 
and finished.  Intelligent floor choices were made: bamboo, cork, ceramic tile, and natural wool carpets.
Attention to detail, beautiful carpentry, and sensuous finishes make the entire house a work of art
and one of the best houses built in Ulster County in 2006.
Front entry with bluestone wall and patio
Front porch with unique mahogany and cedar railing
Living room with energy efficient
 woodstove insert at stone fireplace
and wideboard pine floors
View from dining room toward kitchen
with exposed timber frame
Kitchen with black granite countertops
 and bamboo floors
Rondout Creek with cherry and spruce landscape table
Master bedroom with original low ceilings at room corners
New dormers allow a raised ceiling elsewhere
Custom-bent track light
at stairway focal point
New York House magazine Green Building Competition 2008 Honorable Mention
Construction Documents
BOLDER Architecture - Historic Ulster County New York Architecture - Green Renovation Design
BOLDER Architecture, PLLC-845-532-8354-BolderArchitect@gmail.com

Located in the beautiful Town of New Paltz and providing architectural services to the local communities,
Cities, Villages, Towns and Hamlets of Gardiner, Rosendale, Stone Ridge, Accord, Kerhonkson, Krumville, Olivebridge, West Shokan, Shokan, 
Hurley, Sawkill, Kingston, Zena, Woodstock, Shady, Mt. Tremper, Phoenicia, Shandaken, Big Indian, Saugerties, Palenville, Tannersville, Hunter, Windham,
Leeds, Athens, Coxsackie, Kinderhook, Chatham, Canaan, Spencertown, Ghent, Greenport, Hudson, Taghkanic, Tivoli, Ancram, Red Hook, Rhinebeck,
Rhinecliff, Staatsburg, Millbrook, Hyde Park, Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Beacon, Newburgh, Washingtonville, Monroe, Greenwood Lake, Middletown,
Port Jervis, Monticello, Liberty, Ellenville, Napanoch, Wawarsing, Cragsmoor, Montgomery, Walden, Marlboro, Milton, Modena, Clintondale, Highland,
Plattekill, Ardonia, Wallkill, Pine Bush, Lloyd, Esopus, Marbletown, and Shawangunk in the mountains and farmland, forest and field, cliffs and rivers of 
Ulster County, Dutchess County, Orange County, Green County, Columbia County, Sullivan County, Rockland County, Putnam County, Westchester County
in the spectacular Hudson Valley, Shawangunk Ridge, Catskill and Adirondack Mountains of New York State.
Historic Renovation Details that Maintain & Enhance the Historic Character of the Existing Building & Site

Dry-laid Bluestone Retaining Wall replaces railroad ties by the road

Period-Appropriate Roof Dormers added for function & aesthetic appeal

Front Porch opened up and extended

Recessed Front Door with Sidelites added with Mahogany Trim & Bluestone Threshold

Salvaged Wideboard Pine Flooring installed in existing portion of house

Timber Frame exposed & finished

Smooth Integration of Modern Amenities with Historic Features

Extensive Re-Use of Salvaged Framing & wood scraps
for structurally supplementing existing timber frame,
for front porch railing & built-in furniture,
for fence around propane tanks

Maintain & Supplement Historic Landscape
of maple, willow & sycamore trees
quince & lilac bushes & many varied bulbs

Record 50 Year Flood Level of Rondout Creek
with line of spring bubs naturalized in lawn
Historic Ulster County New York Architecture
Green Renovation Design