A retirement dream comes true: Post-and-beam beauty on cherished family location

Peggy DeYoung

Overlooking Clayton’s French Bay on Bartlett’s Point, this home is a retirement dream on a stretch of St. Lawrence River waterfront treasured by six generations of owners Rob and Sharron Grant’s family. The new home was built on the site of an original small cottage. When repairs became too great to tackle, it was torn down and plans for a new river home began.

The couple wanted to build a post-and-beam home, which would allow expansive views down river. They eventually decided to build a Lindal Cedar home. Lindal is based in Seattle and provides a package of building materials that includes posts and beams and windows and doors. Other materials were customized to the owners’ tastes and design needs and could be bought separately.

One of the first challenges was to determine if a full walk-out basement with a living space for their family and guests could be built. The sloping grass hill originally had 11 steps down to the water. The process not only revealed that there was enough height to build the walk-out basement, but just below the topsoil the site had beautiful limestone bedrock that is so prevalent along the river. The family now enjoys large areas of natural limestone defining the outdoor living space. [Read more…]

Clayton classic inspires creativity: 1910 Arts and Craft-style bungalow sees extreme makeover

The Taylor family moved back to Clayton to raise their daughter on the St. Lawrence River that they both love. John, a historic architect, chose an Arts and Craft Bungalow in the heart of the village one block from the river and main business district as his home and office.

He opened Taylored Architecture this past year after renovating their home. Clients meet in the upper office, while they’re surrounded by John and Kristen’s creativity. What was the cold attic, became the “sky suite” which was dramatically brightened by skylights and painted wide plank floors in Benjamin Moore’s “freshly cut grass” swatch.

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Create outdoor spaces that shine: Hannawa Falls home great example of life with nature

Peggy DeYoung

Summer is finally here. Whether it is along the shores of the St. Lawrence River or Lake Ontario, at a retreat in the woods or backyard in town, outdoor living is a necessity.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Northern New Yorkers spend as much time as possible outdoors. Today, many new products are designed for outdoor living, tolerating sun, wind and the elements.

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Victorian charm in Alexandria Bay: A quaint bed and breakfast with the classic touches of home

Peggy DeYoung

The Captain Visger House opened in June of 2007, providing Alexandria Bay with an upscale, intimate lodging and dining alternative. Today, the inn has three guest suites on the second floor as well as a gathering room. There is also a first floor suite that is handicapped accessible with common areas that include a parlor and dining room with breakfast nook.

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Design creatively with small spaces

Wellesley Island guest house proves bigger isn’t always better

Photo by Justin Sorensen

The Thousand islands is full of interesting homes- from small colorful Victorian cottages built on tent platforms to Gilded Age castles and even boathouses and houseboats. Many of these homes were built as seasonal summer camps and now many of the owners of these homes want a year round home with all of the amenities of a modern home. Sometimes, the structure can be altered to accommodate changing needs but often a new home replaces the old on the original land with careful attention to blend into the neighborhood and mimic the past.

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