Couple Builds Beautiful Eco-Friendly Dream Home in Upstate New York

Couple Builds Beautiful Eco-Friendly Dream Home in Upstate New York

Two partners—in life and business—build a sustainable home on an unassuming plot in upstate New York.

In realizing their dream to build a country retreat in upstate New York, Sandy Chilewich and Joe Sultan—proprietors of the textiles firm Chilewich|Sultan—eschewed a mountainous view for an understated wooded plot. At 800 square feet, the flat-roofed home is a modest structure for the expansive 10-acre property | Above Photo by Nicholas Calcott

Upstate New York small sustainable retreat for Chilewich and Sultan living space with b&b italia sectional, flexform side chairs, and focus suspended fireplace

Situated near the south-facing facade, the main living space is furnished with a Michel sectional from B&B Italia, Feel Good side chairs by Flexform, and a suspended Ergofocus fireplace from Focus | Photo by Nicholas Calcott

Upstate New York small sustainable retreat for Chilewich and Sultan dining area with cappallini table, eames chairs, ingo mauer pendant, and chilewich floor coverings

In the dining area are a Gamma table by Cappellini, Eames molded plastic chairs, and a Flotation pendant by Ingo Maurer | Photo by Nicholas Calcott

Upstate New York small sustainable retreat for Chilewich and Sultan living area bedroom with murphy bed by resource furniture

Residing at the home mostly by themselves, Chilewich and Sultan also use the living area as a bedroom to maximize space. Though they rarely close it, they sleep on a Murphy bed from Resource Furniture, which frees up room when guests are over | Photo by Nicholas Calcott

Upstate New York small sustainable retreat for Chilewich and Sultan living area bedroom with murphy bed by resource furniture

When folded down, deep navy-blue cushions give the effect of a lush headboard. While the home does not yet have a proper master bedroom, the couple plans to create an addition sometime next year | Photo by Nicholas Calcott

Upstate New York small sustainable retreat for Chilewich and Sultan outdoor stone wall facade

Outside, Sultan added a stone wall to anchor and extend the structure into the landscape | Photo by Nicholas Calcott

Upstate New York small sustainable retreat for Chilewich and Sultan basement guest bedroom with rakks shelving, blu dot table, and sofa bed by abc carpet and home

Furnished with Rakks shelving, a Blu Dot table, and a sofa bed from ABC Carpet & Home, the floor also includes a spacious guest bedroom. A bright-yellow color accent, painted onto the wall in Benjamin Moore’s Sunburst, acts as a subtle, minimalist headboard | Photo by Nicholas Calcott

Upstate New York small sustainable retreat for Chilewich and Sultan basement

“We sleep in a Murphy bed, but we never close it; it’s like living in a loft.”—Sandy Chilewich, resident | Photo by Nicholas Calcott

Upstate New York small sustainable retreat for Chilewich and Sultan basement stairwell

A red print by Cris Gianakos accents a well-lit stairwell leading to a laundry area, library, and rec room on the full basement floor | Photo by Nicholas Calcott
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