Baer Retreat
The Baer retreat is a restful oasis from city life. It consists of three cabins that are blessed with the sound of the river year-round, and a spectacular grove of sycamore trees. As the buildings are being constructed, care has been given to preserving the landscape and bringing it into the life of the houses. Conceptually the river is reflected in the finishes in the house in river stone and native slate. Salvage wood from the area is reused in the cabinetry, doors and windows. This writer’s retreat was developed from three existing farmhouses and a new LEED certified multi-purpose building. The interior strategies develop daylighting details, take advantage of green building products, and create elegant detailing of salvaged woods from this vigorous farm community. A complete habitat restoration converts existing lawns and invasive plantings into native landscape. Care is given to preserving the landscape and bringing it into the life of the houses. The river is reflected conceptually in flow and interior finishes including the use of river stone and native slate. Native cliff plants adorn the multi-purpose building as a living wall.