Designed as a weekend lodge for a Manhattan family, the stone house sits on top of a hill overlooking the Hudson River. The site is one hour from New York City and offers a traditional retreat from the city. To meet the programmatic requirements of a modern family, the house includes a full basement with a wine cellar, two main floors and a useable attic. To reduce its bulk, the house was designed to look like a traditional building that was added on through time. The interior includes a fireplace in all the major rooms, hidden connecting passages and an elevator.