Cultivating Resilience through Work That Reconnects

Posted on Feb 15, 2024

March 5th – April 16th, 2024Visit Event Page Please join me for this workshop series! This is the fourth time I am offering this workshop here in Cold Spring, NY. It is hard to describe the value of having a chance to connect once a week with other people who are also carving out space […]

The Work That Reconnects, Hudson Valley, NY: Healing Burnout

Posted on Sep 20, 2023

Full Day Workshop facilitated by Lydia Violet Hartoonian assisted by Erin Muir, Sunday October 29th 9:30-6:00 at Mullet Hall our homeplace in Cold Spring, NY

Finished attic insulation and home electrification

Posted on May 4, 2023
Finished attic insulation and home electrification

Brought on in the role of architect to thoughtfully finish an attic in a 1950s Village home, TFG Studio focused on a simple and efficient approach. Working with a tight budget pushed us to find efficiency and value where needed. Our main project objective was to use existing conditions in an efficient manner, both as […]

Climate goals set (and met)

Posted on Oct 18, 2022

About one year ago, as part of the Philipstown Fights Dirty campaign, which is a project of Climate Smart Philipstown and the Ecological Citizens Project, The Figure Ground Studio set a series of goals, both public and private, to address our professional commitment to the goal of reducing local greenhouse gas emissions both on an […]

Nelsonville Remodel/Addition Nearing Completion

Posted on Sep 30, 2022

A historically appropriate and site sensitive addition in Nelsonville,NY is shepherding a neglected home into a new century with modern touches and classic geometries. Features, appliances, and materials were reused when possible, and modern fuel-efficient heat pumps replaced an aging oil boiler. An out-of-scale third floor addition was tamed with a two-story oblique structural addition, […]

Wildflower Meadow, Year 3

Posted on Sep 22, 2022

As Summer comes to an end and Autumn approaches, the wildflower meadow we seeded in 2019 has begun to mature. The late Summer Asters are showing their brilliant blues and purples. Traces of yellow remain, and seedheads are beginning to prominently signal the coming change of season.

A baker’s dozen eggs (finally!) from the coop

Posted on Sep 16, 2022

It has been a few years tweaking and adjusting the functioning of the modern chicken coop, but we finally – today, two years later – got a full round of eggs from our twelve chickens. A full 13 – a baker’s dozen.

Modern High-Performance Chicken Coop under construction

Posted on Aug 14, 2020

As the world shut down in late Spring 2020, we turned our attention to creating a modern high-performance chicken coop. I used site-collected black locust posts as the foundation, conventionally framed superstructure using advanced-framing techniques (2′ on center with door/window openings defined by framing module), and passive-style air sealing techniques at floor, sill, walls, windows, […]

North Miller Passive Multifamily in Newburgh

Posted on Jun 26, 2020

Michael Robinson of Urban Myth Construction held a grand opening ceremony for the North Miller Passive Multifamily project, a pioneering low-income project in the City of Newburgh. The Figure Ground Studio provided architectural services, with John Loercher of NE Projects taking the major technical and design lead. This was a monumental undertaking for Urban Myth […]

Mullet Hall – We Seeded A Native Meadow!

Posted on Jul 8, 2019
Mullet Hall – We Seeded A Native Meadow!

We seeded a meadow!!! We had to clear a larger area than we otherwise would have in order to accommodate our septic system, so we decided to re-vegetate the 7000 square foot bare ground with a native grass and wildflower meadow. We are excited to see how it all grows. This year it won’t look […]