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Urban, Loft-Like Wonder in Rural Shohola, Penn.

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What do you get when you take the wooded quietude of Shohola, Penn., a retired army captain seeking solace from NYC and two intersecting rectangular volumes? Quite simply: this, an urban loft set on a steep site above the Delaware River. The house, designed by NYC-based Bromley Caldari Architects, has a total of 2,000 square feet on the main floor and second-floor loft. Principal Jerry Caldari offered up the run sheet of the many, many cool features, which include: views of the river, an open floor plan, built-in bookshelves, radiant-heated polished-concrete floors, a sleeping loft, a master bath with views of the forest, an energy-saving planted roof; walls clad in pre-finished maple plywood; and wood-and-steel exterior framing. Not to mention, of course, a certain unquantifiable sense of light, air and spaciousness that may be just the key to putting Shohola (60 miles due east of Scranton with nary an cosmopolitan center near) on the radar. Browse the photos, shot by Christopher Weil, above.

· Bromley Caldari Architects