I am a residential architect practicing in Westchester County, New York, forty miles north of Manhattan. In 1999, my wife (also an architect) and I launched the residential architecture firm, Fivecat Studio.

Houses are our passion. Almost every weekend (when we’re not working on our own cottage in the woods of Chappaqua), we load the kids and dogs into the car and take a ride through the back roads of Westchester County looking for great houses. When we go on vacation, we look for great houses. When we eat dinner, we discuss great houses. When we sleep, we dream of great houses. When we work, we strive to design great houses. It’s what we do. It’s what we are. We are residential architects… and we love great houses.

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Mark R. LePage, AIA, LEED AP is Partner in Charge of Operations at Fivecat Studio; a design firm dedicated to the creation of fine residential architecture for clients throughout Westchester County (NY), Fairfield County (CT) and the lower Hudson River Valley.

Learn more about Mark and Fivecat Studio at fivecat.com, on facebook, Twitter or at his Squidoo lens about Residential Architecture and Design.

15 Responses to “Forty Miles North of Manhattan”


  1. 1 keith kelly March 17, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    Just thought I’d let you know I enjoy reading your blog here in NC. I am getting ready to open a new neighborhood in south charlotte. It will be entirely energy star compliant and I enjoy reading you references to green building products, which is something else I am looking to do next. Hope anne marie is doing well as well as the kids.

  2. 2 Kathe June 12, 2007 at 8:16 am

    Hi Mark,

    I am in the midst of renovating my house in Chappaqua, we look to be neighbors! Given our trips to Europe, we fell in love with the European architecture. We’ve just obtained four (yes, we have four :-) European Chimney pots from the UK to put on top of the roof. We’re struggling with the chimney design and a good mason which has led me to my search. I was excited to see someone else who loves the beauty of Chimney Pots! We’ve also put in the tilt and turn windows which we also fell in love with while in Europe. If you’d like to hear more, feel free to email me!

  3. 3 Mark LePage June 12, 2007 at 9:33 am

    Kathe:

    Please share more. I am sure my readers would love to hear and see what you are doing with your Chappaqua renovation.

  4. 4 josh July 5, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    Mark,
    I’m a young architect who lives in westchester county and commutes to nyc. I enjoy and look forward to your posts on the topics of this expansive profession. Thanks.

  5. 5 robert September 5, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    this is for Kathy, where did you buy those tilt- and turn windows?

    Thanks
    Robert

  6. 6 Mark September 5, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    Robert:

    Duratherm, Fenestra, Zeluck and Tischler all offer high-end European tilt and turn windows.

    Pricey though…

    Mark

  7. 7 Bev November 7, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    My husband and I have lived in Europe and really want tilt and turn windows. We’re building a house this year and our builder had never heard of them, so we’re looking for a source. Your note “pricey though..” is of interest to me as we are approaching retirement. How do you feel the price compares with conventional windows (we haven’t built before and don’t know yet what windows cost)? Would you be able to estimate in a percentage?
    Thanks.

  8. 8 Mark November 8, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    Bev:

    Kolbe Windows offers a tilt and turn window at part of their Magnum Series. Kolbe Windows are competitive with Marvin Windows at the lower high-end of the residential window market. I recommend contacting your local rep for Kolbe windows to request costs.

    The “pricey” windows I referred to are Tischler and Zeluck, both top of the line custom window companies.

    http://www.kolbe-kolbe.com
    http://www.tischlerwindows.com
    http://www.zeluck.com

  9. 9 doorman941 December 29, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    hi, thats great, thats your all loved the European windows. I startet my Tilt and Turn Production in USA, and the People is happy whit this Product. No import, this save a lot of Money. i have a Salescontact in New York. or Question call my or send a Mail.
    To see my Website

    All your Peopele a good New Year

  10. 10 Carrie February 15, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Mark,
    I live in Westchester and am on the hunt for a company who can measure and install block glass windows. Do you have any local suggestions?
    Thanks.

  11. 11 Mark R. LePage, AIA April 4, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Carrie:

    I do not know of any companies that specialize in glass block, but any good brick mason should be qualified to perform the task you request.

    Good luck with your project.

    Mark

  12. 12 NW Home July 28, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Hi, I jus t found your blog and I wanted to let you know about mine. I cover real estate and living in northern Westchester. The site features homes for sale and lists events, activities, and hot spots in the area. Check it out: http://www.northernwestchesterhome.blogspot.com

  13. 13 Justin November 22, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Mark,
    I too live in Chappaqua and have enjoyed reading your blog. I work for James Hardie Building Products and appreciate some of your insights—if you ever have any specific quesitons or need updates on our newest products-don’t hesitate to give me a ring.
    Justin

  14. 14 Mark R. LePage, AIA, LEED AP December 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Justin:

    Thanks for the comment and your offer. We are big fans of Hardie products. Anything new coming down the road?

  15. 15 Earle October 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I do consider all the ideas you have introduced for your post.
    They are very convincing and can certainly work.

    Still, the posts are too quick for novices. Could you please
    lengthen them a little from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.


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