In Hudson, a glass house for a growing family

The construction of this pool house with amenities was completed in late 2018. The basic structure cost around $ 350,000, Mr Bearak said, which is exactly what the couple budgeted for. The pool, however, ended up costing over $ 200,000, far more than they expected. Besides the cost of the work on the site, a hot tub, the smart home system and the finishes, he said, they spent a total of around $ 1 million.

When the pandemic hit New York City in March, Mr Bearak and Mr Moore stayed in Manhattan with their children – they now have three daughters: Madison, 4, Lily, 2, and Margaux, 1 – in part because ‘they had rented their house on Airbnb.

“There was this really nice couple, and they were just supposed to stay there for a weekend,” Mr. Bearak said. The guests were expecting a baby, so he and Mr. Moore were reluctant to end the rental when they requested an extension. “They ended up staying two and a half months. (The couple are currently working with Mr. Bearak’s cabinet on their own home.)

As for Mr. Bearak and Mr. Moore, with a growing family, they already need more space. This spring, they plan to begin construction on the guesthouse, so they can accommodate overnight visitors, and the freestanding office, to work from home.

The plan is to take their time to complete a complex that will span many years. Construction of the main house, said Bearak, is “probably 15 to 20 years away.”

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