Cork cladding keeps rural house cosy

American architect Nathan Dalesio used the eco-friendly material on his own home

By Alice Westgate | 24 February 2022

Self-builders are often keen to embrace innovation when it comes to sustainability. Constructing a home can present an ideal opportunity to ensure the building is airtight, optimally insulated and to install renewable energy systems such as a ground source heat pump or solar panels. Discover why American architect Nathan Dalesio of Multitude Studio chose cork cladding for the exterior of his family home in Lower Hudson Valley, USA.

Tell us about your home

It’s in the quiet rural suburb of South Salem, New York State, surrounded by green space and near a lake. I live here with my wife Allison Terlizzi and our sons, Rowan, four, and Wells, two. I suppose we are living the country dream. New York City is 80 minutes away by train.

Why did you buy the house?

The agent apologised for showing us a property built in 1937 that had been empty for three years and was damp and mouldy, with a rotten roof. Nobody else wanted to touch it, but it was exactly the kind of project we had been looking for.

Cork cladding self-build home in New York

Photo: Nathan Dalesio