During extensive renovations of 5 West Street in 2016-2017, the infrastructure of the entire historic dwelling was brought up to contemporary, energy-efficient standards, including plumbing, electricity, and HVAC systems. All first-floor rooms now enjoy a robust central heating and cooling system. On the second floor, every guest suite incorporates an individually controlled heating and cooling ductless system, as does the big lounge on the third floor. In addition, second-floor bathrooms are now equipped with individually controlled, energy-efficient, supplemental heating units.
Special attention has been given to total environmental systems that allow guests to benefit from the great outdoors: all window are new and really open, and a ceiling fan has been incorporated in all guest suites and many common areas. The property also boasts a whole-house fan that refreshes the entire dwelling with Hudson Valley fresh air, whenever seasonal conditions permit. Inside, adjustable window blinds now welcome or block light depending on the time of day and guest preferences. Outdoors, large sun umbrellas and retractable awnings have been added to shade guests from strong sunlight during the more intense days of summer and fall.
In the living room and dining room, the original coal-burning, cast-iron fireplaces of the 1870 house have been updated to contemporary fire safety standards. Each historic fireplace now incorporates an electrical insert with digital display that replicates the aura of coal-burning fires of yore. Insert controls allow guests to sit by the fireplaces and enjoy the digital magic of glowing ambers and warming breezes on a snowy winter morning or chilly fall afternoon.