The new owners envisioned transforming this historic farm into a family retreat with ample open space and privacy to accommodate their active and child-oriented lifestyle. This was achieved by extending the living space to the open air— creating outdoor rooms that where private and intimate for daily use, but could be also easily convert to beautiful environment for entertaining.
Perched atop a hilly roadside, this site is wrapped in gracious curved fieldstone walls, steps and landings, giving a natural setting for the native plant material. The draping drifts of nepeta, roses and pennisetum set off a specimen weeping cherry. A railing design was created to set off a dramatic entrance. The rear garden has natural stone steps on center with the family room, leading to the upper lawn. Circulation between the great room addition and screen porch were carefully considered in the design of the terrace.
The old sledding hill in the back yard was great for the kids when they were young, but, this treacherous slope needed to be transformed into a garden with an upper lawn and play area with a beautiful set of stone steps to transition to the lower entertaining garden. The staircase is flanked with crepe myrtle trees and has a mid level landing with a small focal point of the special antique bird bath.
The primary purpose of this project was to solve access issues caused by the stream that passes just in front of the residence’s main entrance. We replaced the existing wood bridge with a more beautiful stone bridge and simultaneously saved two historic tulip trees. We also converted a swampy area fed by two natural springs in front of the house into a lushly-planted and beautiful pond. A vehicular turnaround and new carport allow for ample access by car, yet maintain the 19th century farm house appeal. Our philosophy was to follow all necessary guidelines with a unique twist, designing the environmental elements with a creative approach. The design intent was to create a farm house feel for everyday living.