A guesthouse is connected to the main residence through this tapered set of granite steps. The goal is to combine the language of Modernism with the rural landscape beyond.
Viewed from the other direction, the geometries of the orchard and treads adjust the visual distance between the two buildings.
Throughout this project what is seen and what is hidden is carefully choreographed. As you follow along the drive, gaps open in the tree line to reveal distant views, and the buildings appear to rotate.
The deck configuration conforms to the site-line and view.
Complementing the Modernist architecture, two varieties of grass defined by rigid geometrical beds, complete the entrance.
Where there once was a drive, three simple rows create a screen to busy Route 11.
A view worth the drive.
Dry laid ledge-stone retaining walls create the framework for the addition of a screened room, gardens, fire-pit, guesthouse, and hot tub. The plantings in the foreground border the entrance drive.
Radiant heat warms the parking area, melting the snow. As a result, guests can walk between the two buildings, snow removal is simplified, and the handset stonework can be appreciated year-round.
The stonework rests, as do the trees. And yet, also like the trees, the stonework seems alive.
The plantings in front of this entrance provide a footing for numerous client-sited sculptures.
This retaining wall is designed to complement the tiers of stacked logs beyond and support a kitchen garden.
This roadway was raised in elevation, and its alignment was adjusted with fill generated from a nearby project. The plantings on either side, work to stitch the new construction back into the native woodland.
An arbor, walls, plantings, a tub, and stone posts create a transition from the hayfield to the farmhouse.
A path and drip edge made of the same type of stone complement this enclosed porch with multiple exits.
A grid of blue-stone extends the house's interior out into the landscape. Detailed over time by the client, the geometries provide a structure for found objects and furnishings.