From a simple 1780s, single deep room farmhouse, a country estate grew. The house matured throughout the next 200+ years, adapting to its landscape rather than fighting against it. This house sits at the bottom of a valley in the crux of the city’s largest forest sanctuary and watershed. Each addition of the building steps down the steep landscape like a waterfall. Water is a prominent feature of this property as noted by the babbling brook from the Springhouse leading to a large pond at the properties base. In addition, a natural spring runs beneath the house’s center and emerges on the other side in a renovated picturesque springhouse. A grass-covered stone walking bridge opens each side of the pond for long strolls around the property.
Transforming this property into the 21st century was a primary goal of the clients. The house was completely gutted to incorporate all modern technological conveniences and amenities, including adaptive and remote lighting, temperature and security controls. Interior spaces were modernized and reorganized to accommodate the owner’s lifestyle and entertaining requirements. A new overall site plan was implemented to allow for sweeping views of the upper portion of the property upon arrival as well as long vistas into the rear yard from nearly all the living spaces.