The Country House is located 3/4 of a mile up a dirt road that isn’t even 1.5 cars wide. Once you pass the lovely fruit farm, your GPS announces “You’ve Arrived!” At this point you are surrounded with a canopy of huge trees and the road is sloping downhill a bit. It’s intense enough to think you’re going into a tunnel – and that just perhaps you should consider turning back since there isn’t (and hasn’t) been a house in sight since you turned off the main road.
Don’t distress! As quickly as the road slopes down, it pops back up again. The sky opens up and you see the first glimpse of our property. We are one of three houses on our road. Ours is the first house you come upon. Off to the right of our yard, The Little Red House sits right along the fence line. (This little red house is our TV room. That’s right, for the last five years we have trekked into the back yard every time we want to watch TV!) Insanity, I know. Especially when there is 108in of snow between you and your movie-watching…To the left of the main house we have the barn and the red shed. The barn is our multi-function space. It includes closet storage, (do you remember when we bought the country house there was only 1 closet –that was less than 3ft wide– on the entire property?!) a work out room, an extra refrigerator and freezer and an office area. Upstairs we have storage for holiday decorations, our deep fryer, storm windows and suitcases. I think it would be the coolest to convert this barn to a sleeping loft and guest house – but only if you build another building on the property for storage.
We did practically all the landscaping you see in these images from the field stone and blue stone walk ways to the house, the pea stone patio that runs the length of the back of the main house, the outdoor shower surround, the perennial garden in it’s current state (in the front yard) and the blue stone patio in front of the barn. One of my favorite elements we used is the antique curbing that surrounds the patios. From day one when it was installed, it felt like it had always been this way.
All the big trees in our yard sit far enough away from the main house that they wouldn’t do damage if they fell. They offer a canopy of shade, but leave the mostly flat yard with an open feeling. The element that ‘sold the house’ for me was the reclaimed wood wisteria covered arbor that sits squarely in line with the kitchen and dining room. I have had a few breezy, sun-shaded afternoons sipping rosé out there – but in my opinion we don’t sit there nearly enough! I do love seeing it from inside the house though – especially in the Winter when it is heavy with snow or glowing with twinkling Christmas lights.
Off to the far left of the property is a big, open field – you know – it is where I dreamed about installing a bocce ball court. I also always had the vision of building another larger party barn/garage/storage facility into hillside with a pool behind it, but I suppose we’ll leave that project to the new buyers.
It’s homestead of sorts, a collection of small buildings that are a part of a larger piece of land.