New Stone Country House & Garden
This new 4,500 square foot stone country house is situated on a 45-acre piece of property in northern Dutchess County. The land is defined by three large farm fields, two of which ascend a steep hillside and offer dramatic views of the surrounding countryside. Our clients, a couple with grown children, have a passionate interest in late Georgian and early Regency houses in England, which has guided the firm’s design of the project, seeking to balance the formality of the English precedent with the relaxed character appropriate to a weekend house in the rural Hudson Valley. Classical elements in the design will be complimented by a less formal, regional fieldstone to be used to clad the exterior.
We continue in this project a long-standing collaboration with the landscape designer Deborah Nevins, who is transforming the property’s lower fields into a more park-like setting, inspired by the 18th-century landscapes of Capability Brown. In addition, she is creating a series of more formal garden rooms immediately surrounding the house to give it a sense of place within this bucolic setting. New York-based interior designer Thomas Jayne is advising on the interior decoration of the new house, and completion is expected at the end of 2015.