The development of this site by two generations of a very close family with a long history in the Berkshires has spanned over a decade.
Design concept and solution: The initial project began when the family bought a 1791 beech timber barn frame at a nearby auction, and converted it into a 3,200-square-foot living space that takes advantage of the generous size and noble proportions of the frame, while incorporating the slope of the site and its distant views. The location chosen was a remote field out of sight and hearing from the family compound 1,700 yards away. The barn became a retreat for the founding generation—a quiet and serene space with abundant light and views, areas for entertaining, a master bedroom suite, and an indoor exercise pool. The barn is open and light-filled with durable materials and very discreet and efficient mechanical systems. The architect made good use of what was already onsite: stones from the fields were made into foundation walls and trees from the edge of the fields were milled into cabinets and furniture. Many specific site conditions were studied along with the arc of the sun and the shadows of the large mountain behind. The project is integrated into the community at many levels of environmental and historical sensitivity.