To transform a farm in the Berkshires into a country retreat, a swimming pool was created on a steep slope to unite the house with the barn and the repurposed corncrib.
- The pool is the center of action uniting the guesthouse portion of the barn with the former corncrib. Its long & low portion is a screened dining room with a trestle table. The "tower" is now a screened sitting area.
- A giant stone slab serves as a fix diving platform. Tomatoes & corn thrive in the bed behind, which is safe from foraging wildlife thanks to the pool fence (out of view at the bottom of the slope).
- Looking out from the steps from the barn down to the pool, the view out to the woods and meadow is unimpeded by the fence, which is at the bottom of the far slope. That's the great room of the house at the center-right.
- A bank with a hidden retaining wall handles the steep slope between the pool and the meadow view to the right. The slope is big enough that the pool fence, placed at its foot, is completely out of view from the pool. Gro-Lo sumac is a bullet-proof and expansive groundcover.
- Terraced perennial beds handle the slope from the pool (hidden at the top) to the ground level of the great room of the house (out of view at the lower left). The rugged winters are great for perennials, which appreciate the deep snow as well as the long rest.
- The upper level of the barn is now a party space; antique cars are garaged below. The guest wing is at the back. A gold-leaved locust tree glows at the back of the bed, with a silver-leaved willow at the front.