Xanadu — Befores
When the adjacent two-acre horse paddock became available, summer residents up from Manhattan to the country from late May to frost snapped it up. No wonder! They had an arm-length wishlist of what needed to take place there, including a poolhouse/guesthouse, a pool, an additional garage, a studio, huge cutting & vegetable gardens, an additional garden shed, an orchard for tree-borne fruits as well as beds for “soft” fruits such as grapes & raspberries, & perimeter privacy plantings.
It was soon clear that, far from placing everything in the already-grassed paddock, every bit of the entire site must be called to action. The result? An entire world of activities & enjoyment, fit together with lapidary precision.
- Looking across the former paddock to the road. At the far-right, the vegetable garden. Large by any normal standards, it is a fraction the size of the one to come.
- Looking to the adjacent working farm (with horses), whose property used to contain this paddock. As with the trees at the left, all of the perimeter trees in the distance needed to be removed to accommodate the long list of amenities to come.
- Looking from the former paddock up to the house (since completely rebuilt). Demands of the desired program meant that all of these perimeter trees were removed.
- The plan for the now-cleared two acres, using every inch of available space. At the upper left (nearest the working farm in the previous pictures), the poolhouse, new garage, driveway, & parking. In the center, the pool & its surrounding terraces. At the left of the pool, the caged "berry folly" for soft fruits. Below it, the cutting garden. Below the pool, a lawn, & below it, the vast new vegetable garden. At the extreme left, the orchard. At the bottom, privacy screening for the road. At the top, enormous beds of shrubbery & ornamental trees, through which paths lead up to the main house. Below the poolhouse, a huge pink-friendly garden; the other areas are yellow-friendly.