Xanadu 1: Before

When the two-acre horse paddock adjacent to their country house of twenty-five years became available, summer residents who are up from Manhattan each year only from late May to frost snapped it up. No wonder! They had an arm’s-length wishlist of what needed to take place on their now-expanded property, including a pool, poolhouse/guesthouse, a garage, a studio, huge cutting & vegetable gardens, a garden shed, an orchard for tree-borne fruits as well as beds for “soft” fruits such as grapes & raspberries, plus perimeter privacy plantings.

It was soon clear that, far from placing everything in the central already-grassed area of the property, every bit of the site needed to be called into action. The result? An entire world of activity & enjoyment, fit together with lapidary precision.