The spectacular country setting had a strong influence on the design. It was a magical site, backing onto woodlands with two existing ponds in front, complete with resident swans. Initially, conceived as a two-story stone French country house, the program could be accommodated instead in a French cottage style, with one full story and a second floor in the roof with gables.
The saving in volume allowed the client to indulge in a high level of detail and quality finishing, with custom stone construction, a cedar shake roof, and French doors throughout. Elegant dormers in a steeply pitched, curved roof with wide eaves give the house a commanding presence.
In collaboration with Montchanin Design Group