This hobbyist farm is located in historic Sudbury, Massachusetts. The original house, built in 1911, was meticulously renovated and the addition was designed by Patrick Ahern to keep loosely within the period of the original house. The design intent of the building is echoed on the grounds by pairing restoration of existing landscape elements with enhancements that parallel the interests of the homeowners. A very active family, the homeowners wanted to provide as many opportunities for their household to entertain as well as connect with the land in a more meaningful way. An expansive pool patio off the main living space, constructed using all reclaimed materials, offers a multitude of seating opportunities from lounge, dining, custom fire table and is accented by the hand-built pool house and pergola. The living room patio is accented by a formal cutting garden, custom wood burning fire pit, and a crumbly freestanding wall, constructed with stone found on site.
The restored sunken garden features a new soapstone fountain and a planting palette curated for continuous seasonal interest and screen planting along the road for greater privacy. The adjacent greenhouse, constructed to match the character of the pool house, serves as a central feature to a fenced-in garden area with raised beds, compost piles, and chicken coop.
The gravel tracks from the motor court stretch across the property, passing through an orchard of apples, pears, and peaches, culminating in a hand-built pine barn with a light shou sugi ban finish. The boundary of the property is scribed by gradients of grassland, flowering meadow, and an enhanced woodland layer against the forested backdrop, blending to create a more manicured natural landscape.