When Janice Parker Landscape Architects arrived at this Connecticut site, they found the remains of what used to be a farm, with the bones of a house, barns, fields, woodlands and a fruit orchard. The architects were taken by the lovely piece of land and its countryside history, so created the wood-clad Modern Barn House as an homage to the property’s past life. They also incorporated the apple orchard and redesigned the landscape to include a large patio and infinity pool.
In order to deliver an authentically designed landscape, Parker told us that firstly, they studied the local landscape and researched the history of the county. The road, a historic travel route, was originally lined with old and declining sugar maples, which the architects celebrated by planting new rows of the same specie placed the traditional 35 feet apart. Herbs and annual plants where placed inside corten steel planters hidden in corners so as not to obstruct the grassy view from the house.
An old split rail fence that divided the property up into small sections was removed and paths were mowed through the newly joined fields. A former pond at the lower point of the land was dredged and replanted, and low bushes were added along the road and the front of the old house for privacy.
Starting a new fruit orchard was a was to pay respect to the historic farmers’ shaping of the land. Here, the firm used grids and geometry, as well as some graceful arches.
See more blooming designs by Janice Parker at her website, here.
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All photos courtesy of Janice Parker Landscape Architects