Wilton, CT 2013
The sixteen acres of agrarian meadows envelop a historic homestead with mature sugar maple allee and fieldstone walls. Stimson developed the Master Plan for the property that includes a colonial farmhouse and barns with a new modern house and gardens for a growing family. Integrating the heritage of the old farm with modern uses was at the forefront of the design process. The owner’s love of landscape gardening and plants also inspired a large productive garden and perennial beds. The new main residence, pavilion, pool and gardens were carefully inserted into the context of existing fieldstone walls. The effect is a respectful juxtaposition of old-world and contemporary materials. Water fountains and sculpture meadows frame the gardens at each end. Pastoral views and walks weave throughout the site, through wetland, woodland and meadows that drape both sides of the property’s ridgeline.