The owners of "Camp Brown" on the Westport River wanted a three-season family retreat sans the leaking and dilapidated pool. Cunningham designed a modern pool garden with marsh views, river sunsets, and an energy-efficient pool.
He also added a new parking area with room for guests' vehicles, new walkways and terraces, and mostly native plants, including bayberry and beach plums, that can withstand the salt and ocean exposure.
A well-known writer hired well-known NYC architects to design a true retreat in the Berkshires with fabulous views of the Hudson Valley. High and isolated, Cunningham aimed to ground the residence to its surroundings.
He added stone paths hand-tucked with moss that meander through the woodland, a "floating" stone staircase that bridges home and garden, a crib for firewood at the main entrance, and a hammock for relaxation and reading.
Out in the woods, there's even a cedar sauna. New plantings of native birch, mountain laurel, fothergilla and bayberry were strategically placed to frame views on the property and off in the distance.
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