Launch Slideshow

field's edge

field's edge

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    Ken Gutmaker

    The architects interwove evocative imagery from existing local barns and farmhouses, such as deep front porches, crisp clapboard siding, and old-fashioned metal roof ventilators.

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    Ken Gutmaker

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    Ken Gutmaker

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    The home’s combination of the living room, dining room, and kitchen into one central space falls in line with modern tastes.

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    Ken Gutmaker

    So does its strong emphasis on outdoor living spaces.

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    Burr and McCallum Architects

    Plan of barn's first floor (left) and second floor

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    Ken Gutmaker

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    Burr and McCallum Architects

    Second floor plan (main house)

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    Burr and McCallum Architects

    First floor plan (main house)

When it comes to architectural richness, not many places can top the Berkshire Mountain region in western Massachusetts. The area boasts great depth in its collection of 18th- and 19th-century farmhouses and agricultural buildings, in addition to some well-preserved Shaker-built structures. Architect Andy Burr, FAIA, drew from all three traditions when designing this modern-day farmhouse in Alford, Mass. “We don't want to be slavishly traditional, but a lot of clients come to us and want something that fits in with the vernacular of the area,” he says. “We try to get a little inventive while still using that local language.”