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.”