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Legacy Farm

Legacy Farm

Bringing a historical farm cabin up to date so that it will live on for generations to come.

Recently on my blog, I shared with you my article, What is a Landscape Designer and 6 Reasons to Hire One. In the article I explained how important it is to have “good bones” for your property and how the right level of investment into your landscape can help your home function well for decades to come. While we employ this mentality in every one of our projects, the one I want to share with you today centers the entire home and property around this idea. I recently had the opportunity to work with a valued client on their home outside of Gray, Georgia. Our client came to us wanting to create what they call a “legacy farm”. Their plans are to leave the farm and property to their children and so are making an investment for years to come. Both the home and its surrounding acreage have undergone lots of work for this family to enjoy the land for generations.

This project’s roots go all the way back to the 1800’s on a working farm in Virginia. Our client purchased an old two-story cabin that had been moved from Virginia to Macon many years ago. After disassembling, our client moved the two room structure to his property in Gray. At the beginning of the project, the cabin wasn’t more than 2 large rooms, one on top of the other. The goal has been to maintain the historical integrity of the cabin while updating it with more modern conveniences, like bathrooms and a kitchen! A great friend of mine, Andrea Proctor, was a part of the project from almost the beginning, with her business, Couture Interior Designs.

Andrea has been instrumental in curating the interior of the home and shared with us some of the changes that have been made to the centuries old structure.

“When it was reassembled, the 2nd floor was removed and the original floor joist were moved up to the new vaulted roofline where they became decorative beams in the grand room with a 2-story vaulted ceiling. A large masonry fireplace was built to anchor room. The original window and door openings were maintained and fit with new Pella windows/doors. “The old cabin” is the heart of the house with a large seating area around the fireplace and a large dining area with French doors opening into the wrap around porch. A large cased opening was cut into the side wall of the old cabin leading to “the addition” which consists of the kitchen, laundry, mud room, bathrooms, bedrooms, media room, wine room, and wet bar. Materials & design elements throughout the old cabin & the addition were thoughtfully planned to blend the old & the new seamlessly! There is no Sheetrock as it would not have been used at the time the original cabin was built. We chose a plaster treatment for the walls in the addition, that mirror the color & texture of the chinking between the logs in the old cabin. Ceilings throughout both the old cabin & addition are cedar tongue & groove planks, and floors are wide plank reclaimed heart pine. Reclaimed bricks were used in place of tile on the mudroom floor & kitchen backsplash. All custom cabinetry is made of pecky-cypress. The kitchen cabinets were painted to give a modern twist to a traditionally rustic material. The kitchen island is caped with a honed stone too that “waterfalls” off each end giving it a sleek silhouette. Classic furnishings are paired with sleek materials like lucite & leather creating a sharp contrast between the rustic elements of the architecture and the clean lines of the furnishings to create a timeless aesthetic.”

Doesn’t it just sound lovely? Andrea and her team are working tirelessly to ensure that this family will spend years in a space that fully embodies their ideals and tastes.

On the exterior of the home, we have already completed Phase 1 and still have Phases 2 and 3 to go! One of our first projects was to redirect a substantial amount of water from the main access areas. Proper drainage is so important! Without it, any future work would not be able to proceed smoothly. As you might know, dove season opened recently here in Georgia, and our client and his family love to hunt! The sunflower field that you see in the photo at the top of the article was curated for their hunting seasons and to have a stunning presence year-round. With family and friends visiting the residence, parking and accessibility was a key priority. We designed and installed two motor courts with 360 degree access throughout the property. Both the parking and pathways allow for the cars, trucks, and of course ATVs to navigate smoothly. The motor courts are lined with one of my favorites, boxwoods, and we also planted grasses and tea olives to complete the look.

We still have so much to do in upcoming phases but are so excited with the progress so far. When we have the opportunity to work with clients on passion projects like this legacy farm. When our clients embody the philosophies that we strive to work by every day, it allows us to work together to create something great! I cannot wait to share with you the future additions to this family home.