We had an amazing summer working on this incredible renovation with one of our clients! This yard in Cooperstown is very large and was a blank slate, filled with potential. The clients had a very long wish list for their project, so several months of planning were involved to get the design ready for construction. This design project included a variety of initiatives, including site grading, patios, hot tub, fire pit, retaining walls, pool, cabana/guest house, fencing, driveway, and entry gates.

The existing house was a mix of modern and barn style and the setting was open rolling hill country. The client wished to create multiple outdoor living environments. This is a common theme we’ve seen lately: clients who love the location and interior of their existing home, but need an outdoor design project to truly make it their dream home.

Behind the main house we designed a raised bluestone patio with a dining area and a custom rectangular gas fire pit. This space also features a rustic dry stack stone retaining wall, planting beds and custom bluestone bar steps down to the lower hot tub patio.


The client also desired a separate pool and cabana that doubles as a guest house space. They wanted it to blend into the country setting, keeping the look cohesive with the scenery as a whole. We designed the pool & guest house so that from the street and from the house it appears to be a barn.


The site was graded so that the pool was set on the far side of this barn. As you turn the corner of the “barn” you are transported from a country scene to a modern resort-like experience. The pool is 16′ X 36′ gunite with an automatic cover, full-length submerged bench and full-length stairs at the shallow end. The cabana features a cathedral ceiling, plentiful natural light from tall windows, a living room, full kitchen, full bathroom, a loft sleeping area and a basement for utilities—all appointed in a rustic modern style.

Creating beautiful spaces our clients love is our passion! Are you interested in learning more about how we can help with your yard design project? Contact us today for more information.