In the indelible opening scenes of The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews twirls and sings in an Alpine meadow with spectacular 360-degree views. The home that interior designer Susan Ferrier created for her clients in Charlottesville, Virginia, may be sited at a lower altitude, but the location is no less remarkable for its unrestricted vistas and abundant natural daylight.
“I feel as though the earth rumbled, this house came up out of it, and we had to rise up to meet it,” says Ferrier, from her Atlanta office and studio.
The parcel—a piece of land historically used as a dairy farm—was a rare find that its owners purchased while looking for a beach property. As Ferrier recalls, her clients were convinced that this property would grant them the kind of serenity one looks for and can find at the beach. She and they then set about restoring the farm’s many outbuildings, including the original farmhouse, while deciding on the site for their new home. “I often work on homes with a limited footprint,” says Ferrier, “but this was an opportunity where the owners had the luxury to create any kind of footprint they wanted.”
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY SUSAN FERRIER
ARCHITECTURE BY MCALPINE
PRODUCED BY LESLIE NEWSOM RASCOE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER VITALE
WRITTEN BY EDWARD MCCANN
This story appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of MILIEU.