After using a picturesque set of barns as a summer house for many years, the owners decided to build an energy-efficient, winterized home. Located on the footprint of the former chicken coop, the new, three-bedroom house complements a 19th century barn to define a sheltered, south-facing courtyard garden. Leading to the new pond, paths and stone walls gracefully negotiate the changing grade around the house. The rooms were shaped to reflect the owners’ desire for intimate spaces with flexible functions and strong connections to the landscape. Careful detailing with low maintenance materials on the exterior and the use of exposed framing, tinted plaster and salvaged building materials on the interior create a strong sense of place.