Pleasant Valley Cottage

Hunterdon County, New Jersey

The square plan creates views to the valley, dairy barn, garden and orchard from each level

Hunterdon County, New Jersey

Completion Date

6,500 SF

Project Type
New Construction, Single-family Residence

Professional Credits
Interior Designer: Victoria Hagen

A casual weekend farm house

This weekend house – the third designed for an extended family on their country estate — replaced a white clapboard structure affectionately called the “cottage.” It sits at the top of a hill where it has commanding views of the valley’s farmland from all sides. Its large columnar front porch faces an adjacent dairy barn, which was previously converted to a residence for other family members.  The four second floor bedrooms occupy shed dormers each oriented to a different view of the property.    

Spacious, light-filled interiors

The house is square in plan and organized around a central stair and chimney. The first-floor spaces — living room, dining room, kitchen and sitting room – occupy a loft-like space with tall ceilings, divided only by built-in cabinetry.   A small library, accessed by a secret stair from the master bedroom, is located in a cupola with circular windows that offer views in each direction.  

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