tion, but it never forgot to be charming. As it rises from the land, it has
the air and surety of a home that has been venerated for generations.
Gleysteen and his clients, an entrepreneurial couple with three
children ages 9 to 15, agreed on the same historic ideal for their inspiration, “Bonniecrest,” as the Stuart Duncan House is fondly named.
History aside, this project is in a class by itself, with its 9,000-square-
foot stone-and-shingle main house, plus three outbuildings that offer
a menu of amenities. The double-story porte-cochere, which acts as
a bridge linking the house with its separate three-car garage, includes
a second-floor exercise room and children’s art studio. The fanciful
barn out back holds a studio where one of the owners, a maker of fine
jewelry, can work. The pool house acts as an entertainment center and
two-bedroom guest quarters.
It took a cohesive plan to achieve such striking results. “
Building a beautiful, exciting house is a journey that requires infinite
creativity and discipline,” says Gleysteen. “We needed flawless cooperation between an utterly collaborative team of designers, builders,
artisans, and, most important, the clients right from the start. During the six or more months of planning sessions, we got to know each
other very well.”