Essex, Mass.

This Colonial Revival-style house is located on a 12-acre parcel that is as central to the overall design statement as the structure itself. Upon entering the site, callers ascend roughly 10 feet before passing through an existing fieldstone wall. At the end of a long, meandering S-shaped drive, the residence is situated in a natural clearing that overlooks a series of fields once populated by grazing cattle. The house embraces its pastoral setting, virtually bringing the outside in by means of a simple interior plan that features dramatic living-room, dining-room, kitchen and great-room spaces with 26-foot ceilings that mimic the open outdoors. Windows in the great room are 12 feet high, leaving no doubt as to the close rapport between the interior and exterior living experiences.