My wife and I bought land in Connecticut’s Litchfield County and built our second home together.

The land sloped away to the southwest and was mostly second-growth trees. The land had been fields not that many years ago so we had no qualms cutting down the scrub tress creating a long-distant view to the southwest with the focal point of Ten Mile Hill several miles in the distance. We had lived for many years in Katonah/Bedford, New York, in Rivendell where we raised our two younger children, but wanted to build a new house. We included almost everything we wanted and created a place where our grown children would gather. Kent enjoys access to miles of hiking trails – including the Appalachian Trail which passes less than a mile west of the town center. There’s skiing within easy reach to the north. So unlike many people whose children are gone, we built a larger house than Rivendell and even included a pub in our basement.