For two-plus years now, we've lived in the main house, with renters in the carriage house. This summer, our 10th as the farm's owners, will be devoted to the yard, my landscape-designer wife's specialty, with heavy lifting by me. I'm building retaining walls, and there's a lawn to green up, shrubs to plant, and a patio to finish.
Every time we walk outside, we can't believe what a perfect property we found. A decade of work, yes—but we'd do it all over again.