See this? It was a young tree the deer killed by eating all the bark. I came home and part of it had fallen near the front door. So I got out the chainsaw and cut the rest down….”
Greg Osby is surveying his domain, a modest parcel of wooded, hilly land a musket-ball’s toss from the Valley Forge National Historic Park west of Philadelphia. On this rustic setting sits the barn-red, two-story house that he is refurbishing. “It’s an upside-down California, meaning the sleeping rooms are on the bottom level and the entertainment and dining areas are on top,” Osby says. It’s all wood and glass and horizontal planes built around a stone chimney; it’s very ’70s.