The pastoral beauty of the site and views to Faulkner’s Island suggested the home present itself modestly in scale from the streetscape. We conceived the new 3500 square foot residence as a cottage whose modest entry belied the expansive views and light filled interior.
A 4500 sf year round home in a prestigious and charming shoreline neighborhood of Madison, Connecticut. The design presents the graceful lines, materials and details of a classic 1900’s shoreline retreat, while inside waits a near zero energy home that employs revolutionary conservation techniques and systems. When building science and shoreline aesthetic are gracefully married into this home, the result is an authentic coastal homestead that will be enjoyed for generations.
Reconstructing this charming seaside cottage for an avid sailor had us incorporating the efficiency of modern solar and geothermal systems, flexibility of floor plans, expansiveness of shoreline views and joy of shoreline living.
Sited beside a meandering tidal river, this home reclines gracefully along the hillside tucked amongst the tree line with views out toward the river and salt marsh. The overall tone is one of understated elegance, nothing is overdone yet there are many thoughtful details that complement the daily routines of the family.
This rocky coastline opens to the beauty and forces of Long Island Sound in CT, which drew in our clients. Hurricane Irene flooded the existing cottage and their thoughts of renovating it. After some consideration of options they decided that they would build new. It was very challenging to site the house and guest house, with many zoning and FEMA constraints, but in doing so we looked to optimize the orientations for views.
Built for a client with an interest in farming, this new house and barn buildings in Bantam, CT combine energy efficiency with a clean and simple design. The location of the main spaces within the house capture the hillside views and connect directly to the exterior living spaces.
Designed as a second home for a family living in California, it was important for the home to capture the beauty of the surrounding woods of the site. The integration of outdoor and indoor living spaces was a crucial element to the project. The home consists of two main volumes that are splayed away from one another and connected by the main living space. The singular pitch of the roofs are tallest at the ends to capture the views, bring in light and connect to the decks overlooking the woods. The more private spaces are tucked into the lower end of the volumes. Doug fir ceilings that run through to the exterior, emphasis the elegant roof shape and provide warmth to the home. The home is cherished by the family who look forward to enjoying its connection with the surrounding woods for many years to come.
The complete renovation of a late 60’s contemporary on a fantastic lot in the heart of historic Guilford, CT. A modern material pallet, energy improvements and strategic additions work to enhance the strong lines and design concepts of the existing house to accommodate the needs of a young family.
HOBI award winner for the Best New Haven County Residential Remodel 2012. Home building industry award from Home Builders & Remodelers Association of CT, Inc. honoring Celebration Development Group.
Looking for a way to enjoy the great outdoors with a minimal environmental impact, we decided to try a minimal building footprint. This Tiny House is our second home and we poured our creativity and energy conscious goals into making it suit our needs and style. The design was driven with the concept that it could adapt to be run off the grid. We designed the butterfly roof to catch rain water, with one side to receive solar panels.
The renovation of this living space and kitchen features a warm, clean, modern take on open space. Enjoying the views through to the outside is complimented by the addition of a tree house, which was built for children but delights everyone.
The Alvah Kelsey home was built in 1841 and includes a 3,500 sq. ft. main house and over 2,500 sq. ft. of stately barns and outbuildings sited on over 2 acres of lovely yards and gardens. Our clients were interested in renovating the main house and creating a separate home in a portion of the barns to accommodate their multi-generational family.
Part of the Alvah Kelsey estate, a portion of this large barn complex has been renovated into a comfortable home which incorporates the charm and beauty of the old barn.
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Our clients had been steeped in rich architectural diversity in their lives and determined their style to be a distilled functionality with elements of Craftsman, mid-century California, and New England design. They were both energized by the light and views and wanted to incorporate them into their main living spaces and home offices. Being both artistic and practical they wanted to create something beautiful and respectful of the environment.
This large renovation of an addition included kitchen, dining and living spaces that were meant to complement the farmhouse aesthetic of the home and accommodate all the newer modern living spaces with easy access to the yard.
This new award winning home was conceived out of our clients desire to enrich the lives of their family and the environment. It is the First US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Design Homes Gold certification winner in CT. The homes energy use and low impact materials and thoughtful consideration of indoor air quality all contributed to its performance and livability.
This family home is sited along a New England lake on a steeply sloping wooded site. The living spaces are highly influenced by local lakeside cabins and whimsical tree houses. The home is settled into the ridge leaving walk out conditions on most sides and oriented to catch the views and light.
Our clients were asking for a home in which to retire and encourage artistic pursuits in stone sculpting and woodworking. They were looking for clean contemporary lines, with a warm natural feel. They had found a site which was a two acre parcel in a subdivision bordering a large preserve. The wooded landscape with mature trees and low bands of mountain laurel heavily influenced the exterior appearance of a mountain home with timber and stone accents.
Having struggled to make due for many years, our clients decided to renovate their lack luster kitchen into a room worthy of its position as the center of the house. The renovation meets the needs of the cook, family and guests to celebrate the best of the old with the delight of the new.
The project is located just west of the historic Guilford Green. The existing building was a late nineteenth-century Victorian cow barn that had since fallen into disrepair. Zoning regulations permitted for the conversion of this barn into a single family residence with the understanding that it would retain its identity as a barn in relationship to the main house. It was also required to be built to the exact size and height of the original structure.
The existing building was a c.1717 five bay colonial which had been extensively renovated in the 1940's into six efficiency apartments. Our goal was to upgrade 7500 square feet of existing apartments into five luxury condominium units while retaining the historic charm of the property.
The well detailed home had been a 2 family for almost a century and retained much of its original historic content as it had never been significantly renovated. Our clients saw the opportunity to live in a historic home in the center of town without having to add additions to accommodate their needs. The original home was laid out as a mirrored townhouse with matching stairs, kitchens and many small rooms. Our design created large flowing spaces which could take advantage of the high ceiling and ample light the Italianate home afforded.
TThis archetypal two story workman’s cottage was built in 1890 on a quiet street just off the Guilford Green. It had a large 1970’s rear addition overlooking the yard to which the family gravitated. The scale of the rooms in the original house felt small and disjointed which made them difficult for the family to use. Our clients were interested in considering ways to adapt the existing floor plan through careful renovations and built-ins to suit their needs.
Sited on 4 acres, subdivided from a larger farm in Bethany CT, the land was in need of attention, but contained beautiful rock fences, mature boundary trees and rolling meadows hidden in the undergrowth. Our clients set to work clearing and restoring the land with the intention of surrounding their new farmhouse with pastures for their horses.
A charming seaside cottage with all the amenities for easy living including many nooks, benches and porches for taking in the view, a book or family time. We designed this home around our client’s needs, but it is easy to see how family, friends and neighbors will feel right at home.
A charming beachside cottage that we renovated as a second home for our clients. The atmosphere is all about simple summer days at the beach and being outside. We incorporated many built-ins to maximize storage in this little home but kept the finishes consistent. There are many views and windows giving the roof scape a playful feel.
Our clients were looking for a craftsman foursquare when they found the perfect site in a small shoreline community. We adapted their vision with a seaside influence on the sloping site and worked with our client, a landscape designer, to develop outdoor rooms extending the living spaces.
Work on the house was to be respectful of its historic heritage, but represent modern technology and a new design aesthetic. Our interests in sustainability and experimentation with materials mingled with our ideas for the reuse of a historic home and resolved into a coherent plan with durable finishes.