The characteristic qualities of the late 19th and early 20th century grand farmhouse is blended in this project with modern design strategies to create a home that roots itself in its present environment. Streamlined with custom details and gracious lines, this home provides a fresh take on the quintessential Connecticut farmhouse. Innovative technology and creative use of natural light allow the home to extend beyond the classic concept of a country home in an effort to deliver varied views of the pastoral landscape with which it is integrated and a smaller environmental impact.
Aesthetically, this house uses familiar shapes, proportions and materials, but only as a starting point to create a new look which at the same time feels familiar. The layout of this house departs from the familiar to suit the modern life with the kitchen and family room as the hinge point around which activity is rooted, the heart of the home. These spaces are optimally located for short and long views, for the best daily natural light, and for ease of access for the family. The sequence of movement within the house creates different and stimulating experiences. For example, the entry hall moves the eye upwards towards a translucent ceiling; a long naturally lit gallery creates an enhanced horizontal movement towards the informal part of the house; devices, such as floating ceiling in the living room, are employed to create a comfortable space in a grand room. The house is oriented and laid out to maximize the use of natural light and in appropriate direction for each function within, including a naturally lit basement.
The house utilizes best available strategies for environmentally responsible solutions. The owner reports the heating bill of $350/month for this house that is 9,500 SF above ground and 3,500 SF in the basement.