We thought we could resurrect an older house that backed up to a river that runs through wooded parkland, but that turned out not to be the case when further inspection revealed a poorly built infrastructure. Opportunity was knocking: Our clients quickly recovered from disappointment, and got excited about the prospect of building their own new home.
Both husband and wife are design savvy, with a sophisticated eye. They’re also traditionalists at heart, and they asked us to build “a younger person’s Colonial home,” with clean lines and refined detail. The foyer creates a direct axis between the front door and the airy family room in back, which looks out large windows to the woods beyond. Leaded transoms over the entries to the living and dining rooms on either side of the foyer are rooted in Colonial architecture, but their simple, elegant lines make them of the moment.
Reclaimed barn beams in the kitchen hearken back to an earlier time, yet the crisp white cabinetry and a cheerful, curving banquette in the large bay window take some of the weight off.
Modern details abound: A home office is separated from the kitchen with a pocket door whose translucent fiberglass panel is inset with mica cutouts, offering both light and privacy to its occupant. The nearby mudroom offers streamlined storage cubbies for coats, backpacks and dog leashes, while the tile floor is heated for those chilly days when the snow boots come off.
A reading nook upstairs lets this modern family spend some good old-fashioned time together, with built-in shelves in an arched alcove and a deep tufted chair for two—pillow and mohair throw included.