The Lookout, Lakeville, CT
The site for The Lookout was spectacular, three acres right on Lakeville Lake, secluded and with mature trees. Despite its prime location, the house was cramped, run down, and didn’t take full advantage of the views. A series of cobbled together cabins from the 1970s, the ceilings were low and there wasn’t room for the large open Kitchen/Dining area the owners wanted, where they could entertain up to 25 guests at a time for the weekend. Strict lakeside environmental regulations required building up instead of out. Large sections of the rambling one-story house were demolished down to the foundations. The house was rebuilt with an open flowing plan floor plan with 10-foot high or cathedral ceilings, and each room has panoramic views of the lake.
1922 Georgian Renovation
The owners of this 1922 Georgian-style house loved its traditional look, but they needed more space. A brick and mortar analysis and careful attention to scale and original detailing enabled us to perfectly integrate the new parts of the house with the old. The plan included replacing the front existing open portico with a new enclosed vestibule, adding an attached three-car garage with a maid’s room and exercise room, designing a new entry porch and mudroom off the kitchen, and converting the original freestanding one-car garage to a poolhouse.
1910 Tudor Restoration and Renovation
This 1910 Tudor Revival-style house required a comprehensive program: restoration, landscape design, reconfiguring of interior spaces, and the addition of a new wing containing a two-car garage, guest room with bath, formal dining room and a second-floor family room—all of which were seamlessly integrated into the original house. In the dining room, old wood paneling and a mantel we rescued from an historic New York City church were salvaged and reinstalled by master carpenters. New leaded-glass windows were crafted by one of our stained-glass artisans, and antique sconces and chandelier were added to make the room look as if it had always been there. Period details continue at the bar off the billiard room where a large round leaded-glass window with a grape motif dramatically terminates a hallway axis, and in the billiard room where a library bookcase with a specially latched "secret" door swings open to reveal a powder room.
1926 Cottage Renovation
This 1926 English-cottage-style house had been in our client's family for generations, largely untouched. In keeping with the conventions of the 20s, it had a cluttered floor plan and a tiny kitchen. We removed a bathroom and maid's room to enlarge the kitchen and created a breakfast area with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry that now opens to a south-facing garden, flooding the formerly dark space with light. A narrow screened porch was widened and glassed in with French doors and casement windows to create a new family room. To maximize its views on all sides, we designed a new garden and terrace around a spectacular 25-foot rhododendron hedge that was planted by the owner's parents more than 60 years ago.