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As one of the leading architectural firms in the country, RAC prides itself on producing high-quality, creative work that exceeds its clients’ expectations. Thanks to the firm’s extensive knowledge and careful planning—and collaboration with the builders from Saltaire Development—RAC successfully transformed the building into a modern, beautiful, luxury-style retreat. The biggest challenge was lifting the premises to add a level underneath. After completing the bottom level, the East Coast Home + Design

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Before The inside is outfitted with modern elements and décor. The color scheme is mostly white with a touch of blue, bringing outdoor tones inside. Thanks to the plentiful windows, the homeowners have an excellent view of the water from almost everywhere in the house. One of the best features of the new construction is the rooftop terrace, which includes a fireplace. The couple plans to put a hot tub

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there eventually, but for now the terrace serves as a serene space for the homeowners to spend time together and entertain. Not only was this renovation successful, but it also gained a lot of interest from local residents. “We love these waterfront projects,” says David. “They are incredibly satisfying to see built because they are usually a vast transformation of the old-school beach shacks of the day. They get a lot of attention from the surrounding neighborhoods, which is always fun to be a part of in these tight-knit communities.” This couple’s retirement goal was to live in style in a home where they could really kick back and enjoy themselves. And that’s exactly what RAC and Saltaire Development created for them: a classy waterfront haven where they can make the most of their golden years. ARCHITECT Cardello Architects David LaPierre 97 Washington Street Norwalk, CT 06854 203.853.2524 cardelloarchitects.com BUILDER Saltaire Development 1 North Water St Ste 404 Norwalk, CT 06854 East Coast Home + Design

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or this classic 1920s Tudor home, the owners wanted to keep the architecture intact but add more space for their growing family. The sitting room was small and stuffy, and the kitchen was outdated and cramped. At the top on the homeowners’ wish list were a large family room, a newly remodeled kitchen and the addition of an office area. The family reached out to Elizabeth Jahn Architecture for help with the project. In building a new family room, the design team demolished the former sitting room, making space for the new layout. They added two walls of large windows, creating a focal point for the room and a sunny space that is perfect for entertaining or just relaxing. A new fireplace for keeping cozy on cold nights adds a warm touch. Adjacent to the fireplace, French doors lead out to an existing patio complete with a dining area, fireplace and space for entertainment. Large storage cabinets were incorporated into the family room as well. In the kitchen, designers removed a chimney that ran down the middle of the room, opening up the space and allowing them to add new functioning elements that would complement the original architecture. They built a kitchen island for the family to gather around,

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and replaced the outdated countertops with Imperial Danby Marble. Brushed nickel hardware for the cabinets contribute a clean yet traditional feel. New lighting was added throughout, and the existing tile floor was replaced with white oak flooring, creating a seamless transition between the two rooms. Half a story up, the design team built the new office, outfitted with a lovely bay window that overlooks the yard. Shades of relaxing blues paired with clean white create a calming atmosphere perfect for contemplation, reading or work. White oak flooring and chrome light fixtures finish off the room. Working with the classic feel of this home, Elizabeth Jahn Architecture coupled modern and classic elements to produce effortless style. Keeping the design elegant yet lowkey, the firm created a layout that speaks for itself. Plenty of natural sunlight combined with neutral colors and open space make this home a perfect, comfortable oasis for a growing family. ARCHITECT Elizabeth Jahn Architecture Elizabeth Jahn One Kings Highway North Westport, CT 06880 203.571.1175 elizabethjahn.com

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of its historical integrity as possible. “It was a complete gut renovation,” says Susan Alisberg of Greenwich-based Alisberg Parker Architects. “We took the house down to the studs and preserved the main staircase. We opened up the interior to create a space that flows easily for contemporary living.” Beyond what meets the eye, the renovation included all new windows, insulation and mechanical systems.

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A new master bedroom sits above the new family room; the old bedroom was transformed into the master bath and closets. The intersection of the two volumes, adjacent to the family room and kitchen, is the perfect spot for the expanded porch, which features retractable screens. The kitchen was expanded to include an adjacent mudroom and back stair, and a three-car garage with new children’s bedrooms and playroom above it.

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The white cabinetry in the modern Georgian-style kitchen sports glass doors with muntins that mimic the glazing of the original Georgian windows. The countertops are trimmed in a dark gray manmade material. A striking 2-inchthick slab of quartz tops the kitchen island. A curved, contemporary banquette separates the kitchen from the family room, but allows easy flow between the spaces for family get-togethers and entertaining. The butler’s pantry was redesigned to include a wine refrigerator and a pass-through below the blue cabinetry that ties the kitchen and dining room together. The openings between the kitchen, living room and dining room were shifted to improve the openness and flow. The dining room molding and mantel were replaced, but retain a traditional air. The overall look is a cleaner, fresher aesthetic in deep blues and greens, a color palette repeated elsewhere in the house. A strong, geometric black and white wall fabric adds flair to the space. The staircase remains the dramatic center of the home, and now features a custom-made wool carpet in a chevron pattern and new pendant light fixtures suspended in the stairwell. The chevron pattern continues in the master bathroom upstairs, with Bardiglio marble and statuary marble tile flooring. The porcelain wall panels are accented with Bardiglio marble inlay. ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR DESIGN Alisberg Parker Susan Alisberg 222 Sound Beach Avenue Old Greenwich, CT 06870 203.637.8730 alisbergparker.com 26

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his spec house, built in the early 1980s, is surrounded by beautiful homes in a leafy, wooded neighborhood in Greenwich, CT. The owners wanted to add to its curb appeal and make it fit in more naturally with the surrounding homes. “We worked hard to create a house that looks original to the neighborhood, in the vernacular of New England Shingle style so loved in this area,” says George Dumitru, principal of Westportbased Studio Dumitru. “Another goal was to make the entire property more inviting.” The exterior underwent a complete renovation. A new porch with natural stone steps and column bases and a stained beadboard coffered ceiling now runs across the entire front of the house. The porch offers a serene welcome to guests, and is a shady place to entertain or relax on hot summer days. A new cupola atop the garage adds another element of interest. Extensive landscaping, including new East Coast Home + Design

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stair leading to the basement is now open. “ The foyer is not actually larger, but it feels a lot larger because of how we reimagined and used the space,” George explains. A second-floor bathroom was also added.

Inside the house, the foyer was updated with board and batten wood paneling painted in a muted Decorator White, and the original white wood oak flooring was repaired and refinished. The staircase was resized, and the previously enclosed under-

The success of the project was in the partnership formed between the homeowners, George, and the builder. “It’s great to work with people who understand quality and beauty,” George says. “When a project looks good, it says a lot about the col-

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stained.” European beech was used for the vaulted ceilings in the family room, breakfast nook and master bath. It sets a tone that is carried throughout the house, one of functionality and bright, open spaces very much like a getaway beach house. The U-shaped kitchen now features a large bowed island, and a built-in hutch with a blue mosaic backsplash and backlit glass door fronts, which serves as a coffee bar. The red knobs on a commercial Wolff cooktop add a splash of color. A new butler ’s pantry leads directly to the dining room. “ They wanted a light, airy kitchen, so we used white cabinetry with recessed panels, and white oak plank flooring in a mid-range stain to give it warmth,” Neil explains. Because the kitchen ceiling was low, he added shallow coffers in between tongue-and-groove paneling to create the illusion of height. There is now a natural flow between the family room, kitchen and breakfast nook. Large windows in all three spaces

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provide a visual connection to the new outdoor entertaining spaces The vaulted ceiling in the master bath on the second floor makes the room appear larger. The homeowners didn’t want an all-glass shower, so it is enclosed with a small window on one side. The floor tile is an abalone mosaic with sandy beach tones that, along with the Euro pean beech ceiling, adds to the room’s spa-like character. Other modifications on the second floor include creating en suite bathrooms with walk-in closets for each of the children’s rooms. When a third bay was added to the garage, a back staircase was built to provide access to a new, second-sto ry home gym. Additionally, the mudroom between the kitchen and the garage was enlarged and updated by adding a closet, laundry room and a half-bath, making it more functional. The homeowners wanted a pool, but the location of the existing septic tank system in the backyard presented a challenge. The solution was to tuck the pool off to East Coast Home + Design

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the side and build a terrace around it. The fire pit is on axis with the family room; next to it is a dining area under a gazebo. “ The before and after photos are dramatic because there was nothing there before the project started,” Neil says. “We really opened up the back of the house from the kitchen onward to take advantage of the new entertaining spaces.” ARCHITECT Neil Hauck Architects Neil Hauck 859 Post Road Darien, CT 06820 203.655.9340 neilhauckarchitects.com

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here is something special about historical homes. Perhaps it’s knowing that many hours went into their construction, in the days before modern construction methods made building homes far faster. Or perhaps it’s that each has its own unique personality. Perhaps it’s the weight of history itself, the feeling that the home has lived a lifetime of its own, sheltering families beneath its roof. Whatever it is, for some, the idea of the perfect home is one that has withstood the test of time and endures. But historical homes often need a little help to bring them up to modern living standards, and that’s where New Canaan, CTbased Wadia Associates comes into the picture. For more than 40 years, Dinyar Wadia and his firm have been dedicated to historical home restoration and remodeling, as well as designing distinctive new homes based on reinterpretations of historical architectural styles for today ’s modern world. This project was a little of both worlds. The original home, constructed in the 1930s, had already undergone one remodeling. East Coast Home + Design

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Before The clients came to Dinyar and his team for help in what was intended to be a redesign of the exterior front entrance. Inspired by the home’s character, Dinyar offered ideas for a new half-wing addition, which inspired the homeowners, and the project evolved into a renovation of both the exterior and interior. “The addition consists of a side entrance, plus a new family room and kitchen with a breakfast area; there is also an attic guest bedroom above and an office below the family room,” Dinyar explains. “The existing house had beautiful form and proportions. Not being one to reinvent the wheel, I used the same half-timber and stucco style on the exterior of the new construction, giving the home a seamless addition that complements the existing house, and looks as though it has been there from the time the original house was built.” Part of the magic of Wadia’s work comes from careful attention to not only the house, but the land around it. Landscaping is an integral part of many of the firm’s projects, and this one is no exception. The thoughtfully crafted landscaping creates the illusion that the home has always existed thus. It is also key to giving the property the air of an English country home, complete with a beautiful, wild cottage garden. Fast-growing ivy, roses and a profusion of perennials like geraniums and salvia add color and beauty from early spring through autumn. A drainage ditch on one side of the property was transformed into a babbling brook, further enhancing the country-home ambience. The result of Dinyar’s eye for the beauty and grace of classical architecture is a home that is a lovely blend of Tudor and Victorian styles both elegant and charming. ARCHITECT / BUILDER Dinyar Wadia Wadia Associates 134 Main Street New Canaan, CT 06940 203.966.0048 wadiaassociates.com

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urb appeal is important, it is the first t h i n g people notice when they are house-hunting. Statistics show that 60% of real-estate inquiry calls come from prospective buyers who notice a house while driving down a street. Whether you are selling or upgrading, a new front door can add to the value of your home and help curb energy bills.

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and completely change the look of a building or home,” says Joe Klein of Grand Doors. The company ’s designs run the gamut, from Contemporary and Classic to Carved and Old World Rustic and everything in between. Grand Doors recently worked on several residential and commercial projects in the Northeast. A business in Westchester County, NY, went from a very simple white wooden door to a solid mahogany door with wroughtiron grills and art glass in the door and transom. The heavy wooden door blends more naturally with the historic building, and adds an element of sophistication. “Wood doors are chosen more often for traditional buildings because they complement the architecture,” Joe explains. ”They also insulate against

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highlight its architectural assets, while white furniture, walls and accessories accentuate the gallery-style feel of the home. Designing a home that reflects the client’s taste and personality was at the center of this remodel. The finished project, the result of the combined efforts of the homeowner and the experts at Calla, is an expressive and original space that is highly functional and accommodates the interests of this innovative family. INTERIOR DESIGN Calla Studio Calla McNamara 154 Highland Avenue Rowayton, CT 06853 203.810.4632 calla.studio East Coast Home + Design

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his lovely master bath by Toran Harper is fresh, modern, elegant and polished. Cool shades of blues and grays, combined with plenty of natural light, create a calming oasis, ideal for relaxation. The details fit together perfectly to bring about a classy look that reflects the clients’ taste and fully fits their needs. The inspiration for this master bath was the homeowners’ kitchen, which features an open, airy space with a large window to let in the sunlight. The clients wanted this same modern, airy feel and natural light for their bathroom, which dated back to the 1990s. Given a clean slate, Toran Harper designers reimagined the possibilities. To achieve the new look, the design team took the bathroom down to the studs, removed two walls and put in a new large window. Working with the clients, the team decided the open space would allow for a large stand-up shower, which was fitted with a beautiful frameless glass door and finished East Coast Home + Design

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ou can usually determine when a house was built by its hardware and cabinetry, and this renovation was no exception. Built in 1999, this house in Ridgefield, CT, was dated with that era’s trademark dark wood and brass. The homeowners are working to bring it into this century by collaborating with a de-

sign and renovation team to create a home of traditional style—with a little bit of modern sophistication. The first project was the master bathroom, with the goal to take it from a dull, dark outdated space to a classic Hollywood-inspired glamour retreat. “We sat down with the clients and our first collaboration was the chandelier, called Bubble by Regina Andrew” says Rebecca Baglio, co-

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ROMEO + BAGLIO DESIGN founder of Ridgefield-based Romeo + Baglio Design. “That became the inspiration for a clean, spa-like space that serves as a true escape from the daily stresses of life.” The homeowner wanted a large, functional soaking tub. The bathtub inspired the TV and fireplace bumpout topped by custom crown molding that is several inches thick. The white cabinetry and tub surround are clad with a sleek, high-gloss white Super Tuscan marble with gray veining. “It is really beautiful

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the mosaic on the shower wall. The faucets, from the Brizo Virage Bath Collection, are traditional with a modern twist. The shower is enclosed by a large glass surround, and features both fixed and handheld showerheads, and hardware from Restoration Hardware. The artwork, titled Soft Awakening, is by local artist Julia Contacessi of Norwalk. When builder Mark Repen, with Danbury-based Rockwood Remodeling, completed gutting the space, the designers discovered unused space hidden behind a wall in the water closet. They took advantage of it to build a storage nook for towels. The extra space also made room for a frostedglass pocket door to the water closet, which lets in light and makes the room seem larger. “The homeowners love their bathroom,” Rebecca says, “and I can’t say enough about how the success of this project goes to Mark Repen, who made our vision come to life in a really sophisticated way.” INTERIOR DESIGN Romeo + Baglio Design Andrea Romeo Rebecca Baglio 203.448.7669 516.297.4195 romeobaglio.com

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very princess wants her own space, and Tyler Constanda of TC Designs wanted to give this young lady a truly special sanctuary, one that would please her now as a little girl and grow with her as she gets older. The result is this spectacular bedroom. What makes the project even more remarkable is that it was completed in a just a few hours. “My client is three years old, and she needs her nap!” Tyler says with a smile. “So, this was a morning transformation. We started early and got it all done before one o’clock.” The mother, a regular TC Designs client, was looking for something “very girly and sweet,” but Tyler was leaning towards something a little edgier and more colorful. “The daughter had just turned three she’s a real spitfire, and already has a lot of opinions about what she likes.” Tyler wanted the design to reflect the girl’s bright, fiery spirit. Echoing the life and personality of her clients is key to Tyler’s design process. “I like to hear stories about their travels, their daily life, favorite movies and restaurants what excites them, what they don’t like,” she explains. “All of those pieces inspire me to design what they imagine, but sometimes can’t verbally describe.” When Tyler began working on the bedroom design, she intended to keep to softer purples and pinks for the color palette, but felt that something was missing. Looking through fabrics again, she spotted the bright colors of Electrify Tulip from the East Coast Home + Design

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Jonathan Adler Utopia collection by Kravet, and the design coalesced. The fabric is used for the two window shades, and is complemented by the rich berry-wine color of the bed’s head- and footboard. The softer hues are still present in the colors of the walls, the cornice valance, and the curtains behind the headboard. A funky, fun leopard print area rug by Stark in a pale gray adds subtle playfulness; giraffes and flamingos continue the animal theme. A circular mirror and chandelier add a touch of elegance something that will help in a few years, when the room needs to mature as the young girl does. “I designed it so that eventually they can replace the teddy bear area with a desk, and so forth, but the main pieces the bed, dresser, bedside tables are ageless. They would work in my own bedroom,” Tyler says. The finished design still has aspects of the sweet youthfulness the mother wanted, with the richer colors and playfulness that Tyler had imagined. It’s a blend of the two visions in a space so lovely, Tyler says that “when the daughter saw it, she gasped out loud and told us all to leave her alone in her room!” There’s no better compliment than that. INTERIOR DESIGN TC Designs Tyler Constanda 917.447.3135 tcdesignsco.com

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design so beautiful, the clients couldn’t bear to sell. That’s the happy ending to the story of this remodel designed by Katharine Kelly Rhudy, owner and principal of Reed & Acanthus.

“My clients were thinking about an updated look for resale,” Katharine explains. “They wanted a design that combined their traditional taste and furnishings with something a bit more contemporary that would appeal to a younger buyer.” The challenge became how to create a new look while retaining the classic sophistication the clients preferred. She started with a soft, pale palette of greens, blues and creams throughout the family room, dining area and kitchen to unify the design. Yellow walls and kitchen cabinetry made the rooms feel old and tired fresh coats of paint in lighter, more neutral hues immediately brightened the spaces, giving them new life and energy.

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The original family room was dark and heavy. Katharine had the larger furniture pieces reupholstered in palehued, classical fabrics from Kravet, and used contemporary patterns on the throw pillows to add youthful verve. Replacing the dark, patterned area rug with one in off-white lifts the weightiness of the room and helps East Coast Home + Design

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draw in natural light, creating a relaxed, soothing ambience. Modernizing the kitchen started with repainting the yellow cabinetry white, which cleverly diminishes the “country kitchen” design. Along with the sleek curves of the Hickory Chair bar stools, the Taj Mahal Quartzite countertops from MSI, and the Alderly Globe pendant lighting by Visual Comfort over the island, the kitchen is now elegant and contemporary. The dining area was the most challenging element of the project. As Katharine explains, “We had a hard time defining the purpose of the space. Should it be an extension of the family room with more casual seating, or an extension of the kitchen with more dining?” The area was also included load-bearing columns, which could not be removed. “Both the clients and I actually liked how they made the space unique and grand,” she says. “I took a look at the original architectural plans, which defined the space as a Garden Room. That was the revelatory moment for me.”

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Instead of marrying the dining area to either the kitchen or family room, she gave it its own individual personality, beginning with green bamboo lattice wallpaper. She also added green and white fabrics, and a Chinese lanterninspired pendant light fixture over the dining table. The space is now the perfect place to enjoy the view while having breakfast or just a cup of coffee. ”My clients loved their new rooms so much, they decided not to sell,” says Katharine. Her design not only gave the rooms a new look, it gave the owners a new perspective on their home. INTERIOR DESIGN Reed & Acanthus Antiques and Interiors Katharine Kelly Rhudy 166 White Oak Shade Road New Canaan, CT 06840 203.966.0422

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usan Anderson of White Birch Studio sees design as an art form that, unlike most art forms, is done in collaboration with others. “Interior design is similar to theater in a lot of ways,” she says. She would know, having worked with an agency in New York for many years putting together teams for Broadway shows and films. “You’re working as a team; you share ideas and work to create the vision together.” That collaborative aspect is one reason why a lot of her work involves architectural consultancy, where she sits down with the homeowner and the architect to talk through the design as it’s being developed. Susan sees another similarity between theater and interior design: “Great interior design isn’t just paint and furniture. It’s about setting the stage it’s all about

making a statement without ever having to say a word.” Part of Susan’s collaborative process is finding out what excites her clients, and then internalizing that excitement. She also helps them explore ideas. “Design isn’t something most clients spend thinking about, so it’s a case of them not knowing what they don’t know,” she says. ”Part of my job is to show them things they would never have discovered on their own.” These clients came to Susan for help they were drawn to the property because of the woods and the views. As for the house, “Let’s just say it was definitely an ugly duckling,” she explains. “It hadn’t been touched since it was built in 1963, so everything was in desperate need of updating. I could see it had great bones and a East Coast Home + Design

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Before lot of promise.” In this case, the bones of the house had obviously been influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School style, easily seen in the long lines of the roof with wide eaves. Wanting to hold to the same look for the interiors, Susan chose to go mid-century modern, adding warmth with some of the clients’ own favorite furnishings. She purposely kept the design androgynous, leaning ever so slightly towards a more masculine ambience to connect the interior with the exterior. “I didn’t want a lot of frills,” she says. Instead, the lines are clean and long, with strong angles rather than soft curves in the furnishings. Susan wanted to highlight the views from the house. The trick? “Dark paint on the trim around the windows,” she explains. “I do this in most homes, no matter the architectural style. When you go with a dark instead of light color, it creates a frame that draws the eye to the view.” Susan’s design gave this home a fresh, clean look, one that allows her clients to not only enjoy the views outside, but inside as well. INTERIOR DESIGN White Birch Studio Susan Anderson susan@whitebirchstudio.com 203.226.1515

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his home renovation posed more than a few challenges for the talented designers at Rye, NY-based JWH Design & Cabinetry. The 4,400-square-foot home, built in 2004, is in a prime lo cation overlooking the beautiful Long Island Sound. With a complete wall of windows and French doors leading out to a balcony, the home did not lack an open floor plan, character or sunlight. However, the flow was all wrong and storage space was sorely needed. To accommodate the growing family, rooms were rearranged, expanded and tweaked, transforming this waterfront property into a functional and stylish space. Top on the home- owners’ wish list was more defined spaces—especially in the kitchen, dining and living room areas. With exterior doors at one end of the kitchen and the interior East Coast Home + Design

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elevator at the other, there weren’t many options for expansion. Simplifying the tricky angles and finding space solutions became the focus. Jennifer Howard of JWH Design realized that moving the kitchen to the center of the large space was the perfect solution. Removing an interior closet and adding a wall brought the new kitchen area to life. A new pantry with a built-in message board and expanded custom cabinetry anchor the room. The previous kitchen location was converted into a breakfast area, complete with a coffee bar. Some original elements that were kept in place add to functionality and storage. Polished nickel and brushed bronze fixtures and hardware have transformed the kitchen into the perfect space for cooking, hanging out and entertaining. Custom countertops in Blue Ice Quartzite by Rye Marble give the kitchen a modern, clean look. The wood-stained shiplap that lined the ceilings of the kitchen, living room and dining room was left in place, but painted a bright white, which ties the three rooms together. The master suite was also renovated. To create space for the expansion, a spiral staircase was rotated by 45 degrees,

providing enough clearance to move the doorway leading to the master bath. This simple change allowed the designers to add space to the master closet and change the layout of the bedroom and bath. A new vanity, shower, tub and toilet in the master bath give the space an airy, contemporary feel. A white and cream color palette paired with chrome fixtures and hardware complement the sunny space beautifully. New oak flooring throughout the home ties everything together for the clean and polished flow the clients desired. The perfect oasis for this active young family. DESIGNER Jennifer W. Howard JWH Design & Cabinetry 1111 Boston Post Road Rye, NY 10580 914.967.6020 jwhdesigns.com East Coast Home + Design

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he theme of this renovation could easily be: Let There Be Light. The owners of this Stamford, CT, home were tired of their dark, walled-off kitchen it didn’t feel connected to the rest of the house, making it difficult to entertain. The owners wanted a modern look with warmth and timelessness, cabinetry with clean lines, and a lot of light. Peter Sciarretta and Doug Horn of Greenwich-based Hemingway Construction have transformed the kitchen into an oasis of light and openness that connects the interior to the exterior, and layers textures, such as porcelain, wood, granite, and metal, into a seamless space. The design breathes new light and life into the entire home because the kitchen now flows into the rest of the house. “It’s now a beautiful space that works for this couple,” says Peter, CEO of Hemingway Construction. ”The client is a true cook and spends a lot of time at the center island, so we designed the kitchen around that as we opened it up. Because people gather in the kitchen, we added a side-bar peninsula where guests can sit and socialize with her while she is preparing food without feeling like the area is too crowded. She now has a chef-appropriate space to work.” An oversized, remote-controlled, single-pane skylight and a two-panel sliding glass door that leads to the terrace and pool now flood the kitchen with natural light. There is also an abundance of recessed and backlighting under and behind the cabinets. One of the project’s greatest successes, according to Peter, is the cabinetry by Sterling Custom Cabinetry. “The owners wanted cabinets that weren’t too dark or too light, so we had them custom made and hand painted. We tried several stain samples, found the right one, and created a streaking effect with vertical, textured lines,” Peter explains. “They loved the perfect palette of warmth East Coast Home + Design

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and reflects the natural light. There were a few things the couple wanted to keep they liked having a breakfast alcove. So, Peter and Doug designed a hutch with backlit single-glass panes at the back of the kitchen near the new sliding glass door that left enough room for a small table and chairs. Now that they can have their coffee with a view, the homeowners love the space even more. KITCHEN DESIGN Hemingway Construction Peter Sciarretta Doug Horn 115 Mason Street # 2 Greenwich, CT 06830 203.625.0566 hemingwayconstruction.com

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he owners of this property wanted a modern but timeless look that respected the house’s mid-century modern architecture, while making it more functional for everyday life. Located in Newtown, CT, the home is an example of Deck House architecture, a style founded in the 1950s by architect William J. Berkes. Its signature decking ceiling and exposed post-and-beam structure features great walls of glass, so the homeowners can enjoy magnificent views and light from almost anywhere in the home. The challenge was to preserve those windows and the spirit of the home while fusing form and function for contemporary living. John Colepaugh, kitchen designer with Ring’s End in New Milford, CT, completely redesigned the kitchen space by adding contemporary custom base cabinetry throughout the kitchen, and a bar cabinet with a wet bar in the corner. Because the space above was nonexistent, he designed the base cabinets with multiple pullout drawers. “We had to get as much storage from the under-cabinets as we possibly could, and a lot of the design was based upon that need,” says John. The quality custom cabinetry is from Candlelight Cabinetry in Lockport, NY. The homeowners wanted to preserve the seamless flow of the kitchen into the living area with a neutral palette, and chose cabinets for the perimeter in Flagstone Gray and Tranquil Taupe, with Vienna Glaze for the island cabinetry. The countertops are quartz in two different finishes: HanStone in Artisan Gray with a leather finish for the perimeter countertops, and Caesarstone Mountblanc for the waterfall-styled island that seats four. The island features an induction cooktop with a pop-up downdraft, and the refrigerator is panel ready so it doesn’t interfere with the simplicity of the cabinetry. The double sink is quartz and looks out onto East Coast Home + Design

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the wooded front yard. For a better flow, John’s team ripped up the old tile flooring and extended wood flooring that matches the living area into the kitchen. To the right of the refrigerator is the original fireplace, which was preserved yet still allows the homeowners enough space to work. It also adds ambience to the natural aesthetic of the fine materials in their natural state, honoring Deck House architecture. “It’s a beautiful space with a cool midcentury modern vibe sitting right in the middle of a wooded area, with a lake view to boot,” says John. “We wanted to honor the ‘purity of line’ known in Deck House by respecting the organic architecture and the livability of the space.”

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fter nearly completing a kitchen renovation, this homeowner knew there was one more improvement to be made: upgrade the countertops. Since moving into the home, little by little she has been making the kitchen her own, and it was now time to finish it off with updated countertops.

Though the original green marble was still in good shape, the color was out of date. Since the rest of the kitchen had been updated, it was time to complete the look with on-trend, high-quality countertops. She also wanted to change the island from a split-level to a single-level counter. For inspiration, the homeowner turned to home design magazines and scouted kitchen showrooms. After being awed by the fresh, refined look of an all-white kitchen, she decided to go with white countertops to complement the already-upgraded white cabinetry. Because the cabinets paired with the white backsplash so perfectly, white countertops would make it an even brighter, lighter kitchen that would be fun to spruce up 86

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bids from competing stone suppliers, she hired the company for the job.

Originally, the plan was to use Carrara marble for its refined appearance. However, because she loves to cook with her family, she was warned that unless she was prepared to deal with stains, etching and resealing, she should consider opting for a less-permeable stone. White man-made quartz became the stone of choice. It is just as beautiful as the marble, yet requires much less maintenance.

Today, the homeowner enjoys the fresh appearance and easy maintenance of her newly upgraded kitchen. The installation process by Connecticut Stone went smoothly and incident free—and the backsplash remained intact. The kitchen feels bright and open, and she loves how simple it is to keep the white quartz countertops clean.

Once she knew what type of countertops she wanted, it was time to find a trustworthy and dependable stone company to bring her vision to life. A reputable stone fabricator was a top priority—she didn’t want to take any chances, especially because the new backsplash would need to be protected. A friend recommended Connecticut Stone, and she was immediately impressed with their stone selection and professionalism. After receiving a few 88

KITCHEN STONE SUPPLIER Connecticut Stone Tyra Dellacroce 138 Woodmont Road Milford, CT 06460 203.882.1000 connecticutstone.com

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his Greenfield Hill property in Fairfield, CT, had long been vacant, its landscape overgrown, even obscuring the home’s presence from the street. The new owners saw the site’s tremendous potential and could not wait to start digging. As garden enthusiasts, integrating the landscape experience into views from within the home as well as exterior spaces was essential. Key goals were to incorporate color and seasonal interest, and to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The transformation began with creating rain gardens to capture and reuse storm water run-off from the house and patios. The rain gardens include native plants, drifts of bee balm, Joe Pye weed, and other

perennials for summer’s hummingbirds and butterflies. Groupings of arrowwood viburnum, winterberry and other shrubs produce berries for autumn’s songbirds. On breezy days, drifts of switchgrass sway in the wind, while the softly rustling leaves of river birches add to the relaxing, meadow-like atmosphere. Removal of thick overgrowth along the street revealed a perimeter stone wall; the adjacent bank is now planted with thousands of daffodils that herald the arrival of spring and offer a glimpse of the dynamic landscape that lies beyond. Visitors are greeted by a cherished weeping blue Atlas cedar, moved from the owners’ previous home. This unique conversation piece anchors the gravel walk and parterre leading to the front door. East Coast Home + Design

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The home’s gracious porches overlook the gardens and rolling lawn. A series of monolithic bluestone steps in the side yard that lead to the lower lawn and rain garden are flanked by perennials and shrubs. In winter, the bright red stems of the Arctic Fire dogwood complement the apricot and yellow sedum Angelina, and both make a striking contrast to snow-covered ground. Perhaps most charming is the stepping-stone walkway between the breezeway and the pool area. Opening the lattice gate reveals the path lined with brilliant SunPatiens, coleus and Angelonia. Opportunities for entertaining abound: the fireplace terrace overlooks the pool with views to the rain garden, while the lower level features a dining area with a grill island and plentiful space for chaise lounges. The centrally located hot tub allows bathers to engage in conversation with those in the adjacent seating areas. The plantings near the house include a base layer of shrubs and perennials to provide structure, while bright summer annuals are dramatic accents for the muted blue and gray tones of the house 92

and hardscape. The perimeter plantings screen adjacent properties, and present a full four seasons of interest: winter-blooming witch hazels, spring-flowering dogwoods, along with the fragrant flowers of summersweet and fringe tree, and spectacular fall foliage in brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange. This previously all-green landscape is now a colorful and vibrant setting for the home and its garden rooms enchanting spaces that will continue to delight the homeowners and guests for years to come. LANDSCAPE DESIGN Austin Ganim Landscape Design Austin Ganim & Eva Chiamulera 320 Kings Hwy Cutoff Fairfield, CT 06824 203.333.2003 austinganimlandscapedesign.com

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EVENTS

2018 ROCK + BREW AT CONNECTICUT STONE On Wednesday, June 13th, Connecticut Stone had a Rock + Brew factory tour for CEU Credit at their Milford, Connecticut location. Sponsored by Connecticut Stone, AKDO and East Coast Home + Design, guests were treated to gourmet pizza from the Big Green Truck and served fabulous micro-brew beer from Derby ’s own BADSONS Beer Company while listening to live music.

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RangeCraft: Creators of Kitchen Envy

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Story by Anastasia Storer

one are the days when the kitchen was tucked out of sight at the back of the home. Today, kitchens often take center stage in our homes, a place where family and guests gather. This change in how we perceive and use our kitchens has led to an evolution in the design of appliances and furnishings to make them either more visually appealing, or as unobtru-

ing custom range hoods. “Beauty is important, yes, but we start from the foundation of functionality and safety,” Ramona explains. “Our hoods have greater ventilation than most, so they quickly vent any smoke from the room, as well as strong cooking odors like fish.” Despite being workhorses, they are also whisper-quiet. In addition, the company is currently developing a smoke alarm system as an additional safety feature.

sive as possible. A range hood is an essential piece of kitchen equipment, and one of the most conspicuous, given that it is aligned with the stovetop that is often in a central location in a kitchen. If something is going to be that large and prominent, “it ought to be beautiful,” says Ramona Panus, president of RangeCraft Manufacturing Company. RangeCraft creates customized hoods that are meant to be seen, not hidden away they truly are works of art. “Our range hoods are the focal point of the kitchen,” Ramona says. “When I create a piece, I’m not just making a hood for someone. I want it to match the family’s personality. I work one-on-one with my customers, and when they ask me what would look good, I always recommend what I think will complement their taste and aesthetics. For me, it’s not just a range hood, it’s personal.” With brushed and gleaming surfaces, decorative rivets and buttons, and even Swarovski crystals, a RangeCraft hood becomes the crowning jewel of any kitchen. Appearance isn’t the only thing the RangeCraft team thinks about when craft96

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RangeCraft believes in corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, and helping others. Ramona, who lost her mother to cancer, is a passionate supporter of causes dedicated to curing the disease. The company also donates to organizations that promote child safety and offer assistance to military veterans. While designing and crafting custom range hoods are at the core of the business, the company offers much more, from custom sinks, countertops and backsplashes, to pot racks and copper chimney pots. No matter what the product, the RangeCraft team is dedicated to craftsmanship of the highest quality. Resource: Ramona Panus RangeCraft 4-40 Banta Place Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 877.724.6637 / 201.791.0440 rangecraft.com

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