Connecticut’s coastline is peppered with small enclaves of dense, small scale summer houses that were originally established for seasonal summer cabins. As real estate changed in use and value and planning regulations relaxed, people started to winterize these cabins so they could live in them year round, taking advantage of coastal life through all seasons. Richard Turlington Architects redesigned the original 750 sf summer-house built as an un-insulated summer cottage so many decades ago, into a 1,500 sf arts and crafts style home that reached over the adjacent neighbors to expose panoramic views of Long Island Sound.
The first floor was opened for the enjoyment of the southern views and the second floor master bedroom was designed to absorb the entire length of the house with banks of windows that allowed sunlight to penetrate the interior, exposing the local beach and capturing Long Island in the distance. There is a front porch for sitting in the evening and enjoying the social activities of a closely knit neighborhood. There is also a second floor balcony for watching the beach activities, the sunsets and the twinkling Long Island landscape in the distance while enjoying a glass of wine
The exterior material palette was selected to resist the salt air environment, including exterior teak decks, painted cedar shingles and painted white wood trim. Richard Turlington Architects thoroughly enjoyed the architectural design of this home and especially the interior design as we executed The interior palette with very simple elegant finishes, using painted cabinetry, tile floors and white painted walls.
The finished product is a home for a family to enjoy as their primary residence throughout the year nestled into a neighborhood of bicycles, kids and salt air.