Our vision was to create a unified residence with distinct “living zones” respondent to the various important landscape features. The Living Room/Study/Library areas are located off a formal English cutting garden. The Family Room, “Garden” Room, and Breakfast Room (facing South) are designed to encompass the Great Lawn and pool areas. The central core of the home is on axis with the Arrival Drive and incorporates the Dining Room as a welcoming focal point for arrival.
Situated on 6 private acres in the “back country” of Greenwich, Connecticut, this Tudor Estate evolved from the transformation of 3 abandoned outbuildings from a 1920’s estate: a Caretaker Cottage; Stable; and Garage. Each building was repurposed and incorporated into a single new dwelling and associated “garden rooms.” An arrival drive leads to an enclosed Forecourt surrounded by stone walls with a main entrance to the home at one end and a service wing and guest suite, through a connecting Porte Cochere at the opposing end. Half-timbering and traditional “pebbledash” stucco with a graduated slate roof established the material palette.
A continuous “wrap around” central hallway system connects all primary living areas. The timbered Arrival Hall and Family Room are the core of the home with all other spaces splitting off from this central area. Corridors are open to selected garden views. Timber porches and pergolas serve as transitions to the garden and lawn spaces. The entire central core of the home is designed within an exposed timber-framed structure which is referentially connected to the half-timbered details throughout.