This modern, European style farmhouse sits at the end of a cul-de-sac close to the center of New Canaan. Space was limited (due, in part, to restrictive wetlands on the edge of the property) and the client—a family of five—wanted large, open spaces in their home. We got creative in designing the home vertically.
Dramatic roof pitches and tall glass openings accentuate the home’s height. The exterior is primarily fieldstone and stucco, with bronze-painted steel windows, and the main entrance features a two-story stone arch infilled with steel and glass.
The dreamy, open kitchen includes Miele appliances, a stainless steel farmhouse sink and reclaimed white oak beams.
The great room includes a light-filled dining area and living room, where we designed opposing fireplaces and echoed the kitchen’s reclaimed white oak beams. The space opens into the kitchen, pool and bar.
The pool is on the south side of the house to take advantage of the sun and the view over the adjacent brook and woods. The terrace also has a hot tub, seating area and fireplace for (almost) year-round outdoor entertaining.
The soothing master bedroom features a cathedral ceiling, fireplace and reclaimed white oak beams. It opens onto a south-facing stone terrace, which overlooks the pool.
Like the master bedroom, the (lucky) kids’ room opens onto a south-facing terrace.
The basement features a wine cellar and tasting area, as well as a screening room with several rows of comfortable, better-than-theater seats.
The dramatic stair tower opens from the basement all the way up to the attic, visually connecting the open first floor with the bedrooms above. The stairs float in front of large windows, allowing light to stream into the entire house.
All photos by Jane Beiles; interiors by Lynn Morgan.