About This Project

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House in a Garden

Completion Year: 2007
Program: 6.500 SF, Single Family Residence
Beinfield Project Team: Bruce Beinfield FAIA, Andrew Bartolotta AIA, Trisha Izzo
General Contractor: Brindisi & Yaroscak Custom Builders, Inc.
Interior Designer: Yvonne Ferris Interiors
Landscape Architect: Bothwell Site Design, LLC
Structural Engineer: David Seymour, PE

Awards & Honors:
2009 Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
Innovation in Design Award for Kitchen Design

2009 Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
Innovation in Design Award for Architecture

2007 American Society of Landscape Architects, Connecticut Chapter
Merit Award

2009 “Innovation in Design Awards” Connecticut Cottages & Garden, July/August 2009: 50-51, 66-69

As architects practicing in New England we have been drawn to the timelessness and essential meaning found in the stark, simple, patterned forms of early American architecture. We have endeavored to understand our forefathers’ construction materials, the scale of their buildings and the meaning of their forms, to gain fundamental understanding of the delight that can be found in early American architecture. We enjoy rediscovering nearly lost lessons of the past, and endeavor to integrate them into buildings that meaningfully address the individual needs of their occupants, as well as fit comfortably into our contemporary context.

Our work ventures back to the roots of American Architecture, and moves subtly between the historic and the modern, connecting the past to the present. It is architecture of distilled images that often embody a childlike simplicity, employing an informed and intuitive use of pattern that integrates the structure and fenestration. The images are intended to express a dreamlike, yet familiar, quality where objects and scale may be slightly skewed and suggestively distorted.

The Residence is an expression of these sensibilities, while having a more complex inner life. The house from the exterior seems a simple New England home with careful attention to detailing of windows, doors, rafters and shutters. The cedar roof with its central chimney, traditional wood siding and fieldstone base help create the impression the house has always been there. The public face features a regular rhythm of smaller windows while the rear facade is more expansive, with walls of glass that open up to a garden and pool.

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