Completion Year: 2011
Program: 2,200 SF, Single Family Residence
Beinfield Project Team: Bruce Beinfield FAIA, Colin Grotheer
General Contractor: RDC Const
Awards & Honors:
2013 – American Institute of Architects, Connecticut Chapter
Alice Washburn Award – Honorable Mention
CTC&G published the kitchen
“Natural” Connecticut Cottages and Gardens January 2012: 60-61
As architects practicing in New England, our work has been influenced by place, culture, and history. Our contextual sensibilities have been informed by the timeless and essential meanings found in the stark, simple, patterned forms of early New England architecture. This work rebels against the excesses that have characterized the contemporary residential built environment, and is directed towards a rediscovery of the simple pleasures of home.
The architectural design of this home was rooted in early Connecticut vernacular traditions. It is an architecture of distilled images, which attempts to bridge between the distant past and the present, exploring degrees of abstraction along the way. We have taken an alchemical approach the design of this home, striving to transform the ordinary into the exceptional, and employing common materials towards uncommon ends.
Located in the village of Rowayton, Connecticut, the house is built on a pre-existing foundation. The floors and doors are crafted from recycled white oak, which endow the interior with a patina of age. The white plastered walls and absence of interior wood trim, gives the house a soothing quietness. The open kitchen is the center of the house, anchored by a zinc-topped island. The living area flows out to a garden oriented towards a fireplace and swimming pool.