Old Saybrook, CT

This neo-federal style house located on a quiet rise surrounded by lush woodlands was in need of an update to its Front Door, Foyer, Dining Room, and Kitchen. The client also wanted to find some space for a much-needed Mudroom. For the Front Door, we created a classic flat roof form with Doric style columns to better formalize the main entry and provide protection from rain and snow. We added glass sidelights and transoms above to bring in more natural light and provide some detailed charm. In the Foyer, we opened up the wall to the adjacent Dining Room; replaced tile with dark-stained red oak floors; and added some simple, but elegant light fixtures. In the Dining Room we opened up the exterior wall with a large window overlooking the pool; installed vintage patterned tile around the two-sided fireplace; painted the walls a warm, dark gray; and replaced the existing chandelier and wall sconces with old-meets-new fixtures. In the Mudroom, we captured space from a pantry closet and garage niche to form a narrow, but very accommodating in-and-out shoe, coat, and general organizational center. The large eat-in Kitchen was created by removing a wall between two smaller rooms; installing wall-to-wall windows and glass doors out to the pool; placing a large cooking and prep island in the center complete with vintage brass light fixtures and custom hood above; and surrounding the perimeter with beautiful, yet highly functional cabinetry and countertops accented by glass, tile, sophisticated lighting, and a cozy fireplace. The overall feeling is one of openness, flow, and light perfect for large gatherings of family and friends. (Photos by Caryn B. Davis)