SNEAK PEAK: New Canaan Renovation

We recently completed an extensive renovation project in New Canaan that is scheduled to be professionally photographed in the Spring of 2018.  But, we are too excited about the project to wait until the Spring before we share what we have been up to.  So, we have decided to pull back the curtain and show you some of our preliminary scout shots of the project.  The home needs some furniture, and the professional photographs will certainly show our work in a better light - but we are just too impatient to wait.


Our client had recently purchased a large, shingle style home on 8 acres in New Canaan, CT.  They wanted to update and clean up the interiors of the house along with solving a couple of issues they had with the house before they moved in.  To start the project, we reviewed some various case-study images and our clients tended to gravitate toward more airy, modern interiors with clean-lines, minimalist details and a "west-coast modern" material palette.


The project started as a fairly modest renovation that included the Master Bathroom, Master Dressing Room and a new Pantry Space.  Throughout the design and construction phases, the scope grew to virtually every room, a small Mudroom addition, new Kitchen, new home theater, all new bathrooms, an entirely new lighting system and fixtures, new interior & exterior doors, new hardware, new floors throughout, etc. - basically a renovation of the entire house. 

Here is a look at some of the spaces.  Enjoy!

MASTER BATHROOM

OVERALL:  The new Master Bathroom was gutted down to the studs and re-organized.  Two floating teak wood vanities with custom stainless steel frame mirrors and medicine cabinets flank a free-standing tub.  The entire floor surface is covered in a large format light gray limestone tile which flows into the shower floor as well.  The vanity tops as well as the walls in the tub area and shower are clad in an off-white turkish limestone tile.

OVERALL:  The new Master Bathroom was gutted down to the studs and re-organized.  Two floating teak wood vanities with custom stainless steel frame mirrors and medicine cabinets flank a free-standing tub.  The entire floor surface is covered in a large format light gray limestone tile which flows into the shower floor as well.  The vanity tops as well as the walls in the tub area and shower are clad in an off-white turkish limestone tile.

OVERALL:  The shower includes a ceiling mounted rain head, a wall mounted shower head, a handheld shower and 6 body sprays - all of which can be turned on simultaneously without any water pressure reduction.  The floating limestone bench allows a place to sit in the steam shower.

OVERALL:  The shower includes a ceiling mounted rain head, a wall mounted shower head, a handheld shower and 6 body sprays - all of which can be turned on simultaneously without any water pressure reduction.  The floating limestone bench allows a place to sit in the steam shower.

DETAIL:  The shampoo niche was highlighted with a small mosaic tile strip that runs floor to ceiling.  This mosaic is the exact same material as the wall tile, but offers a different texture to the wall.

DETAIL:  The shampoo niche was highlighted with a small mosaic tile strip that runs floor to ceiling.  This mosaic is the exact same material as the wall tile, but offers a different texture to the wall.

DETAIL:  The shower drain was designed as a linear slot along one entire wall of the large shower.  In this way, we could pitch the entire floor in one direction instead of the typical situation where there is a centrally located drain with the floor pitching in different directions to it.

DETAIL:  The shower drain was designed as a linear slot along one entire wall of the large shower.  In this way, we could pitch the entire floor in one direction instead of the typical situation where there is a centrally located drain with the floor pitching in different directions to it.

KITCHEN

KITCHEN:  Shown here is the custom stainless steel hood we had fabricated.  It is hard to see here, but there are 3 different finishes on this hood - it is mostly a stainless steel finish with subtle details in a blackened stainless finish and a medium gray painted finish.

KITCHEN:  Shown here is the custom stainless steel hood we had fabricated.  It is hard to see here, but there are 3 different finishes on this hood - it is mostly a stainless steel finish with subtle details in a blackened stainless finish and a medium gray painted finish.

KITCHEN:  The Kitchen was designed with these white-oak "frames" with the painted white cabinetry set into the frames.  These frames are finished to match the adjacent Family Room fireplace and various white oak countertops used throughout the house.

KITCHEN:  The Kitchen was designed with these white-oak "frames" with the painted white cabinetry set into the frames.  These frames are finished to match the adjacent Family Room fireplace and various white oak countertops used throughout the house.

KITCHEN DETAIL:  Existing windows helped organize the new Kitchen layout as shown here, where we added white oak shelves so that the existing window would center in the white thassos marble wall tile area.  Seen above the window is a custom, 1" heating and air conditioning slot (nothing is worse than standard vents), and a square trimless recessed light fixture.

KITCHEN DETAIL:  Existing windows helped organize the new Kitchen layout as shown here, where we added white oak shelves so that the existing window would center in the white thassos marble wall tile area.  Seen above the window is a custom, 1" heating and air conditioning slot (nothing is worse than standard vents), and a square trimless recessed light fixture.

BREAKFAST ROOM view into Kitchen.

BREAKFAST ROOM view into Kitchen.

MUDROOM

MUDROOM OVERALL:  An existing covered side porch was converted into a new Mudroom.  On the interior we clad the entire room in a painted ship-lap wall panel.  The custom cabinetry at the end of the space was designed so that the custom bronze countertop is incorporated into the window sills and matches a custom farmhouse sink, plumbing fixtures and hardware.  The solid teak benchtop offers a place to sit and take shoes and boots off and also is incorporated into the kids "locker" cabinets.

MUDROOM OVERALL:  An existing covered side porch was converted into a new Mudroom.  On the interior we clad the entire room in a painted ship-lap wall panel.  The custom cabinetry at the end of the space was designed so that the custom bronze countertop is incorporated into the window sills and matches a custom farmhouse sink, plumbing fixtures and hardware.  The solid teak benchtop offers a place to sit and take shoes and boots off and also is incorporated into the kids "locker" cabinets.

MUDROOM CABINETRY DETAIL:  Here is a custom bronze farmhouse sink we had made from one of our fabricators in Texas along with a custom bronze countertop we had made locally. 

MUDROOM CABINETRY DETAIL:  Here is a custom bronze farmhouse sink we had made from one of our fabricators in Texas along with a custom bronze countertop we had made locally. 

MUDROOM STEP DETAIL:  Due to the height to grade and our inability to incorporate a stair down to grade on the exterior, the mudroom needed to have two steps.  For the steps, we mitered together absolute black granite slabs with a bi-directional linen surface that matches, but slightly stands out from the absolute black granite floor tile which has a flamed and brushed surface.

MUDROOM STEP DETAIL:  Due to the height to grade and our inability to incorporate a stair down to grade on the exterior, the mudroom needed to have two steps.  For the steps, we mitered together absolute black granite slabs with a bi-directional linen surface that matches, but slightly stands out from the absolute black granite floor tile which has a flamed and brushed surface.

MISCELLANEOUS SPACES & DETAILS

PANTRY:  After gutting some small, unused storage and pantry closets we were able to open up this walk-in Pantry off the kitchen which incorporates a wet-bar along with storage cabinetry.

PANTRY:  After gutting some small, unused storage and pantry closets we were able to open up this walk-in Pantry off the kitchen which incorporates a wet-bar along with storage cabinetry.

HIS OFFICE (DETAIL):  We ended up gutting an existing dark-wood claustrophobic library and opened it up with clean cabinetry and a simple fireplace surround composed of a dark gray basalt stone and a lighter gray marble surround with a thickened edge detail.

HIS OFFICE (DETAIL):  We ended up gutting an existing dark-wood claustrophobic library and opened it up with clean cabinetry and a simple fireplace surround composed of a dark gray basalt stone and a lighter gray marble surround with a thickened edge detail.

HER OFFICE:  A strange "bonus" room over the garage was converted into this light-filled work space.  This large space accomodates a work area for the home-owner as well as a craft area and play area for the kids.

HER OFFICE:  A strange "bonus" room over the garage was converted into this light-filled work space.  This large space accomodates a work area for the home-owner as well as a craft area and play area for the kids.

FAMILY ROOM FIREPLACE:  An out-of-scale large traditional wood mantle and stone surround were demolished and replaced with a clean, white-oak ship lap wall treatment and a blackened steel surround. 

FAMILY ROOM FIREPLACE:  An out-of-scale large traditional wood mantle and stone surround were demolished and replaced with a clean, white-oak ship lap wall treatment and a blackened steel surround. 

LIVING ROOM FIREPLACE:  The existing traditional mantle and stone surround were stripped from this firebox and replaced with a single 3" thick Statuary Marble Slab and threshold.

LIVING ROOM FIREPLACE:  The existing traditional mantle and stone surround were stripped from this firebox and replaced with a single 3" thick Statuary Marble Slab and threshold.

And there is so much more!  We hope you like the project as much as we have enjoyed designing it.  Check back with us in the Spring of 2018 to see the final result!

General Contractor:  LoParco Associates