This lakefront house in Connecticut was built on the footprint of an old summer cottage. The new structure maintains much of the character of the original but with significant improvements: west-facing windows with dramatic views of the lake, three open porches for outdoor living, a stairway that wraps around the two-story brick fireplace, and energy-efficient mechanical systems. A subtle play of open and intimate spaces makes the house seem much larger than its 1900 square feet. The modest size allowed for the use of high-quality materials: cedar shingles, a granite-veneer foundation that complements the stone retaining walls on the site, porches made of durable Ipe wood harvested from sustainable forests, and Brazilian cherry floors with in-floor radiant heat. The interior is painted in soothing warm greens and grays, reflecting the colors of the stone and plant life outdoors. The design is environmentally sensitive: site drainage was engineered to minimize runoff into the lake, and construction was undertaken in such a manner as to preserve the existing mature laurels and pine trees.
15 Bokum Road
Essex, CT 06426

P: 860-767-2378