A Design-Savvy Couple Reimagines Their 1940s Dutch Colonial in Norwalk
As industry professionals, the pair was inspired by favorite past projects to blend European flair with modern twists.
When designers, architects, or builders renovate their own homes, it’s a special affair. They get to embrace their personal style completely. But perhaps most importantly, they can use their industry knowledge and past experiences to guarantee a smooth process and unrivaled quality.
In Connecticut, a 1940s Dutch Gambrel-style Colonial provided the perfect place for a pair of industry professionals to let their creativity flow. The couple wanted to expand and update their Norwalk home while staying true to the original architectural style. Over the years, they have worked extensively with Ring’s End on behalf of their clients. So, when the time came to begin their own remodeling project, naturally, they trusted Ring’s End to supply the highest quality materials and building expertise.
As a third-generation, family-run business dating back to 1902, Ring’s End is guided by a tradition of service and a commitment to innovation. The materials they supply always sing, and this newly refreshed abode is a stunning stage.
The home is ideal for entertaining with an expanded kitchen and outdoor oasis, beautifully landscaped and complete with a pool and patio, outdoor kitchen, putting green, and fire pit. It is picture-perfect from afar, but even more exquisite upon further inspection. Appropriate for a Dutch Colonial, the home with interiors designed by Rebecca Vulcano now boasts a balance of European flair and modern twists.
When dreaming up their spaces, the couple was inspired to combine favorite elements from various past projects. The high gloss finish of a beautiful Dutch door is one such example. The doors of Holland are some of the most enchanting in the world. With that in mind, the entry door and the garage door feature Fine Paints of Europe’s Hollandlac Brilliant Gloss Enamel. Both doors wear the color Silverblade from their Classic European Color Collection, giving them a mirror-like finish. Shoreline Painting & Drywall executed the application.
Another distinctive finish, Kolcaustico Venetian Plaster, was applied to the walls in the family room by the same luxury residential fine finishers, Shoreline Painting & Drywall. Ring’s End helped the couple create paint customizations, tinting Benjamin Moore Horizon 1478 at 50% to foster a subtle, elegant atmosphere.
As you walk through the house, there is also a sublime connection to the outdoors everywhere you look. Thermal French Doors by Simpson shine in the family room with full-view clear insulated glass, serving as the gateway to the couple’s backyard paradise. As well as providing tranquil views of nature, these doors are wonderfully versatile and can accommodate many designs and placements. They can be used for a swing door, with barn track hardware or pivot hardware, in a slider system, and have many other applications for a home’s exterior.
The design-savvy homeowners selected the windows in a similar thoughtful manner, with Ring’s End always there to offer their respected expertise. Old windows were replaced with sleek, energy-efficient Marvin windows from the Elevate collection with Low E2 insulated glass. The Marvin Elevate™ Collection balances style and performance needs with remarkable design and superior strength. The black finish on the interior and exterior of the windows is a stunning contrast against Benjamin Moore Horizon 1478, the color of choice throughout the home in various shades and finishes.
In the kitchen, this window selection combined with clean lines gives the room a modern edge. The black chairs and lightning bolt-esque pendant build upon the black and white contrast, adding just the right amount of glamour and drama. To top it off, the Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant Gloss Enamel on the kitchen ceiling creates a stunning sheen.
Outside, one would never know such modern spaces await. This was intentional as preserving the character of the Gambrel-style roofline was important to the couple. They worked with architect Kevin Poole to expand the second story without disrupting the Gambrel line.
The home’s asphalt roof was also replaced with #1 grade pressure-treated western red cedar shingles, giving the exterior a beautiful, one-of-a-kind look. Aside from aesthetics, the advantages of a cedar roof are many, including longevity and naturally insulating properties which can help save on heating and cooling bills.
With Ring’s End’s expertise, the couple’s dreams became a reality, and it was oh-so-effortless. The updated Dutch Colonial not only appeals to the owners’ design sensibilities and lifestyle preferences but exceeds their quality standards. This stylish remodel will keep them happy for many years to come.
Ring’s End promises exceptional quality and service every time. Based in Connecticut, the lumber and building materials retailer serves their home state as well as parts of Rhode Island and New York. To get to know the brand further and see all they have to offer, visit ringsend.com.