Photograph by Keith Scott Morton and Eric Richards
Like a display in a boutique, this 19th-century New England farmhouse sits perched atop a hill. Once a 1940s cape, the now renovated home became the framework for an ambitious newlywed couple’s dream home on a stunning Fairfield County property.
“Every time I drive by, I fall in love with it again,” notes Jack Shostak, owner of Shostak Construction. “It’s not incredibly massive, and yet it captures your eye.” A large part of this effect, says Shostak, is the result of incorporating a front porch built in locally sourced wood, as it would have been nearly 200 years ago. Fir flooring on the porch, custom mahogany fasciae and clapboard siding supplement the second-floor addition to define a clear entrance point. Although the design schema of Browning Residential Design aligned with traditional farmhouse structures, according to Shostak, it was the attention to detail that made the straightforward structure so engaging. “It’s just simple lines, not incredible amounts of detail,” says Shostak. “But the detail put into it was done with a purpose. The molding, the window casings, it’s all very substantial.”Additional Resources:
Architecture, Browning Residential Design
. Landscape design, Oliver Nurseries and Design Associates
. Structural engineer, David Kufferman, PE Structural Engineers
. Cabinetry (throughout), Wallace Company Woodworking, LLC.