Tour a Waterfront Guilford Home That Captures the Coast’s Timeless Beauty

Endless Marvin windows enhance exquisite views at this cliffside new build.
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Photograph by Megan Diehr

On the coast in Guilford, Connecticut, a sublime home was created with the utmost thought and care. Previously, the property held a small, seasonal home that was purchased in the 1960s by the current owner’s father. Spending summers there as a family, the property was eventually gifted to the son. While the waterfront site was perfect with its splendid views across to the Thimble Islands, the new owners decided rebuilding was best.

This retreat is brand-new yet exudes effortless New England elegance as if it was always meant to be here. Making the masterpiece was a journey of discovery and involved a handful of experts.

Ring’s End, a renowned Connecticut-based lumber and building materials retailer, supplied many exquisite materials. Nathan J. Topf Architect, LLC designed the home’s architecture, Forehand + Lake crafted the interior design, and Barry Ertelt of Hallmark Associates handled the construction. All this talent came together to create a spectacular result for the client.

When walking the land for the first time, architect Nathan J. Topf was captivated. The steep sloping of the site down to the water felt reminiscent of northern Italy and the views of Lake Como. But, this inspiring terrain also came with its challenges. Being a narrow cliffside, without room for a crane and an extreme grade, significant blasting by builder Barry Ertelt was required in order for the property to meet geological standards.

Now, the home sits securely on a solid ledge with no movement or settlement whatsoever. Important for any coastal residence, it is ready for the worst, too. It can withstand 130 mph wind loads and an earthquake of a magnitude 5.5.

Tour A Waterfront Guilford Home That Captures The Coasts Timeless Beauty Window

Photograph by Nate Topf, (Nathan J. Topf Architect, LLC)

But since most days here are simply breezy and beautiful, maximizing the views was also a top priority. From this inspiration, Ring’s End brought their expertise. Versatile and durable Marvin windows supplied by Ring’s End enhance the coastal vistas so the timeless beauty of the landscape is always in sight. Energy efficiency was achieved at the same time. With a commercial-grade low-E coating on the windows, it costs less than $30 per day to heat, cool, and light the home. Marvin windows even feature motorized venting.

Ring’s End also provided the door hardware, like adding the last touch of jewelry to a great outfit. Meanwhile, the Ring’s End Mill Shop crafted the exterior mahogany trim and the Veneer Grade Black Walnut milled into crown and moldings. It’s clear to see it is all about the details here.

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Photograph by Megan Diehr

This waterfront home evolved organically, built on teamwork and an understanding of the uniqueness of the site. The owners now have something new that reflects their vision, but still holds family roots and memories.

Kel Tyler, Senior Vice President of Ring’s End, shares of working with the builder, “Barry is a longtime Ring’s End customer whose craftsmanship is impeccable. He seamlessly blends classical style with modern conveniences and efficiencies in this remarkable home. We are proud to be a part of this inspired project.”

As the largest retailer of both Marvin windows and doors and Benjamin Moore paint in the Northeast, Ring’s End continues to expand and evolve as an industry leader. To learn more about Ring’s End and work with them on your home projects, visit