Architecture
NCHS Modern House Day Tour + Symposium

NCHS Modern House Day Tour + Symposium

A Modern Mix: Art + Architecture – a full day experience of the integration and synergy of Art in the Modern home, a biennial event hosted by the New Canaan Historical Society, will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The house tour and symposium offers a rare glimpse...

Gracious living on the Old Greenwich waterfront

Editor’s note: In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the homeowners report that although the rising water covered their pool and a number of trees on the property blew over, the house itself sustained no damage. After living in central Greenwich with their young daughters for a couple of years, Keri and Kevin decided they wanted...
New book profiles energy-independent homes across the country

New book profiles energy-independent homes across the country

Sheri Koones, an award-winning author from Greenwich, released this month her latest book “Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home,” published by Abrams. In the book, Koones profiles more than 30 of the most energy-efficient homes in the United States. The book is described as a “user-friendly guide” revealing...
'Meet the Professionals' home improvement speed dating at The Discovery Museum

‘Meet the Professionals’ home improvement speed dating at The Discovery Museum

Anyone looking to make home improvements dreams of finding just the right architect, contractor or designer to bring their ideas to life. But how to make the right match? It’s almost as hard as dating. First impressions matter; most people know right away if they want to work with someone or not. Now get that...

‘Dine with Design’ in its second year at Glass House

The Philip Johnson Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has announced the second annual Dine with Design, Saturday, June 9, at the famed house in New Canaan. There are two offerings this year. From noon to 3, the Modern Picnic provides an opportunity to sample dishes prepared by six award-winning...
Exploring how antique homes are saved

Exploring how antique homes are saved

An exhibit now running at the Wilton Historical Society details how antique homes have been preserved, protected and restored over the years. In the exhibit, Building A Future from the Past, which opened in March and runs through October, the Wilton Historical Society at 224 Danbury Road and a team of 11 architecture firms from...
Ridgefield builders team up with work and kids

Ridgefield builders team up with work and kids

Ridgefield builders Roger Provey and Simon White have a lot in common. Not only do they share a similar vision of building high quality, energy efficient homes, the two single dads also swap child care, play dates, and attendance at their children’s many sports and other activities. Mr. Provey founded Designs by Artisans in 1978...
The vision of three equals one award-winning home

The vision of three equals one award-winning home

Architect Amanda Martocchio has been winning awards, one after the other recently, for her skillful merging of beautiful, livable homes with the most efficient, energy-saving construction. Her style is classic contemporary — clean lines, nature-sensitive design and interiors that are made-to-order for each client — whether it be for growing families or for a serene...
Green Energy Systems

Green Energy Systems

According to builder Stewart Lade, the majority of houses built before 1990 in Fairfield County have energy and moisture problems: mold, leaky roof, inefficient heating systems, water in the basement, inadequate insulation, rotting trim, loose siding, chimney air leakage. The older the home, the more problems. These houses are not tear-downs, they are being lived...
Art Appreciation

Art Appreciation

Late last fall, a roofing contractor slipped a pre-printed postcard in our mailbox. “Hi,” the card read. “I was driving by your house recently and couldn’t help but notice that your roof is really starting to show its age,” or something to that effect. Naturally, the contractor would be happy to come out and give...
The Woodruff House

The Woodruff House

It’s hard to believe that the Woodruff home in Rye, N.Y., is located where once a small 1970s ranch stood. Perhaps for half an hour, Lee and Bob Woodruff considered the possibility of a renovation, but the house was sinking into the ground.