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August 2014 Home Personality: Homes with Spectacular Gardens

August 2014 Home Personality: Homes with Spectacular Gardens

152 Cheesespring Road, Wilton, Conn. $1,599,000 Elaine Gibbons, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, 203-858-7452 Our feature “Home Personality of the Month” — Landscaping for this four bedroom, 4700 sq. ft. home begins with a 120 foot long boxwood hedge along the driveway that leads to a Williamsburg-inspired front door garden framed by a low, white...
CTGBC green home tour in Westport

CTGBC green home tour in Westport

A home located at 7 Otter Trail, Westport, Conn., will be part of the Connecticut Green Building Council Spring 2014 green homes tour, scheduled for this Saturday, June 14, 12 – 3 p.m. Completed in 2010, the energy efficient house, which was designed by Ridgefield-based Trillium Architects, features a geothermal system, an 8kW PV solar...
Tips for choosing an assisted-living home


Tips for choosing an assisted-living home


Seventy percent of people age 65 and older will need long-term care at some point in their lives, according to a 2014 study by CareScout, a division of Genworth Financial Services. “But that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice their quality of life,” says Peder Johnsen, CEO of Concordis Senior Living, www.concordisseniorliving.com, which owns, operates...
Beyond the garden gate

Beyond the garden gate

Beyond the Garden Gate, the fifth annual home garden tour co-sponsored by the Lewisboro Land Trust and the Lewisboro Garden Club, will be held rain or shine on Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the after party commencing at 3:30. The $35 tour fee will be reduced to $30 if preregistering...
Local towns named "Top Booming Suburbs in America"

Local towns named “Top Booming Suburbs in America”

Trumbull, Westport, Ridgefield and Newtown are among the top booming Connecticut suburbs, according to the “Top Booming Suburbs in America” survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate. The “Booming Suburbs” ranking rated 1,500 communities across the country based on increased year-over-year levels in employment and unemployment percentages below the national norm, along with a range of...
Beyond the garden gate home garden tour

Beyond the garden gate home garden tour

  Beyond the Garden Gate, the fourth annual home garden tour hosted by the Lewisboro Land Trust and the Lewisboro Garden Club, is going to be held Sunday, June 23. The self-guided tour of five private gardens will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with visitors checking in at Onatru Farm Park, 99 Elmwood...
Home Reimagined

Home Reimagined

Beth DeTullio and Julie Mitaro started Centsible Designs in New Canaan in 2009, working with clients throughout Fairfield County. “We target a mid-point market by having transparent, hourly fees with no minimum commitment — creating a high-end look on less than a high-end budget,” Beth says, noting that they also have plenty of experience with...

Part 2: Countertops – can beauty marry function?

The following is a continuation of last month’s Q&A on countertops. To read previous installments of this series, click here. 3)How should the various types of countertops be cared for/cleaned/maintained? Sung Yeung (SY), Manager, Hope Kitchen & Stone Supply, LLC, Bridgeport, (203) 610-6147; www.hopekitchen.com: “Granite and marble need to be sealed every six months to...

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...
Countertops: Can beauty marry function?

Countertops: Can beauty marry function?

A neighbor and I were walking together recently, and she mentioned that she was thinking about replacing her kitchen countertops. She asked me if I knew anything about the options available, what I thought about granite and what would look good with her traditional kitchen. Coincidentally, I was in the middle of writing this article,...
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...
Tackling a Home Renovation: One woman’s story

Tackling a Home Renovation: One woman’s story

In life, there are ways that things “should” be done and ways things tend to get done. This is a story of the latter and some of the things I have learned in the process from renovating my house. After a long period of deferred maintenance — a period that included winter ice dam damage,...
We want to hear from you

We want to hear from you

Do you know someone who owns an outstanding home or property? Do you? Have you ever passed a home or property and wondered what the interior looks like, or the backyard? We are seeking leads, both broad and specific, for potential features on homes in our area and the people who live in them. We...
Four alternatives to consider before throwing out unwanted stuff

Four alternatives to consider before throwing out unwanted stuff

There are many ways to reuse or recycle items that are no longer of use to us in our homes. As residents of Connecticut, reusing or recycling these items can reduce the amount and toxicity of the garbage that is disposed in our state. Some alternatives to disposal that you should think about include: Fix...