Small kitchen improvements that maximize functionality

Many homeowners wish for expansive kitchens. Modernized kitchens that include sought after features and showcase the latest trends go a long way to improving the overall value of a home. As desirable as such kitchens may be, some homes simply don’t have enough space for a centerfold-worthy kitchen featuring an island, wine refrigerator and walk-in … Read more

Modern pools have all the bells and whistles

This is not your grandma’s pool. While the typical backyard pool years ago was a plain rectangle — simple in form and look — today’s pool is sleek and usually custom-made. Shape choices are nearly limitless, and with options ranging from adjoined hot tubs to adding waterfalls and fountains and colorful lighting, the family pool … Read more

BPC wins Housing Innovation award

Local custom home builder BPC Green Builders of Wilton recently received the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 “Housing Innovation Award” in the category of Custom Homes (for Buyers), for the fourth time in five years. The DOE’s Housing Innovation Awards recognizes the nation’s most innovative builders who are taking housing to the next level of … Read more

A mark of distinction

While many architects have certain design signatures, Mark P. Finlay AIA of Southport is not one of them. In fact, he says, “I don’t like it if people can tell I did it. I don’t like to leave fingerprints.” For more than 30 years his eponymous, award-winning, full-service architectural and interior design firm has been … Read more

Vroom!

I bought a truck in 2010. It was the first new car I had purchased since 1984. Unlike how I treated that car two decades earlier, I have been a diligent owner — oil changes, checkups, all those things that are recommended by the manufacturer. For almost 100,000 miles this truck has been a team … Read more

DIY Network showcases homes’ untapped potential in ‘Amazing Space’

Wasted space is a burden of the past in DIY Network’s new series Amazing Space, premiering Wednesday, July 12, at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Starring contractor Eric Griffin, the series follows this “found space” specialist as he unmasks the true potential of overlooked areas in homes for clients who need additional room. The … Read more

Home improvements that increase home value

When granite countertops or shiny stainless steel appliances beckon homeowners from the display areas of home improvement stores, it’s tempting to gear remodeling thoughts toward the items that will add flair and decorative appeal to a home. Even though most improvements add some measure of value, deciding which are the best investments can be difficult. … Read more

The benefits of hiring a landscape architect

Hiring a landscape architect may be a smart move for homeowners who are planning major overhauls of their properties. “The Operational Outlook Handbook” defines a landscape architect as “a person who designs parks, outdoor spaces of campuses, recreational facilities, private homes, and other open areas.” Landscape architects typically must be licensed and many hold degrees … Read more

CMG’s Passive House mixes energy efficiency with stunning architecture

New Canaan-based Construction Management Group's four-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot house is a semi-glass structure situated on a cliff overlooking Ponus Ridge and New Canaan Land Trust open space.

Sponsored Content: Several years ago, Salvatore Zarrella was reading a trade magazine when he came across a story entitled “Green Without Gizmos.” The article described Passive House, an exacting standard for building energy-efficient homes that had begun in earnest in Germany in the 1990s. “It was transformative for me,” said Zarrella, a Stamford native and … Read more

Good things come in small packages

  Go big or go home may be a popular catchphrase, but Sherri Koones says, ‘think small, smart, and prefabulous.’ “Some people still want big houses, but there’s a growing population that wants to keep life simpler. Having a small house requires less maintenance, smaller gas and electric bills, and a cozier environment,” says Koones, … Read more