Colonial Renewal

Westport, CT

Colonial style residence circa 1960.
Additions and alterations completed 2009.

Architect: Studio DiBerardino, LLC
Contractor: Celotto Properties, Inc.

Scope of Work:

New two-story wing to accommodate multi-purpose family room with two children's bedroom suites above. Expansion and reconfiguration of existing master bedroom suite. Improvement of façade visual interest including a covered entry porch.

Surprises/Quirks/Restraints:

Expansion of the house was not to encroach on the beautifully landscaped back yard.

Prior to the project, cedar shingle type, vinyl siding had been recently installed on the house as a "green" building strategy.

Façades of the existing house had very little architectural detail.

Construction could not disrupt all of the bedroom areas at the same time.

Solution:

To preserve the landscaped back yard, the major expansion occurred at the left end of the house. The master bedroom suite expansion utilized an existing first floor footprint.

While the vinyl siding clads the new exterior walls, greater detailed roof edges were constructed in wood on both the original house and the additions. To enliven the existing bland façades, window projections and peaked roof forms were added along with a covered porch that highlights the front door.

Construction was phased to allow for continuous use of enough bedrooms and bathrooms for the entire family.

Specialties:

Off-the-shelf exterior trim and mouldings were used to create the rich architectural details of the new façades.

Composite decking was used at the front porch to continue the low maintenance strategy for the house.

Member of:

The American Institute of Architects

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