Custom Home, Greenwich, CT
Project type: Single family home
Floor area: 4000 Sq Ft
Completion date: 2018
Architect: Brad DeMotte, R.A.
There’s been a recent trend in Greenwich, with people moving out of the “backcountry” & wanting to be closer to town within walking distance of the train, restaurants & shopping. Certain areas of town lend themselves to 2 family houses, so given the lot size & shape we designed 2 townhouses end to end.
Each townhouse is designed for “empty-nesters” but could easily work for a family, with 4 en-suite bedrooms, a finished basement & an elevator between all 3 floors.
The exterior of the townhouses are traditionally designed with brick veneer, synthetic slate roof, copper roofs & carriage style garage doors.
This 2 family house is a real fixer-upper as it was bought as a foreclosure from a bank & is in a state of disrepair. The intention is to remove all walls & the roof down to the first floor subfloor, then rebuild the first floor and another story above that.The first floor will now have a much more open floor plan, with a new deck being built off to the side instead of the rear. The upper floor will consist of a master bedroom suite, with a large unfinished attic space being on the same level being easily accessible. The existing basement will be completely gutted & remodeled, with the plan essentially remaining the same except that the kitchen will now be open to the living room.
The exterior will be finished with fiber cement lap siding, PVC trim, asphalt shingle roofing, synthetic decking & Andersen windows.
This is a spec house currently being designed on a 3/4 acre lot. It’s designed as a “modern farmhouse”, being very clean with very simple detailing. Exterior materials will be cedar shingle siding, PVC trim, asphalt shingle roofing & Andersen windows with appropriate 2 over 2 grilles.
This is a fairly typical project in Rye these days, as well as in many other towns……an outdated house built in the 50’s in a very desirable neighborhood. The homeowners wanted to remodel both floors, enlarge the house slightly & improve the curb appeal of the house.
Both the first floor & second floor were heavily remodeled & the exterior was completely transformed. A second story addition above the garage & a front porch are the 2 most dramatic things done to improve the curb appeal of the house, along with new siding, roofing, gutters, shutters, windows & doors. The existing rear deck was removed & replaced with a bluestone terrace along with a covered porch to create more outdoor living space.