New England Style Farmhouse
Ward’s longstanding clients purchased an old nursery property adjacent to their own land and engaged him to create a guest house “barn”. Landscape architect Laurie Lewis was brought on to cultivate a “gentleman’s farm” of specimen trees, orchards, vegetable beds, flowering gardens and a scenic vista from the existing 1940’s “Connecticut farmhouse” designed by Gerard Colcord. Ward envisioned a stone farmhouse using authentic 200-year old reclaimed barn beams from Vintage Timberworks with a voluminous central “Great Room” featuring 20’ wide x 10’ tall pocketing French doors that open onto a deck, Olympic size pool, spa and lush gardens. A high glazed cupola bathes the room in warm light throughout the day as the rustic walk-in stone fireplace provides a central focal point for the living room lounge. Ward collaborated with accomplished designer Jeffrey Hitchcock on the interior finishes. This was a good example of how combining an enlightened client with a talented team of designers can result in an exceptional product.
Contractor: Premier General Contractors
Interior Designer: Jeffrey Hitchcock
Landscape Designer: Laurie Lewis
Inspiration & Process
Essential to the functionality of the pool house are a chef’s working farm kitchen with open cabinetry, freestanding stove and a soapstone topped central island with bar height seating. Grey washed barn doors glide open to reveal a vaulted and beamed quilting room with full bath and a vaulted and beamed library/guest room with full bath that bookend the main space.