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Darien

  • 2009 HOBI Award Winner - Best Custom Home 6,000-8,000 Sq Ft

    Description

The initial assignment with this client was in a consulting capacity.  They wanted advice on selecting a spec house to buy in their current neighborhood. After considering numerous houses but nothing that fit the bill, they decided to build their dream home and signed on Karp Associates.

Our team secured a tear down lot in their existing neighborhood with mature trees on a level 1½ acres.  The first important requirement for the architectural and site team members was to give the house ample interior space while maintaining an elegant and gracious exterior.  At the same time, they needed to be considerate of the massing of the house in relation to the neighborhood.  They tailored the rooflines with well-placed hips and dormers, as well as meticulously placed the house on the lot to achieve this goal.

The client also wanted to maintain their large, old copper beech trees in order to convey an established look about the property.  Adding to the challenge was to maximize the lawn space so their kids could play ball at home.  The interior displayed a rich mixture of classic, but not ornate, elements.  The formal areas were bedecked with quarter-sawn flooring, wood paneling and mahogany handrails.  A mahogany front door accented the foyer, along with the clean lines of cast iron balusters. And, a 20-foot high barrel vaulted ceiling with arched beams and cove lighting added elegance to a spacious, yet comfortable family room.

The formal areas were bedecked with quarter-sawn flooring, wood paneling and mahogany handrails. Arnold Karp