Georgian-style house in Fairfield, Connecticut
Photo: Laura Moss
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A New Chapter

This 242-year-old Georgian home in Fairfield, Connecticut was built in 1765 by a local cabinetmaker, Justin Hobart. In 1890, a two-story service wing was added directly behind the original box-shaped structure. Around the 1940s or '50s, the kitchen on the ground floor of that wing was updated, and a sunroom extension was added on one side. The changes had been carefully done, but when its new owners purchased it in 2001, there was more work crying out to be tackled.

The couple called on David Raymond, whose design/build firm is known in the area for its historically correct millwork. At first glance, Raymond identified the fundamental problem: no flow. If you wandered from one arm of the space's U-shape to the other—from kitchen to dining room to living room and sunroom—you were obliged to retrace your steps to get back to the kitchen.
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