The rustic character of our Fairfield Farmhouse emerges with installation of its standing seam metal roof, board-and-batten siding on the bedroom wing, and natural cedar on the barn. But there’s still plenty of work to be done—inside and out—before this house is move-in ready.
Sited about 22 feet above the road, the house takes advantage of its unimpeded view of Long Island Sound with a balcony off the second floor and three triple 8-ft. window units on the south wall of the barn-like great room. The center unit contains a patio door.
The last of the prefinished Western Red Cedar siding goes up on the barn wing, which projects just enough to form an entry courtyard on the side of the house. Tucking the front door and garage entry on the side gives the house the look of a vintage agricultural building when viewed from the road. Architectural roof shingles on the bedroom wing are engineered to withstand both wind and algae growth, critical in this coastal climate.
Stone Veneer Meets Cedar Siding
The use of 1 1/2-inch thick stone veneer over the concrete foundation enabled the builder to create a crisp, clean line where it meets the barn’s cedar siding. A thin strip of copper flashing protects the stone from water infiltration.
Siding: Western Red Cedar, prefinished by Ring’s End
Recessed Lights in a Cathedral Ceiling
Mold-resistant drywall goes up on the ceiling of the great room, which has been insulated with closed-cell spray foam. Circles cut in the drywall indicate the location of can lights and audio speakers for the integrated sound system. The structural beams will be dressed up with an oak veneer.
Sun Tunnels Brighten a Long Hall
Sun tunnels admit ample light along the length of a hallway that runs from the entry foyer across the house to a door leading to the plunge pool. Because it abuts the garage foundation, the wall on the left needed to be built out slightly to accommodate some electrical conduit, thus providing an opportunity for two display recesses that add interest to the space.
Toasty Mudroom/Laundry Room
A tile floor warmed with electric-radiant heat will make this combination mudroom-laundry room warm as toast. Here, a crew member routes the heating cable through an integrated uncoupling membrane that simplifies installation now and prevents tiles from cracking later.
Floor Warming: Schluter-Systems
An Outdoor Shower after Soaking in the Sun
Stone veneer mounted on masonry board creates an outdoor shower with a natural vibe. Planks of the same engineered wood siding used on the house will be used to build a privacy enclosure.
The 3,700-square-foot house is heated by three furnaces equipped with variable-speed blowers and filtering technology that removes up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles for healthier indoor air. Two of the units are located in the basement and one is in the second-floor mechanical room, optimizing air flow to each zone of the house.
A Stone Retaining Wall Keeps Everything in Place
Masons construct a retaining wall to hold back a slope behind the house. Behind the wall is a propane tank that will fuel the home’s furnaces, cooking appliances, and generator.
An excavator and sub-compact tractor arrive to help with a variety of tough tasks around the property.
Digging a Trench
An excavator makes easy work of digging a trench that will eventually house the gas line to the fire pit.
A Spacious Great Room
Mold-resistant drywall in the barn’s great room is taped and compounded and ready for priming. The initial framing for the kitchen’s 5-by-10 foot island can be seen in the lower left.
Primed for Paint
Primed with a unique paint imported from Ireland, the great room takes on the nostalgic look of a whitewashed country barn. The black frames of the tall casement windows and door unit blend in perfectly with the agricultural vibe.
Built-in Bunks are a Bonus
Four built-in bunks in the center of the second floor provide plenty of extra room for guests. The door on the left leads to a second-floor deck with water views.
Patio Door, Windows: Marvin