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Restoring and Rebuilding the 2019 Idea House

Construction is well under way on our 2019 Idea House at New Canaan, CT, with the goal of preserving the historic facade while making way for an all-new home behind it. Here’s a quick update on our progress. You can also follow the transformation in real time; check out our live webcam, here.

Facade Facelift

Photo by cynthia brown studio

Built in 1840, this Greek Revival farmhouse will be transformed by the experts at Karp Associates. Original elements of the facade are being carefully restored, and reused on the historic street-facing portion of the house. Behind the facade, the dilapidated home has been demolished and built anew, with a smaller footprint and modern amenities.

Sheathing: ZIP System

Neglected Gable

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As you can see here, the original gable has weathered years of neglect. While many elements are under restoration, the facade was removed in order to secure the framing and add structural sheathing for compliance with modern building codes.

Exterior Elements

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With sheathing complete and windows installed, it’s time for roofing, siding, and trim.

Roofing: GAF Ultra HD Timberline Shingles

Sheathing: ZIP System

Siding and Trim: LP SmartSide

Light-filled Family Room

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

In the family room, the use of multiple structural steel beams allows for a vast, open living space. Two generous windows will flank a flat-screen television, and fill the room with natural light.

Casement windows: Sierra Pacific

Subflooring: AdvanTech

Smarter Skylights

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Things are looking up in the second-floor breezeway, where a bank of skylights will maximize natural light. These innovative skylights have built-in, remote-control shades that will close automatically when the solar sensor records too much heat infiltration.

Skylights: VELUX No Leak Skylights

Subfloor: AdvanTech

Room with a View

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A deck off the master bedroom sits high above the trees; once outfitted with steel-cable railings, it will offer unobstructed, sweeping views of the quaint town below. French doors will flank a clever see-through indoor/outdoor fireplace.

Subfloor: AdvanTech

Coming Soon:

Windows: Sierra Pacific

Fireplace: Town and Country

Historical Hearth

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

The original beehive oven, once used for both warmth and cooking, will be respectfully restored, and is sure to become a prized feature.

Enhanced Egress

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These ingenious, code-compliant window wells feature an innovative step design that aids egress, and can be landscaped with compact plants or flowers.

Window wells: BILCO ScapeWEL

Speedy Siding

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At the rear of the house, the siding installation is well under way. The ease of installation is made clear by the speed at which the new siding is going up.

Siding and Trim: LP SmartSide

Sheathing and Tape: ZIP System

View from Above

Photo by Jamie Bacco, Karp Associates

The new roof shingles are designed with an enhanced shadow effect for added depth and dimension.

Roofing: GAF Ultra HD Timberline Shingles

Skylights: VELUX No Leak Skylights

Garage in Progress

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

Roofers are at work above the three-car garage, which will be artfully designed by our friends at Garage Living, and tricked out with a handyman’s workshop and car lift for the ultimate auto enthusiast.

Roofing: GAF Ultra HD Timberline Shingles

Garage Doors: Roaring 20's Collection Doors by Fimbel Architectural Door Specialties, courtesy of Ed's Garage Door, installed by Big Guy Garage Doors

Restoration Under Way

Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio

The Karp master carpenters are painstakingly stripping and restoring more than a dozen windows, as well as interior and exterior trim, to retain as much of the original home’s history and charm as possible.