Soper Babcock Associates was retained by a young couple to redesign and expand their modest colonial style home in the beach community of Fairfield, Connecticut. The existing home not only lacked adequate space for a growing family but was also devoid of a desirable architectural identity. A two-story Gambrel roofed addition replaces much of the original structure that was situated left of the existing front door and entrance hall.
From the exterior, the addition succeeds in providing a charming streetscape focal point as well as a pleasing hierarchy of building massing between the new and original structures. A new entrance landing with barrel vaulted portico above, provides needed shelter upon arrival and adds to the overall cohesion of the street facade.
The open floor plan of the addition encompasses a new family room with a dedicated billiards area and a step up breakfast room. The new spaces, in turn, open onto the existing kitchen creating a large family gathering and entertainment common area. The balance of new first floor spaces include a powder room, laundry/mudroom and rear entry vestibule. The second floor of the addition encompasses a Gambrel cathedral ceiling master bedroom with spacious bathroom and his/hers walk in closet.