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July 5, 2021

Step Inside a Connecticut Modern Farmhouse That’s Secretly 300 Years Old

Step Inside a Connecticut Modern Farmhouse That’s Secretly 300 Years Old

Like so many modern relationships, the New Canaan, Connecticut–based architecture firm Brooks & Falotico and their soon-to-be client, Tyler Mitchell, met through social media. Mitchell, a partner and co-owner of Mitchells, his family’s generations-old retail business, and his wife stumbled upon an über-contemporary project by Brooks & Falotico on Pinterest. Only a few weeks later, Mitchell invited managing partner Vince Falotico and one of the firm’s partners, Chuck Willette, to walk their eight-acre former dairy farm in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“My wife and I found the 18th-century property and thought, ‘Why don’t we restore the existing structures and then build something similar to the [Brooks & Falotico–designed] house we saw and loved on Pinterest?’” Mitchell explains of his modern farmhouse. “The idea was to connect the seams between the farm’s very old, original structures and the new, contemporary ones the architects would add.”

Like so many modern relationships, the New Canaan, Connecticut–based architecture firm Brooks & Falotico and their soon-to-be client, Tyler Mitchell, met through social media. Mitchell, a partner and co-owner of Mitchells, his family’s generations-old retail business, and his wife stumbled upon an über-contemporary project by Brooks & Falotico on Pinterest. Only a few weeks later, Mitchell invited managing partner Vince Falotico and one of the firm’s partners, Chuck Willette, to walk their eight-acre former dairy farm in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“My wife and I found the 18th-century property and thought, ‘Why don’t we restore the existing structures and then build something similar to the [Brooks & Falotico–designed] house we saw and loved on Pinterest?’” Mitchell explains of his modern farmhouse. “The idea was to connect the seams between the farm’s very old, original structures and the new, contemporary ones the architects would add.”

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The property, complete with a two-level barn built in 1730, an original intact silo, and a rustic guest cottage, posed a unique challenge for the architects: “We had to figure out how to build a very contemporary main house that sits on the same property as a 300-year-old barn,” Willette says. What’s more, the only way to get to what would become the ultra-modern home is to drive through the quite bucolic antique barn, so “the transition had to feel cohesive and fluid,” Falotico adds.

Even though Mitchell and his wife wanted the home to feel unique and original to their family, they loved two specific features from the Pinterest project—a field house in New Canaan—so much that they wanted them to be incorporated into their new home. The first was the single-seam metal roof, which “was such a beautiful color in every light that we really had to have it. That was non-negotiable,” Mitchell admits. In fact, he was so obsessed with the glossy charcoal gray hue that he and the architects took roof samples to the New Canaan house to compare them for accuracy. The second feature was the sprawling Marvin windows. “We customized the windows to look pretty similar to the ones we saw on that [New Canaan] project because we really loved the way the home looked from the outside,” Mitchell continues. Plus, both features bridge the gap between the property’s time-honored elements and the super contemporary ones; problem solved.

driveway

Ever the nonconformists, Falotico and Willette designed a unique entrance to the L-shaped home. “We kind of wanted to throw people off with this layout. When you drive down, you’re looking for the front door for a second,” Willette admits. The long drive, which takes guests through the antique barn, opens onto a courtyard with a double-sided fireplace at its center. The fireplace is part of one of the architects’ favorite features of the home: the covered porch. “It’s the ideal place to have huge parties,” Falotico says.


The architects’ second challenge was more creative than logistical: The Mitchells, who had lived in San Francisco for the past 10 years, wanted the interior architecture of their Connecticut home to mimic the open, expansive spaces of Napa, California. “Napa was such a special place for us. It became our sanctuary during the decade we spent in the Bay Area,” Mitchell notes. The architects’ answer? The home’s pièce de résistance: the great room, a sweeping wall-less area that houses two living spaces, an open-concept kitchen, a dining nook, and a wine cellar. The inspiration came from classic Napa wineries. “You’re only really alone when you’re in your bedroom,” Willette jokes. Of course, that’s how the Mitchells wanted their modern farmhouse.

dining nook

Source: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/step-inside-a-connecticut-modern-farmhouse-thats-secretly-300-years-old

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