See this traditional English cottage with an ultra-modern enlargement

Ali Topan

Over the course of about 5 winters, with their three younger, rambunctious boys in tow, architects Sarah Jefferys and Stewart Osborne would depart their Brooklyn, N.Y., dwelling for Cornwall, Conn., renting a weekend getaway. Feeling as if transported to a different universe with Mohawk Mountain Ski Space and a lake for ice skating close by, they fell in love with the Litchfield Hills’ bucolic setting and its magical change of tempo.

“I remembered Cornwall from visiting as a toddler, and pondering, ‘What a quaint place,’ ” says Jefferys, who grew up in England, including that the world resembles the English countryside with its rolling hills and stone partitions. “My dad and mom used to reside in India, and we’d go to Cornwall with their pricey pals — the spouse is Indian, and the husband is American with a sister who lived in Cornwall.”

Jefferys and Osborne needed a trip dwelling of their very own, however with their busy schedules and their now-teenage boys enjoying baseball and touring to video games, they determined to search for a spot with their household pals’ son — Jefferys’ lifelong buddy — who continues to go to Cornwall together with his circle of relatives, however lives full-time in Delhi, India. Regardless of scarce actual property turnover within the space, they discovered a small, charming, three-bedroom stone cottage with attractive mountain views and unbelievable potential.

See this traditional English cottage with an ultra-modern enlargement

An architect’s merged imaginative and prescient of an English-style stone cottage and a contemporary addition has come to life within the Northwest Hills.

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“I initially didn’t need to see it,” remembers Jefferys, who owns Sarah Jefferys Structure + Interiors, primarily based in Manhattan’s SoHo district and Cornwall. “However I used to be getting pissed off with the dearth of stock, so we went to have a look. After seeing it, we fell in love instantly. The views are beautiful. And we realized that we may remodel it into one thing actually lovely.” 

The 2 households put a suggestion on it the subsequent day. After a couple of yr of having fun with the house as is, Jefferys and her husband, principal and chief operations officer at NAVA Companions, an structure and actual property growth firm, had been able to marry the 1948 English-style stone cottage with an ultra-modern, passive dwelling addition. And their buddy/co-owner of the home gave them full rein to go in regards to the design as they noticed match. 

A bedroom in the original stone cottage has a clean, contemporary feel that still has a rustic vibe to match the structure and wooded setting.

A bed room within the unique stone cottage has a clear, modern really feel that also has a country vibe to match the construction and wooded setting.

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“My husband and I labored collectively on designing our Brooklyn townhouse, which was difficult as a result of we had infants on the time,” says Jefferys. “However the Cornwall dwelling, whereas difficult, was simpler. He was extra inclined to maintain throughout the New England vernacular pitched roof, the place I needed a really fashionable addition that was in complete distinction to the present construction. At one level, he went a complete completely different course with a glass field, which was lovely, however not very sensible by way of livability and sustainability. So, ultimately, we got here up with a mix of each of our designs.” 

Accomplished in 2021, the brand new home is a dramatic union of outdated and new that maximizes pure gentle and beckons within the lush panorama of the property and surrounding Mohawk Mountain State Park. Hermetic and that includes a completely insulated constructing envelope utilizing high-performance, triple-pane Ikon home windows, the addition’s energy-efficient development saves 60 to 70 p.c of heating and cooling utilization in comparison with typical code-compliant buildings within the U.S., in line with the homeowners. A minimal heating and cooling system is used together with warmth emissions from home equipment and occupants to assist hold the house at a cushty and constant indoor temperature.

You couldn’t ask for a better view than the one you get here brushing your teeth or soaking in the tub.

You couldn’t ask for a greater view than the one you get right here brushing your tooth or soaking within the tub.

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The outdated cottage is now extra vitality environment friendly and sustainable. Insulation was added below new pine flooring, porcelain flooring on the entry, and wherever partitions and ceilings had been opened up. And whereas they considered changing all of the home windows within the cottage with triple-pane home windows like these within the new addition, they couldn’t deliver themselves to take action — “the home windows had been simply too lovely and historic.” As a substitute, storm home windows are used within the winter and some greater cutouts of glass had been added. A brand new heating system was additionally put in, in addition to an on-demand scorching water heater. 

The trendy addition flows with the outdated construction, each in and out. The outside options weathered cypress wooden comparable in shade to the stone. Inside, the stone cottage and addition grow to be one the place the unique stone den, which options teal-and-gold David Hicks honeycomb wallpaper, uncovered joists, and an outdated fire, meets the brand new fashionable kitchen. This connection is a celebrated first-floor focus of the house created to maximise views whereas bridging the differing ceiling heights between the outdated and new constructions. The second flooring aren’t related. 

“Glass sliding doorways totally retract so that you will be within the kitchen, however really feel such as you’re outdoors in nature,” says Jefferys. “I like clear traces, fashionable design, large expanses of glass, and when the boundaries between exterior and inside grow to be blurred.”

The light, modern kitchen, with large-format windows offerings countryside views, is where the two wings of the structure come together. 

The sunshine, fashionable kitchen, with large-format home windows choices countryside views, is the place the 2 wings of the construction come collectively. 

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There’s a transparency to the house’s design, which was knowledgeable by the panorama and views. The second flooring cantilevers over the outside deck, permitting views by your entire property. Giant, nook glass home windows upstairs in the principle and visitor bedrooms make it really feel such as you’re in the midst of the forest, says Jefferys. A bath sits instantly in entrance of one of many upstairs home windows.

The light, modern kitchen, with large-format windows offerings countryside views, is where the two wings of the structure come together. 

The sunshine, fashionable kitchen, with large-format home windows choices countryside views, is the place the 2 wings of the construction come collectively. 

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“Rising up in London, I had an unbelievable artwork historical past and structure trainer and fell in love with fashionable structure,” remembers Jefferys. “I additionally studied in Paris for a yr and noticed how the Europeans complement the outdated with fashionable fantastically.”

Visits to India along with her dad and mom additionally had an enduring influence. It’s right here the place she developed an appreciation for historic historical past, structure and vivid colours. Whereas she works to create minimalist areas, her designs additionally are likely to have pops of shade, which make for a vibrant, cozy dwelling. 

A number of furnishings are from Fabindia, which makes use of sustainable practices to create handmade merchandise by craftspeople throughout rural India. Colourful rugs, window coverings, and cushion covers all through the home full each the outdated and new areas, every having inner staircases main as much as two-bedroom, two-bathroom wings. The distinctive architectural design is the best setup for 2 households to share, however nonetheless have privateness. Every wing additionally has its personal lounge, however then there’s a kitchen to collect. 

This living room (one of two) is another example of mixing old and new, with country-style built-ins and wooden ceiling beams playing with vibrant fabrics.

This lounge (one in every of two) is one other instance of blending outdated and new, with country-style built-ins and picket ceiling beams enjoying with vibrant materials.

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“I’m so enthusiastic about design. I may design for hours,” says Jefferys. “If it’s your individual, you’ll be able to go on ceaselessly and by no means name it completed. However I had a robust imaginative and prescient of what I needed.”


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