Real Estate: A Connecticut Colonial redesigned in Darien
DARIEN — Tucked on the private Timber Lane, a classic five-bedroom center hall offers a blend of sophistication with an air of ease.
The property is sited on 2.45 park-like flat acres with stunning perennial gardens, a pergola-covered bluestone terrace and classic New England stone walls.
The classically designed Connecticut Colonial was redesigned in 2003 by Nina Cuccio-Peck Architecture & Interior, an Old Lyme-based architect. The 1950s home has been carefully blended to create a seamless transition of old and new.
The current owners added onto the back of the house, adding a custom designed kitchen and family room, in addition to a well-equipped mudroom with a powder room and laundry room on the first floor.
Inside, much of the original footprint of the 4,800-square-foot home has been preserved, unfolding in classic center hall design with a front-to-back foyer with a hand-painted diamond check floor.
At right of entry is a formal living room, with plenty of natural light from its French doors leading out to the terrace and soft accents like its Sterling Blue hue, crown molding and wood burning fireplace with a white brick surround.
Just off the living room is a cozy library with walls of built-in bookshelves and access to a screened porch perfect for a couple of Adirondack chairs and a side table to enjoy in warmer months.
A formal dining room, with classic crown and chair rail moldings, includes an attached butler’s pantry with glass cabinetry for displaying stemware, a Subzero beverage refrigerator, Asko dishwasher and a hammered copper sink.
Just before the kitchen is a tucked-away workstation lending itself as a convenient command center or homework area hidden behind sliding pocket doors.
ABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 3 Timber Lane
YEAR BUILT: 1953
YEAR RENOVATED: 2003
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 4,867
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 10
FULL BATH: 3
HALF BATH: 1
NOTABLE FEATURES: Two-car attached garage, three fireplaces, bluestone terrace, pergola, pool site, butler’s pantry, mudroom,
SCHOOLS: Ox Ridge, Middlesex Middle School, Darien High School
The custom designed kitchen features heavily detailed crown moldings, well-designed white cabinetry outfitted with polished nickel hardware and a center island with a cherry bar top for everyday seating.
Appliances include a six burner Dacor range with a satin nickel pot filler, a Subzero refrigerator and an Asko dishwasher.
The eat-in kitchen features a central area for everyday dining with a built-in china hutch for storing serveware that doubles as a partition separating the kitchen from the family room.
A light-filled family room features clean white paneling, a wood-burning fireplace flanked by built-in window seats and shelving for displaying collections and French doors leading to an outdoor terrace with a pergola.
A lower level offers an additional 600 square feet of space lending itself as a great playroom or recreational space.
On the second floor, much of the home’s original footprint has remained the same with four guest bedrooms, one of which includes its own en suite bath with sea foam blue glass tile accents.
The master suite includes his and hers walk in closets, a wood burning fireplace and a lovely en suite bath with a dual Carrara marble vanity with polished nickel faucets and pretty arched mirrors, a sunken air bubbler tub and a frameless glass Carrara marble tiled shower.