As an interior designer living in New England, I visit many homes on the shoreline in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. Most of the homes were in need of updating especially those that were originally summer cottages. They are usually smaller in size and located on modest or even tiny lots. Clients frequently ask
“What can we do with this place? Add on? Tear down? Get creative to make it work for our family? “ Something about the beach, waves, sand and surf is addictive.
As a newcomer to living on the shore, I must admit that although my days are jam packed (like most people), there is something calming and inspiring to watch the sun rise over the water. Even a short walk on the beach at the end of a tough day can put things in perspective.
I recently visited a home in Madison, Connecticut. Madison is a charming New England town that is quite busy during the summer months and has continued to attract many year round residents in the past 10 years. The home was located in a very desirable part of town with a very nice beach and fabulous views.
As I approached the property, I immediately felt the history. The home was a nice size, appeared in good condition and positioned on an oversized lot (very rare) with mature trees. There were definitely barbecues in this beautiful yard after a day at the beach. I would not be surprised if there was a swing or hammock hanging from one of the very large chestnut trees in the yard. For some reason, images of families in the neighborhood gathering for croquet, lemonade and late night bonfires on the beach immediately came to mind.
The home (built in the 1940’s) showed its age and history with obvious updates in the 50’s and 60’s. Somehow it stopped there and not much has been done until now! As part of a new team ready to give this home the much needed updating and TLC it needs. We will blend the history with today’s lifestyle to make this home a special haven for the next family. The perfect place to make their own history!
Progress is being made with our talented architect to make the necessary structural changes to take advantage of the beautiful views….