The care taken with a lovely addition to 75 Glen Drive in New Canaan serves it well. This mid-size 1960s Colonial has a standard elegance, but the clever design in a grand kitchen and living area at the back make it much more special -- larger and inviting.
The house sits on a hill near the end of a private cul-de-sac. At the top of the driveway is the two-car garage, with the main entrance overlooking the road far below.
The pristine condition of the building is immediately apparent when you enter. The lower ceiling of the period gives it comfort and warmth. To the left of the entry hall is the formal dining room and to the right is the formal living room space with fireplace. Both rooms eventually circle to the back of the house, with an office and playroom, respectively, set on the west side. It's a comfortable, usable set of rooms.
But when you reach the back, on the north side, that's where an entirely new experience -- as designed by architect David Dumas -- occurs. From the formal living room, where French doors give a first view out to the extensively redesigned backyard, one enters a clever den area, with built-in bookshelves and a grand sense of privacy, though it remains part of the larger room design.
From here, the large living space extends along hardwood floor, up the vaulted ceiling, across to the fireplace and out onto the back patio. All around this combined kitchen-living space are unique, stylish accessories.
Several examples of Nakashima oak counters have been constructed, along with a brilliant glass window off one side of the kitchen. There is a built-in refrigerator encased in stone at the center of the room. Magnificent brass sheets are atop one wall, which is over a built-in counter space -- a welcome example of artistic design for its own sake. One short wall is also entirely composed of cork -- a family-friendly touch that adds to the spirit of this inviting residence.
Throughout this tasteful space is a wealth of light and breathing room, accentuated by the skylights, large windows and French doors.
The back patio features an outdoor fireplace. Along with the privacy of the location, there are careful, detailed landscaping extras. The care outdoors reflects the addition, which from the patio shows itself as a mock cottage facade and plays an exquisite trick with space.
Upstairs, the four bedrooms offer ample room and are kept comfortable with new windows. There are more special touches upstairs, too, such as a large linen closet with its own window.
A pull-down attic has more storage, as does the sizable unfinished basement.
For more information or to make an appointment to see the house, contact Lawrence Sullivan of Halstead Property at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-952-3185.