A Seaside New England Farm House
A New Old Summertime Home on the Rhode Island Coast
Shingle style, antiques, stone fireplaces for those early Fall evenings, outdoor showers, fresh veggies from the gardens, whitewashed woodwork, shutters, charm… That is the quintessential image we have when thinking of the perfect New England farmhouse.
If you think this is a house built a century ago, you are wrong. This new-old house, designed by Louise Brooks and Vince Falotico of Brooks & Falotico, New Canaan, Ct. ,was built with the same kind of charm and attention to detail found in great old New England farmhouses, but better. All of today’s amenities are here, but the home is designed for good old fashioned living inspired by turn-of-the 19th century style and details.
Open-Living and Dining
This large family can all be in residence at the same time. They wanted a home where they could spread out, yet be together. Unlike older farmhouses that had separate rooms for living and dining this one has an open floor plan with the half walls and columns dividing the space giving it a ‘great room’ feeling.
The 9′ high ceilings give the kitchen a nice open feeling while the deep moldings over the doors and windows brings the eye down making the room feel cozy. The casement windows line the exterior walls for a full view of the ocean yet interior shutters can easily be drawn to keep out the hot summer sun when needed.
The Butlers Pantry sits right in between the kitchen and the dining room and holds all the serving, extra refrigerators and prep for big family dinners.
This back hallway is also the mudroom that sits adjacent to the kitchen and is off the back door to the gardens. The cabinets hold everything from garden boots and raincoats to towels for the outdoor shower just outside the door. The dogs even get their own little ‘bedroom’ with their crates built into the cabinetry.
The Master Bedroom & Bath
Designed to be cozy, the master bedroom’s south facing wall has the windows set high to let in the light and allow for wall space in this eaved-room.
All of the bathrooms have the added charm of old styled claw foot tubs and shutters with high chair (picture) rails and beadboard, so typical of Victorian farmhouses.
The large linen closet in the hall services all bedrooms. The slated detailing in the door is just another great example of attention to detail inspired by turn-of-the 20th century New England architecture.
Lazy summer days in New England here consist of sailing, ocean kayaking , beach days and seaside gardening. At the end of the day, family, friends and guests gather together for drinks, dinner and an after dinner game of croquet on the lawn overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
There could not be a better way to spend a summer with family in New England.
Architecture by: Brooks and Falotico Architects – New Canaan, Ct.