CONNELL RESIDENCE MARLBOROUGH, CONNECTICUT
This grand home occupies the site of the former Cheney boathouse on Lake Terramuggus in Marlborough. The house commands a full view of the water and provides 3100 square feet of living space. The interior is organized to afford water views from every room. The Great Room features a dynamic curved window wall that follows the bend of the Lake. The exterior is clad in cedar shingles reminiscent of the grand shingle style homes of the late 19th century.
The owners original design directive called for renovating and adding a second floor to the original structure. However, earth boring samples determined that the boat house rested on lake muck, rendering such a project unfeasible. A new design was undertaken, utilizing the original footprint of the boat house and the allowable expansion due to zoning constraints. Wetlands and Zoning approvals were required to build the new structure in such close proximity to the lake.
The realized home is designed to allow for the future conversion of the current second floor storage area to three additional bedrooms upon completion of the planned public sewer system, thus substantially increasing the future resale value of the home. Long term accessibility is assured by providing two master bedroom suites, one on the second floor and one on the first floor of the home. Computer modeling allowed the owners to evaluate multiple design possibilities and options for exterior and interior finishes.