The 2015 CTC&G Innovation in Design Winners: Builder Recognition
Meet the teams that brought architecture projects to life in Builders Recognition
Winner: Northern Lights Construction, LLC
Meet the exemplary construction teams who brought these three projects to life
Amidst the lush landscape of a Litchfield County farm, an old, decrepit cabin inspired a new architectural vision. Reese Owens Architects turned to Northern Lights Construction, LLC, to transform a rustic ruin into a pastoral paradise. Large windows and porch structures maximize exquisite views of the surrounding vineyard, pond and valley. Seeking to blend the architecture with its picturesque environment, Northern Lights constructed columns resembling trees that line the outdoor porches. The rural ambiance cascades into the interior, which was designed to preserve the thematic charm and spirit of a country lodge, while adding the refinement of modern comfort and sophisticated style.
Not only does the home visually capitalize on its setting, but it also draws substance and form from it. The builder integrated regional resources such as fieldstone and Mine Hill granite, as well as reclaimed and local materials for the chestnut floors and limed oak doors and cabinets. “What I loved the most was how all the different wood, stone, glass and copper fit so perfectly,” says Tony Fitzgerald, owner of Northern Lights. “I’ve always been a perfectionist, and this was as close as it gets.”
Innovator 2: Jordan Construction, LLC
Originally designed by architect James Evans in 1959, this midcentury modern home in Wilton was first restored in 2007 before suffering serious fire damage three years later. Despite the misfortune, the team used the redesign opportunity to “make lemons into lemonade” by structurally revamping the residence while working to preserve the core elements of the blueprint.
“Midcentury modern homes look very cool in pictures, but are not always as livable,” explains Dave Jordan, president and owner of Jordan Construction, LLC. “In this case, we needed to stay true to the language of modern architecture while updating the house and rebuilding it to suit the needs and comfort expectations of the family.” Collaborating with Robert Dean Architects, the team sought to eliminate barriers by cultivating a polished, minimalist aesthetic characterized by bright open spaces and transparency. The refurbished home features an illusory floating staircase, as well as two defining glass walls incorporating high efficiency windows clad with mahogany.
Innovator 3: Significant Homes, LLC
“A piece of fine furniture” was how one viewer described the detail-oriented, elegant craftsmanship behind this stylish shingle-style residence. To execute the architect’s vision, Significant Homes, LLC, married the ideals of historic charm with modern sophistication. The stone base of the exterior accented by columns and a radius porch replicate the century-old aesthetic of classic shingle-style architecture. The interior, however, is anything but dated. Paneled bay windows and French doors open to a stone terrace, capitalizing on spectacular views of Long Island Sound. Custom millwork continues throughout, and an expansive lower level recreational space features built-in bunk beds and a bar area.
Matt and Whit Matthews, co-owners of Significant Homes, LLC, describe the Mead Point beauty as a trendsetting home. “People are tending to more casual living; there aren’t so many limestone mansions being built,” Whit says. “This is a very human-scale house—you’re not overwhelmed with enormous bland spaces. You walk in, and there is an immediate feeling of comfort and intrigue.”