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Home improvement resources in Litchfield county




Spring’s arrival brings with it the promise of renewal and change, especially when it comes to our lives …and homes. As an interior designer, I’d say there are few things as satisfying as a home makeover, no matter what the size or scope! Litchfield County has a select group of unique home improvement resources, from beautiful antique flooring to custom lighting fixtures. Here, a few of my favorites.

When we were renovating our first house in Washington, CT, I discovered I had a neighbor who designs and fabricates custom copper lighting fixtures. For more than 25 years, Washington Copper Works has been making handcrafted copper lighting in a range of styles, from traditional designs inspired by the local architecture of Litchfield County to more modern and contemporary pieces. Each piece is made to order and individually signed and dated by the craftsman. We couldn’t have been happier with the quality. Washington Copper Works, 49 South St., Washington Depot, 860-868-7527, washingtoncopperworks.com, by appointment.

I’ve also discovered another very good lighting resource, Studio Steel Inc. in New Preston. Since 1991, owners Brian Gill and Spencer Hardy have been designing luxurious hand-wrought tubular steel chandeliers, lanterns and sconces. Not only do they have showrooms representing them all over the country, but you can also visit the showroom in their New Preston headquarters. Studio Steel, Inc., 159 New Milford Tpke., New Preston, 860-868-7305,
studiosteel.com, by appointment.

Having good audio and visual equipment in your home is life-changing, especially on weekends, and today’s technology is better and more clever than ever. Recently, we worked with Litchfield Stereo Design to create a media room in our kids’ former playroom. Frank Barbieri and his team were very knowledgeable and enjoyable to work with. To say we never leave that room now is an understatement; I never realized the difference a 60-inch flatscreen TV and surround sound can make when watching an episode of Downton Abbey! Also, the Sonos wireless music system, controlled by iphone or ipad makes managing music easier than ever. Litchfield Stereo Design, Inc., P.O. Box 1519, Litchfield, 860-567-4434.

What makes a better first impression than gorgeous antique wide-plank floors? I’ve used Ramase Specialty Lumber Company on a number of projects for reclaimed and antique flooring, hand-hewn beams, antique stones, along with antique mantels and paneling. Based in Woodbury, they have been providing architects, designers and contractors an impressive range of materials for more than 40 years—a true trade secret! Ramase Genuine Old Building Materials, 35 Joshua Hill Rd., Woodbury, 203-263-3332, ramase.com, by appointment.

For the best brands in appliances, including Miele, Sub-Zero, Wolf and Thermador, I use Powerhouse Appliances in New Milford. Not only is the showroom easy to navigate, the sales staff is knowledgeable, and they deliver and install all over Connecticut and even in New York City. Powerhouse Appliances, 45 Danbury Rd., New Milford, 860-355-3116, powerhouseappliances.com.

Every now and then, I stumble upon a new design resource that’s too good for words. While I haven’t actually visited Get Back Inc.’s 5,000-square-foot showroom outside Waterbury yet, I did stop by their 1st Dibs floor at the New York Design Center. Get Back focuses on finding great vintage pieces and transforming them into fully functional furniture, including lamps, tables, chairs and other accessories. I’m looking forward to my visit! Get Back Inc., 27 Main St., Oakville, 860-274-9991, getbackinc.com, by appointment.

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