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The White House

Washington, Connecticut

Builder: Hobbs, Inc.
Photographer: Peter Murdock
Interior Designer: Anne Chessin Designs
Stylist: Philippa Brathwaite

An oasis in the woods, this Colonial compound was designed to provide a young family with a tranquil and self-sufficient respite from busy daily life. This home was designed with thoughtful consideration of the family’s lifestyle, hobbies and plans for the future. The complex includes a 6-bedroom main house, pool with 2-bedroom pool house and car barn to house an extensive luxury collection. Stunning panoramic views of the Connecticut hills and landscape were a priority when designing the master plan and interior spaces. Soon to be added to the property is a 3-part storage barn for additional recreational vehicles, a workshop and log cutting and storage.

The structures were designed in the regional architecture vernacular of Litchfield County, CT. The main house, nestled behind an allee of trees, contains a symmetrical main volume attached to a sizeable garage by way of a glassy connector. The exterior palette is a timeless combination of slate shingle roof, white clapboard and deep blue shutters. Classic, yet understated, details like the gabled porticos and cupolas ground the buildings in traditional architecture while maintaining the simplicity the clients preferred. The rear of the main house is lined with a combination of terraces and screened porches to allow for an array of outdoor leisure. Spans of lawn provide the family with maximized opportunities for play and establish a clear foreground for the picturesque backdrop of sprawling views.

The interior architecture of the home was meticulously designed to provide a rich and lasting canvas for the client’s modern taste in décor. The house wanted to feel well established, and these interior architectural details give a sense of a well-kept, historic home.