Shepaug River House
The extensive program for this new build includes open-plan living on the first floor, as well as a principal en suite bedroom, laundry room, walk-in pantry, mudroom, and 3-car garage replete with a dog wash station. The second floor includes 4 guest bedrooms with 3 en suite bathrooms, powder room, hall bathroom, sitting area, and bunk room. The lower level features a playroom, home theater, wine cellar, exercise room, and mechanical room. The exterior program includes a 3,000 SF patio with infinity-edge pool and pavilion.
Dennis M. Carbo
2022 HBRA CT
Best Designed Custom Home
This newly-built home features modern design elements yet maintains classic New England style. It has been thoughtfully sited on 1.7 secluded acres on the banks of the pristine Shepaug River in Southbury. Designed to meet the lifestyle needs of an active family, this stone-and-shingle waterfront home boasts timeless living spaces, both indoors and out.
The east-facing façade of the house is met by a motor court of concrete pavers and terraced gardens with 4,500 SF of stone retaining walls. The mahogany entry door, centered beneath the main roof gable, is cladded with a standing-seam copper roof supported by Doric columns. The cedar shake roof is punctuated by a cylindrical tower, second-story dormers, eyebrow window, and cupola. Additional attributes include copper gutters and a three-car garage replete with a built-in dog wash station. The arched, paneled mahogany doors of the garage are oversized to accommodate both motor vehicles and the modern heavy agricultural equipment that is stored within.
Upon entering the foyer, the visitor’s eye is immediately drawn to the custom-designed, hand-hewn, arch-bottom timber trusses cut from trees in Oregon and fabricated in Vermont. The trusses bear the weight of the soaring tongue-and-groove cathedral ceiling in the light-filled great room. This stunning interior space includes stained rift- and quarter-sawn, 10-inch-wide plank oak flooring with radiant heat throughout; a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace; large windows with transoms, and French doors, that frame breathtaking views of the infinity-edge pool, splendid patio, pavilion, and river beyond. Defined spaces within the great room include the living and dining area, wet bar, and eat-in kitchen.
The kitchen features floor-to-ceiling custom-built white cabinets, professional kitchen appliances, a large breakfast nook, quartz countertops, a 46 SF center island, and a tongue-and-groove ceiling with exposed timber beams stained to match the dark oak flooring.
The main floor of this distinctive residence is further enhanced by a powder room; laundry room with custom shelving and folding station; mudroom with organizing cubbyholes; supply room with a wall of built-in refrigerators/freezers in addition to floor-to-ceiling shelving; and a full bath and closet fitted with a stackable washer/dryer – both with immediate access to the pool.
The primary bedroom, which is heavily glazed along the waterfront side to the west, features a tongue-and-groove coffered ceiling; built-in window seat/reading nook; French doors opening to a bluestone patio; a generous walk-in closet; en suite spa-style bath with radiant floor heating, soaking tub, jetted walk-in shower with rain shower head, and double vanity.
Highlights of the second floor include a sitting area overlooking the great room below; a grandchildren’s wing with bunk beds and dedicated toddler-safe play areas; four well-appointed bedrooms, each with its own balcony and extensive views of the river; three en suite bathrooms; a five-fixture hall bathroom; and an additional half-bath.
The fully-finished lower level is appointed with a temperature-controlled wine cellar, exercise room, game room, media room, and mechanical room that is the heart of this leading-edge tech-centric home. All of the electronics throughout the entire property can be controlled from the convenience of the homeowner’s smartphone.
The west-facing façade of the home features a 560 SF Douglas fir pavilion with a stone fireplace, a 700 SF infinity-edge pool, and a masonry outdoor kitchen. A frameless glass balustrade delineates the 3,000 SF bluestone patio hardscape and offers direct views of the Shepaug River.