I love details. As you long time readers know, I completed a large renovation on my last house, which we have since sold. During the planning stages, I probably drove our architect a little crazy with my obsessive interest in details while we were still looking at the bigger picture. But it’s what I love! One of the themes in the house became small repeating squares.
It actually started with the expansion of the dining room where I had the idea of installing a corner of windows. The architect, Rink DuPont, successfully expanded on the concept by adding the detail of small windows above, which then became thematic throughout the house.
Here you can see the lovely millwork details. The windows are true divided lights.
This corner now has as lovely built in banquette, a perfect spot for an intimate dinner à deux. From inside you can see the little bit of extra depth that echoes the front window, original to the room.
At the back entrance, Rink carried the theme through to the trim which extends around the house.
The kitchen has french doors leading to a lovely bluestone terrace with an outdoor fireplace. The little windows make their appearance here as well.
Even the beautiful dentil molding echoes the detail
Here you can also see the clips holding the storm windows. My husband’s and my major objective with our renovation was for it to look as seamless as possible. We both adore architecture from the 1920’s and 1930’s and wanted to evoke that era, creating an addition sensitive to scale and detail. Our area is overrun with mcmansions and we wanted to avoid that look at all costs. When choosing windows, we ultimately decided to have them custom made for that authentic period feel. They are accurate historic reproductions with weight and pulley counterbalances and visible brass chains on the inside. The storms and screens are wood as well and even though they have to be exchanged twice a year, they look beautiful and are very effective. Here is from inside the kitchen where you can see the squares on both doors and windows (please ignore the then temporary placement of TV and makeshift stand)
One of my favorite applications of the squares was these clerestory windows from the kitchen into the pantry. Not only was it appealing visually but supplied light into the windowless space behind.
Outside are several terraces – the large uncovered one outside the kitchen and two smaller covered ones on either side of a den. The squares are used for both trim on the overhang and as a trellis for climbing clematis. This was my husband’s favorite spot to relax and read.
From the other side – little squares continuing around the corner. My husband gets total credit for the beautiful blooms – he trained and nurtured them.
These little touches are fun for both architect and home owner and add to the cohesive aesthetic quality of a house in a distinctive, understated manner.