This charming beach side home is located at the entrance of Todd’s Point in Old Greenwich, CT. The classic shingle style is expressed in the flared roofline and column details. The floor plan is open and logically laid out. A perfect place for gathering to enjoy the water views!
This home is situated along North Street in Greenwich, CT. The formal massing serves two purposes. It provides an elegant facade and parking court to blend with the other stately homes along this prestigious street. It also uses the garages along the busy street to protect the home from unwanted noise from traffic. Formal and large-scale masses are offset by smaller, more delicate details to give this facade character and make it approachable.
Set on the edge of Lake Waramaug in the town of Warren, CT, this home went through a complete transformation to capitalize on the spectacular views of the lake and surrounding area. This contemporary shingle style home works well for busy family living, but feels more like a vacation retreat.
The design of this home was largely driven by the size and shape of the lot. In the busy neighborhood of Old Greenwich, the owners found their ideal location, but the lot was small and odd shaped. These constraints offered a unique opportunity to create this stately shingle style home pivoting around a central stair tower. On the interior, the tower floods the spaces with light and gives the home a feeling of grandeur.
Currently under construction, this back country Greenwich estate will be the epitome of modern glamour when completed. The design features many formal spaces for entertaining as well as smaller, more intimate areas to rest and relax.
Although it has been re-invented many times, Christian Rae Studio gave new life to this historic building on Greenwich Avenue. What was originally designed as the Putnam Trust Bank by architect F.A. Wright in 1915, will now be the new home of Duoro Restaurant. The owners were drawn to the distinct vaults and domes made by the Spanish architect and master tile craftsman Rafael Guastavino. No extra ornamentation was needed for their sensuous convex forms created in a herringbone pattern of pastel-colored tiles.
Once we stripped the interior down to reveal these beautiful domes and columns, we added LED up-lighting to highlight and graze them to enhance the color and textures. Custom designed light fixtures hang over the bar to direct the view upwards to a central skylight.
To bring down the scale of these soaring arches, we added wall panels with luxurious metal mesh fabrics that add shimmer when they catch the light. We also designed a second floor balcony to provide a unique view of the space and accommodate overflow seating and private parties.
This Greenwich estate was designed on a long, narrow lot specifically for a car collector. The design features a two-story garage with showroom spaces that display vehicles on a turntable. On axis with the main house sits the pool house accompanied by a charming guest cottage.
The Lookout House
The original owner of this Easton, CT home was actress, Anne Baxter. As granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, she wanted the design of the house to pay homage to his architectural style. The current owners commissioned Christian Rae Studio to add onto the house in order to accommodate the needs of their growing family. In keeping with the mid-century modern style, the addition features walls of glass, flat roofs and the integration of large, native stones. The new and old blend seamlessly and we hope FLW would approve!
The home was designed with sustainability in mind by taking advantage of the flat roof area to install an extensive array of solar panels to heat water and generate electricity.
As a team of architects, interior designers and lighting designers, we approached the design of these spaces holistically to bring the beauty of the landscape inside with large expanses of glass. The natural materials help blur the lines of interior and exterior and the lighting brings to life the textures of those materials in a unique way.
The large family room space features a native stone fireplace using large, hand-selected rocks to create a wood storage niche. The back-lit stone and live-edge wood bar is ideal for entertaining and the adjacent wine room with two glass walls is the perfect spot for showcasing the owner's extensive wine collection.
Finally, a ride in the elevator up to the 3rd floor lookout tower allows the owners to escape the demands of modern life and take in the view of the treetops from a private perch. The mini-bar with limestone relief walls gives them the sensation of being on a retreat in their own home.
This waterfront home was designed to capture views of the Long Island sound in every room. The architectural design has a casual elegance that fits perfectly in the Fairfield Beach community.