This Old House Idea House 2019, New Canaan, CT
This Old House has come to New Canaan.
Film crews from the PBS show have been on hand to discuss the transformation of the antique Greek revival farmhouse by Karp Associates. Run-down and in terrible shape, the firm demolished part of the original structure, restoring some of the antique features, while building a new extension filled with every modern convenience one could possibly want.
Karp wanted to save the 7,000-square-foot house from “demolition by neglect,” he told the New Canaan Advertiser. Before he bought it, the once dignified looking building appeared blighted from the street, with overgrown vegetation encroaching on the sidewalk and the porch missing a pillar. Inside, the roof was leaking and raccoons were wreaking internal destruction and havoc.
Karp’s intentions were to build something that would last another 100 years while maintaining the historical appearance of the area as the home is located in a historic district. From the street, it does blend in perfectly.
The home has been downsized to 6,000 square feet. The facade was restored as well as some of the 200 year old windows that were replaced into new window sills. A beehive oven from the 1700s, which was used to heat and cook in the original house, has remained. Throughout the house there are reminders of the original home, leaving beams exposed and intact. The home itself definitely has a very modern feel. One wouldn’t use the words antique or old to describe the house.
This Old House, a local Stamford-based company, worked with both national and local sponsors such as bender, Clarke, Juliska, Lillian August, Stickley Audi & Co, circa lighting, Iconic Modern, clarkson lighting, bilco, mr. steam, Sierra Pacific, Sense home energy, and more.
You can learn more about the Idea House and all the sponsors by visiting their website, thisoldhouse.com/ideahouse2019. Much more of the house and all the details will be featured in the November/December issue of the magazine which will hit newsstands on October 28, 2019. Part of the construction will also air on This Old House in October.
4 Main Street is currently on the market for sale. Asking price is $3.575 by Halstead properties. To see the listing visit: https://www.halstead.com/sale/ct/new-canaan/4-main-street/house/170235247
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