Property Details

Floor Plan

Total Square Feet: 4049

CONSTRUCTION DETAILS OF NEW ADDITION: Normal home construction requires 2 x 4 stud spacing to maintain 16 inches on center. This type of construction did not yield enough insulation value to allow for the specified floor to ceiling windows on the southern façade, as the equation of insulation value had to fall within certain state requirements. By changing the type of construction to SIP (Structural Insulated Panels), which yielded about 30% higher energy efficiency than regular stick framing, we were able to maintain the architect’s window design and have a tighter more energy efficient building.

Floor and roof panels are 10 ¼ “thick, the walls are 8 ¼ “thick. The windows are Lo E double glazed ¼” clear over ¼” clear, with a ½” air-space. Crawl space with cement floor is insulated and rubberized, slightly heated and cooled. The clapboards are quarter sawn spruce, vs. flat sawn. Quarter sawn is more expensive but it is dimensionally stable, shrinks half as much as flat sawn, changes its shape less drastically, is less likely to crack and holds paint better. The exterior window and door trim is made of mahogany.

HEATING/AIR CONDITIONING: An energy efficient oil boiler was installed January 2008. For central air conditioning, two high efficiency air handlers and condensers were installed in 2007. There is one HVAC zone for the old house and one for the new part.

DECKS: off the Great Room and the Conservatory are constructed of mahogany

KITCHEN: Accesses the garage, hallway and arcade. This area has two sun tunnels, which bring in natural light, using no electricity. The focal point of the kitchen is the bespoke propane gas stainless steel commercial Jade range, ordered to specifications and installed to commercial code. It is considered the top of the line. Commercial ranges are no longer allowed in residential situations (in Sharon, CT).

FIREPLACES: All four fireplaces in the Federal house, one in each downstairs room, have been built according to the recommendations of Count Rumford. They emit terrific heat when the door of the room is closed. Each of these has granite cheeks and slabs, a use of the finest materials and a sign of no-cost spared construction.

The great room firebox has a modified Rumford design. The fireplace front slab is Indiana limestone.

ORIGINAL HOUSE: The main block of the original house is oriented parallel to the road and is set back about 65 feet west of Sharon Valley Road, facing an easterly direction. The rectangular 42’ x 32’ main block is a two and one half story house with two interior brick chimneys rising above a steeply pitched cross-gable roof. The ridge of the roof is parallel to the front and rear elevations. The roof is covered with slate that dates to the middle of the 19th century. The house has a Georgian four- over- four central hall plan with rooms that generally range in size around 14 x 15 feet.

The 22-½ inch foundation walls are constructed of rubble stone topped by a double row of schist blocks that are visible at grade on the east, south and north elevations and a portion of the west elevation. The frame is post and beam, its structural members of hand-hewn chestnut, and is sided with vertically sawn feathered spruce or pine clapboards.

Wooden quoins of simulated brick, define the front edge of the house.