An historical-style New England home in Connecticut

A passion for 18th-century American architecture inspired the building of this traditional wood-frame home, which combines authentic materials and 21st-century design solutions.

At first glance, this clapboard clad house could be mistaken for one of the many original 18th-century homes that grace Danbury, Connecticut. In fact, it was built in 1968 by the co-founders of the Waterworks bathroom company and lifelong enthusiasts of all things 18th century.

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THE PROPERTY

‘We decided to build our own historical-style home partly because we were young and didn't know any better. We had hunted high and low for an original 18th-century house, but they were all in a terrible condition. In the end, my father suggested that we build our own and we thought, ''Why not?”’

‘I think we were influenced by the region in which we live; there are some extraordinary 18th-century houses in Connecticut. We spent a lot of time at museums and open house days and were drawn to the clean architectural style of that era. There is a certain beauty in its simplicity,’ the owners say.

DINING ROOM

The cabinet, which houses Dutch and English Delftware, adds decorative interest to the homeowner’s favourite room. ‘It's not a huge space, so gathering around the table and trading stories is quite a cosy affair.’

New England home

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EXTERIOR

The simple front door is an 18th-century original, which sits well with the grey clapboard.

New England home

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ENTRANCE HALL

Remarkably, the Queen Anne chairs did not come as a pair; the owner stumbled across the perfect match to an existing chair while hunting for antiques in New York.

New England home

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KITCHEN

The cabinets are made from reclaimed headboard. ‘They're built in a traditional 18th-century style, but still look contemporary due to their simplicity,’ explains the homeowner.

New England home

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LIBRARY

Built-in niches with doors are typical of traditional Connecticut homes.

New England home

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LIVING ROOM

When it came to choosing curtains, the homeowner took great care to find fabrics sympathetic to the period.

New England home

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LIBRARY

Built-in bookcases and a snug seating configuration give this room a cosy and inviting feel.

New England home

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FAMILY ROOM

The family room was extended to incorporate this peaceful space when the owners’ first grandchild was born.

New England home

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LIVING ROOM

An antique Canadian writing desk occupies a comer of the sitting room where the owner likes to read and relax.

New England home

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MAIN BEDROOM

The couple chose a cream palette to create a restful feel.

New England home

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GUEST BEDROOM

The pencil-post bed was one of the first pieces of furniture commissioned by the the homeowners as a married couple.

New England home

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BATHROOM

Despite running their own bathroom company, the couple could not resist installing an early 20th-century American Standard basin.

New England home

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Photography/ Ngoc Minh Ngo