Wethersfield Townhouse

Located on a narrow urban infill lot, this single-family residence with attached ADU was fashioned for a food brand designer and restaurateur with an affinity for pre-war Parisian apartments. Use of minimal form and materials, on a cost-conscious budget, was intended to achieve a maximum atmospheric interior result.

The daylight filled interior focuses on an easterly, inward facing courtyard through a rhythm of punched openings, western light is introduced for balancing only. The home is classically proportioned with subtle drywall details which recall decorative mouldings. From the primary room the Owner teaches cooking classes, entertains, and samples potential menu items while hosting dinner parties. The walls are adorned with her own paintings (made for her first restaurant with no budget).

Health-conscious decisions were made both inside and out, selecting no V.O.C. finishes, wall- board and sheathing which prohibit mold and protective exterior coatings which prevent EMFs from penetrating the building envelope.

The home is designed to nurture aging-in-place; maintenance friendly materials and plans for a future solar array will reduce overhead expenses in coming years.