Residential Design

VOL.3 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Natural Resilience Bruce had a lot of fun with the land- scape, too, inspired by a picture of Dutch landscape architect Piet Oudolf's Nantucket garden and design for New York City's High Line. With their salt and drought tolerance and deep root systems, native grasses such as North- wind switchback, big bluestem, and feather reed grass stabilize the creek bank and filter out pollutants such as lawn fertilizers. And each plant variety supports different birds and animals with its seeds, nuts, fruits, and shelter— which makes for lively entertainment. "One of the great attributes of living on a tidal estuary is that the bird life is very rich," Bruce says. "There are always ducks and osprey, seagulls and egrets, and a great blue heron is out there. They're almost part of the family because you start to recognize specif- ic birds and get to watch them going through their daily rituals of fishing." Perhaps most important, now that the house is built, the comments have been only positive. "I think a lot of people are very pleased that the house didn't pro- trude any further into the tidal estuary than it needed to," he says. "I think the house is well-loved in the community." —Cheryl Weber Beinfield Residence Rowayton, Conn. ARCHITECT: Bruce Beinfield, FAIA, Beinfield Architecture, Rowayton, Conn. BUILDER: Art Ruffles & Ray Donohue, RDC Construction, Stamford, Conn. INTERIOR DESIGNER: Carol Beinfield LANDSCAPE DESIGNER: Bruce Beinfield STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Jacobson Structures, Deep River, Conn. PROJECT SIZE: 3,500 square feet SITE SIZE: .54 acre PHOTOGRAPHY: Robert Benson KEY PRODUCTS CABINETRY: Ultra Craft RANGE: Wolf DISHWASHER: Asko REFRIGERATOR: Sub-Zero KITCHEN FAUCETS: Vola and Watermarks TOILETS: DXV FRONT DOOR HARDWARE: Tom Kundig collection DOOR HARDWARE: Emtek WOOD STOVE: Wittus WINDOW WALL SYSTEMS: LaCantina Doors Opposite: Bruce was inspired by New York City's High Line for the landscaping around the house. Top left and above: Interiors are rich and layered, no more so than the studio for Bruce's wife, which evokes an attic full of family curios and collections. 85 VOL. 3, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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