A New Canaan home is both hip and historic
It may be hard to imagine a house that is both “historic” and “hip,” yet that is exactly the type of home that Jennifer and Greg Sutton envisioned when they purchased their landmark five-bedroom colonial in New Canaan about three years ago. And it is exactly the type of house they achieved in creating after moving in.
What was on their mind when they looked at the house, which was built during the mid 1700s? “We clearly wanted to put our own stamp on the home,” says Greg. “We had chosen our community very carefully. We liked the social aspect of New Canaan — the fact that there were lots of young families. We also liked the fact that we were able to walk to town and to the train. We also love the Roger Sherman Inn and the New Canaan Nature Center, and we liked where the home is situated — that we could easily walk into town and back home.”
“We worked with an architect, Rob Sanders, and Havilande Whitcomb Design,” Greg continues. “The house had an addition completed in the 1800s and again in the l950s. The home grows with the families who lived here. We sort of felt like we were stealing a bit of their history.”
The couple wanted something different — not a cookie-cutter — when they started house hunting in New Canaan. “We clearly wanted to put our own stamp on the house,” Jennifer states. ”I loved the idea of lots of young families with children, and being able to walk to town and the train.”
There are many stories about the house but not many predate 1776, according to Greg. “There was an addition in the 1800s and another in the l950s,” he says. The Suttons did not gut the house, but did do some “streamlining,” as he refers to it. “Probably the biggest change we made was to eliminate some of the extra architecture that had been added by previous owners over the years,” Greg notes.
The home, which was featured on the 2019 New Canaan Cares Home Tour and was awarded the 2019 President’s Award from the New Canaan Preservation Alliance, offers a generous open floor plan, which leads out to new stone terraces and a saltwater, heated pool. A gourmet kitchen, and formal dining and living areas that open to the outside inspire easy entertaining. Also included are original exposed beams throughout the house, new baths, modern plumbing and electrical, custom mill work throughout, and a new master suite with custom dressing rooms.
An eclectic mix of contemporary fabric, furnishings, and art blends seamlessly with the period details to create the ideal home for a busy young family.
Now, the Suttons have sold the house and are moving to Park City, Utah.
What will they miss most about their colonial? “We’ll miss living in an old house!” Greg says. “We had the idea that if we could find an old house, we could make it fun.” It’s a soulful house with a lot of character, and the couple wanted to make it reflect their personality and lifestyle while maintaining its period feel. “The fact that we got the award from the Preservation Alliance of New Canaan makes it a truly special property,” Greg concludes.