On the market: Unique charm
Updated 12:23 pm, Friday, May 2, 2014
The grand estate at 4 Wee Burn Lane in Darien offers a blend of new construction with old country charm.
Designed by Darien-based builder Bo Malpass, the 7,600-square-foot property is set on more than two acres of meticulously manicured grounds that overlook an additional three acres of land trust meadows.
Malpass married the 1700s carriage house, original stone wall and courtyard into the design of the home, and selected new materials to reflect the original character of the home.
The entryway is flanked by a formal living room featuring a wood-burning fireplace with a custom limestone mantel on the left and a sunk-in formal dining room on the right with polished concrete flooring and integrates the home's original stone wall.
The expansive kitchen features a 14-foot African mahogany center island, blue suede marble countertops and a sunlit eat-in area overlooking the courtyard.
Appliances include a six-burner Wolf range and a Sub- Zero refrigerator.
The home's original barn was restructured into a family room, maintaining all of the original features, like the hand-hewn beams.
More InformationABOUT THIS HOUSE
ADDRESS: 4 Wee Burn Lane, Darien
YEAR BUILT: 2013
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 7,600
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 15
FULL BATHROOMS: 5
HALF BATHS: 2
FEATURES: Five fireplaces, skylights, three-car attached garage, guest house, Sub Zero refrigerator, courtyard
SCHOOLS: Holmes Elementary, Middlesex Middle, Darien High
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Leading into the original carriage house that can be used as a guest house, there are three multi-functional rooms that could be used for an office, living or sitting room and a powder room.
The original stone fireplace remains intact and antique pine and hemlock floors have been restored, adding to the endless charm in the carriage house.
Upstairs, there are two bedrooms and a full bath that has been remodeled with a step-in shower.
"It's a brand-new old house," Malpass said.
The newer construction of the home includes wide-plank French oak flooring that has been treated with an oil wax finish.
The master suite is on the second level of the home and features panoramic views of the nearly five acres of meadowlands.
A master bath has a limestone double vanity, a step-in shower with handmade glass tile and sunk-in bath carved into Thassos marble. There is an en-suite guest room and two additional bedrooms that share a bath on the second level.
The upstairs hall is paneled with an enamel finish and lit by cable lighting, adding modern elements to the home while keeping the antique nature.
The laundry room also is on the second level and features a limestone countertop with under-mount sink and built-in shelving. A cupola and interior windows allow light to pour in, creating an open and airy space.
A third level includes an additional bedroom with three skylights and a full bath.
The lower level is finished with a polished concrete floor.
"I tend to build homes that read pretty traditional from the street but unfold differently inside. There's a good blend of modern and traditional elements in the home," Malpass said.
Makayla Silva is a freelance writer.