A beautiful balance between the old and the new is what one instantly notices at the Ledge House in Cornwall, Connecticut – a modern residence that overlooks the expansive Connecticut valley and beyond. The home sits on a challenging rock ledge and it is the specific nature of the lot that allows those inside to make the most of the spectacular view outside. Desai Chia Architecture replaced the old cabin on the lot with the sleek contemporary residence, while allowing the landscape to shape much of its design. Large glass walls and sliding glass doors connect the new interior with the world outside even as the Shou Sugi Ban siding anchors it and provides a dark silhouette.
Idea behind replacing the old cabin with an entirely new home was to create a much more vibrant and open living space that also cuts back on the carbon footprint. Despite a dark exterior, the interior embraces a lighter and neutral color palette in white and wood. A smart living area leads to the kitchen, dining space and the wonderful balcony next to it – an escape where you can enjoy the many sights and sounds of the valley without ever stepping outside. A kitchen island with fireplace, minimal modern décor in gray and white kitchen cabinets complete this area.
With a master bedroom on one side and guest bedrooms on the other, this home delineates private and public spaces organically. Relaxing, spa-styled bathrooms and cozy lighting complete this charming house. [Photography: Paul Warchol]