Remodeling and extending a grand residence can require a delicate balance on the one hand respecting and celebrating its refined origins, and on the other, making it a place you can call your very own.
The remodel of this French chateau-style 1960s residence comprised the introduction of two new wings to the rear, an upgrading of the existing exteriors, and an almost complete rework of the interiors by designer Nieves Millar. The work was substantial, with the house expanded from 6000sq ft to 10,000sq ft. One wing contains the master suite, home office and a poolhouse, the other a four-car garage.
On the exterior, the two new wings merge seamlessly with the original facades. The owners, Bruce and Sherry Burrow, went to great lengths to achieve this effect sourcing the manufacturers of the original brickwork and ordering recastings to use on the wings. Similarly, weathered slate for the new roofs was sourced to match the old. Planter boxes, landscaping walls and a garden courtyard were also introduced the garden is set at the rear, between the new additions.
On the interior, traditional elements such as French wall mouldings, casings and a reproduction Louis XV marble mantel were retained. Everything else was stripped back to the parquet floorboards, which were duly restored. Nieves Millar was given free rein throughout, creating diverse personalities for individual rooms that celebrated the old, introduced the surprising and new, and created a setting for the owners' prized art collection.
"I wanted exploring the house to be like going on a treasure hunt, with different jewels to discover in every room," says Nieves Millar.