New England Colonial architecture is anenduring style that's just as appropriate for family living today as it was back in its heyday in the 1930s and '40s.
Architect Jan Gleysteen says there's a good reason for this such houses are not only imbued with traditional character and charm, but are also a symbol of the past. As such they conjure up feelings of warmth and familiarity.
"There is a scaling to these houses that ensures they seem to wrap protectively around the family," Gleysteen says. "This concept of scaling is readily evident in this property mature beech trees frame the house beautifully, and make it seem as though it has always been there."
The architect says the house replaces a 1980s modern house that was built on a 45° angle to the street.
"Most of the houses in the small town have a New England Colonial character and are built parallel to the street. The original house on this block had no curb appeal, so that was a key consideration in the planning of the new house. We placed it parallel to the street, on a slight rise, with a U-shaped driveway providing a double entry."
The traditional formality of the front elevation is also typical of the style. Gleysteen ensured the main volume has a strong symmetry to the extent that one of the two chimneys that anchor the sides of the house is purely for aesthetic purposes.
Other features of the New England Colonial style include the fieldstone siding, which is framed by prominent corner pilasters with recessed panels. The house also has black-forest green paneled shutters with exposed hardware, antique lanterns, and Georgian-style columns and dentil mouldings below the roof eaves.
"Unlike the rear, there are no dormer windows on the front elevation, which gives the house a simpler, cleaner look from the street," the architect says.