Charming antique farmhouse gets refreshing update in rural Connecticut


Haver & Skolnick Architects is responsible for the design of this antique farmhouse restoration located in the Connecticut countryside. The scope of this project entailed the restoration of an 18th-century center-chimney farmhouse. Extensive rambling additions were designed to complement the original house. The architects were commissioned for the architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture for this project. Continue below for the rest of this fabulous home tour…

Above: A simple copper-roofed porch provides an inviting entrance from the courtyard. The siding is Sag Harbor Gray HC-95 | Benjamin Moore, while the window sashes are Acadia White OC-38 | Benjamin Moore and the entry door is Old Village Paints “Salem Brick”.


Above: In the mudroom, custom-designed “cubbies” insure that the space stays neat and organized. Walls are painted in Brandon Beige 977 | Benjamin Moore. The flooring is random-width pine, custom stained to match the antique flooring in the original house. The beams are antique oak timbers, lightly wire-brushed and left unfinished. Next to the door is an antique tea bin with “A&P Tea Company” stenciled on the front. It is used to store the children’s baseball mitts, balls, and bats. This space is 7′-6″ wide x 20′ long. It runs the full depth of the house and has French doors at each end.


Above: In this beautiful country kitchen, a central island with an antique chestnut top is the central focus. The Windsor bar stools are from D.R. Dimes. Cabinets are painted in Brandon Beige 977 | Benjamin Moore.


What We Love: This restored antique farmhouse features warm and inviting living spaces that have been lovingly restored to their former glory. A bright and airy new addition helps to expand this home to cater to this family’s lifestyle needs. The beautiful countryside setting adds to the overall aesthetics of this dwelling while creating a feeling of tranquility. 

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall re-design of this home? Do you think the architects did a good job of restoring it? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at another incredibly inspiring farmhouse tour that we have featured in Connecticut: Beautiful French Normandy-inspired farmhouse in rural Connecticut.


Above: The Butler’s Pantry features custom racks to store wine glasses and plates. The countertops are an antique chestnut in a natural finish, while the cabinetry is painted in Brandon Beige 977 | Benjamin Moore.


Above: This sunlit Breakfast Room showcase a custom French door assembly and a massive tin chandelier. The chandelier is from Classic Lighting Devices, in East Hampton, CT. The walls are painted in Powell Buff HC-35 | Benjamin Moore. Throughout this home, the windows are doors are custom, fabricated by Woodstone Architectural Windows and Doors, in New Hampshire. They are made of mahogany, for durability, and have wavy reproduction glass.


Above: This cozy Dining Room was restored to its former glory, featuring new custom paneling and reclaimed antique pine flooring. To give this space a true antique feeling, the architects selected Benjamin Moore HC-38 Decatur Buff from their collection of historic colors. On the floor, a 1920’s wool braided rug is sourced from Milne Antiques in Kingston, NY.


Above: This beautiful farmhouse powder bath features a sink fashioned from an antique brass bucket, placed upon a Pennsylvania pine dry sink.


Above: The brand new Family Room is designed to blend with the antique portions of the house, incorporating antique ceiling beams and custom paneling. For the paneling and trim, the architects selected Old Village Paints “Salem Brick”.


Above: Paneled window-seats flank the fireplace of this charming Master Bedroom retreat. The room is 16′-8″ wide x 19′ long x 15′ high. For the chandelier, it is the large version of the Classic Lighting chandelier, #C10L. The walls and ceiling are painted in Acadia White OC-38 | Benjamin Moore, for the trim, Sag Harbor Gray HC-95 | Benjamin Moore.

The sconces in the window nooks were sourced from “Classic Lighting Devices”, in East Hampton, CT. Grounding this space is a hooked rug that was made to order by Woodard & Greenstein.


Above: In the master bathroom, a custom fabricated vanity recalls an antique farm table. The hanging lantern is from “Classic Lighting Devices”, in East Hampton, CT. Paint Colors: wainscot and trim, Benjamin Moore Powell Buff, HC-35; Vanity, Benjamin Moore Gloucester Sage, HC-100.


Above: Built-in bunks in the attic loft accommodate the children’s slumber parties.


Above: Horizontal beaded wainscotting and custom shutters are used in all the bathrooms. The wainscot is painted in Benjamin Moore Powell Buff, contrasted with Benjamin Moore Acadia White, above. The shutters are from Norman Shutters.


Above: A large new wing addition overlooks the terrace. This section of the farmhouse encompasses the new kitchen, breakfast room and guest rooms above.


Above: The Dining Porch leads to a large bluestone terrace that provides sweeping views over a lake.

Photos: Robert Benson Photography

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3 years ago

This is a beautiful restoration of a beautiful home. It’s rustic and yet comfortable looking. Very impressive.

6 months ago
Reply to  Heather

Beautiful and relaxing