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A charming shingle style home that overlooks the Pear Tree Point Beach

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This timeless shingle-style beach home was designed by Austin Patterson Disston Architects, overlooking the Pear Tree Point Beach in Darien, Connecticut. Set on a corner lot, privacy was key to designing this comfortable dwelling for this young family: a home that provided private yard spaces while retaining lovely water views.

The house features front, side, and upper porches and interior spaces that invite leisure, a natural choice for this beachside site. By designing a series of outbuildings – a pool house with guest quarters, a garage, and a shed – that parallel the road, the pool and backyard entertaining spaces are nicely secluded.

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Separating the spaces transforms this 5,900 square-foot residence into an intimate and informal home. The buildings are of varying visual textures; the main house is clad in cedar shingle while the vertical board-and-batten of the 900 square-foot garage evokes a barn. The 730 square-foot pool/guest house, constructed of thin ashlar stone layup, matches the stone used throughout the project.

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Above: A driveway of crushed seashells leads to the main entrance of this welcoming home overlooking the beach.

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What We Love: This shingle style beach home caters to the lifestyle of a young family who likes refined yet comfortable living spaces. Thoughtful attention to detail throughout this home keeps the casual feeling of the interiors from being too commonplace. We are especially loving the wonderful indoor-outdoor connectivity and the beautiful aesthetics of the exterior facade. Overall, an inviting yet sophisticated home to be enjoyed for many years to come.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall design details of this home? Please share your thoughts in the Comments, we love reading your feedback!

Note: Check out a couple of other amazing home tours that have been featured here on One Kindesign in the state of Connecticut: Charming antique farmhouse gets refreshing update in rural Connecticut and Modern rustic barn provides ultimate man cave retreat in Connecticut.

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Interiors studio Vigneau & Associates is responsible for the interior design of this beautiful abode. Since this home is nestled along the water, the interior color palette is inspired by the sea, featuring hues of aqua, sea glass green, and sand. Artwork throughout the dwelling depicts serene beach and water scenes that reflect the same hues.

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Above: The living room features a mahogany bar, perfect for entertaining.

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Above: The kitchen and breakfast areas feature exposed wood beams, unpainted American clay walls, and wainscoting. Large windows frame views of the seaside.

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PHOTOGRAPHER ChiChi Ubina

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