The ceiling is really stunning.The living room flanks the dining room across the hall. It retained many of the original details which had to be restored . The homeowners have accumulated a lot of period furnishings which fit the house.A study off the living room featured a Bottomley fireplace and beautiful paneling with the original owner's intials.Located a few steps down from the living room is the paneled library from the Bottomley renovation. As Spencer said, the wood is basically 'junk' wood but detailed so beautifully that it could rival any finer species of wood paneling.I loved the detail at the window jamb, which allows blinds or shutters to fit down these reveals.Located a few more steps down from the library is the garden room.Spencer added these decorative grilles to hide the needed heating and AC ducts.The garden room naturally opens into the expansive gardens. Designed as a series of rooms, one comes across many little surprises such as this water garden. The rear lawn features 1 large stone pillar and low wall, part of an unrealized master plan? Spencer and Lilly had it restored, including the incredibly enormous stone ball.Adjacent tothe house is the adorable guest cottage which I loved; I could move right in! The back of the cottage is where the kitchen gardens lay.Off to the other side of the rear lawn is a gate to the new pool and poolhouse, designed by Spencer.I love the regency styling here, leaving one to wonder when it was built. Stone walls throughout the estate help create separate spaces and create usable areas in the hilly landscape.This looks ideal for this hot weather we've had lately! The interior walls of the poolhouse are thick, allowing for clever storage but also help insulate the temperature.Further from the house was found an old ruined stone building on a picturesque pond. Spencer restored it as a fishing cottage.What a perfect little getaway! The views of the pond are incredible. And of course, I wouldn't be the nerdy architect without a few little detail shots. I loved the way Spencer integrated these downspouts between an addition and the house so that they are inset and protected from the driveway.To hide the exhaust for the range in the newly renovated kitchen, Spencer added a cute little dormer between two existing dormers. Many thanks to the ICAA for arranging this great outing and to Madison Spencer and Rachel Lilly for being such entertaining tour guides of their fantastic project!
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