Features and Specifications

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This unique home was designed to combine the best of old-world detailing and craftsmanship with advanced twenty-first century technology.

The interior is detailed in the manner of the finest pre-war New York apartments, with classically scaled spaces and features such as plaster cornices, inlaid floors, extensive wall paneling, hand-finished custom cabinetry, and a palate of finishes and materials chosen for their understated richness and elegance.

The design was inspired by sources including Palladio’s “Four Books of Architecture,” and Edith Wharton’s authoritative book, “The Decoration of Houses.” Many of the details derive from research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s period rooms, as well as numerous books on the architecture of McKim, Meade, and White, plus invaluable seminars and publications from New York’s Institute for Classical Architecture. Some of the custom-mixed paint colors were chosen with the assistance of the office of the Curator of the White House. Others were inspired by historic houses such as Mount Vernon and Monticello.

Technologically, the house is superior in all respects, with state-of-the-art mechanical systems designed for maximum comfort and simplicity of operation.

Heating is supplied by a highly efficient seven zone hydro-air system monitored by a network of centrally controlled, digital programmable thermostats and remote temperature sensors. Three areas of the house where an extra degree of comfort is desirable, the mud room, the breakfast room, and the master bath, are equipped with radiant heated floors.

Air Conditioning is supplied to all seven zones by Trane’s newest generation of high efficiency Freon-free condensers, providing superior climate control, efficiency, and environmental protection.

Additional comfort is provided by humidifiers, air filters, and an energy-recovery fresh-air ventilation system that replaces all the air in the house three times each hour. All ductwork is fully insulated.

This is a “Smart House” in every sense of the word. It is equipped with a powerful yet elegantly simple-to-use home automation system. The microprocessors in the Lutron HomeWorks Interactive system enable the homeowner to control the lighting, climate control, security, and home-entertainment systems from discrete control pads located throughout the house. Each control pad includes up to nine programmable and clearly labeled buttons to eliminate guesswork.

Even more powerful features are provided by a centrally-located color video touch-screen panel by Creston Electronics, the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced control and automation systems.

More than four miles of wire were run through the house to provide communications, systems control, and high-speed computer networking capabilities to each room. In addition, the wiring is structured to enable the seamless integration of new technologies as they become available.

Additional Features

The property: 3.5 acres graced with magnificent mature trees and landscaping; bounded on all four sides with antique stone walls. (Click here to see map)

The house:

Approximately 9,800 square feet of living space on four levels
Nine foot tall ceilings
Vaulted ceilings in Family Room and Master Bedroom
Hardwood flooring: 4” planks of rift-sawn and quarter-sawn white oak
Kitchen and bathroom cabinets by Christopher Peacock Bespoke Cabinetry
Fully paneled library in cherry with hand rubbed finish
Extensive use of custom designed and milled moldings

Appliances:

Wolf 60” gas range with six burners and French hob
Twin Sub Zero 700 series refrigerators with freezer drawers
Sub Zero 700 series under counter refrigerator near sink for storing produce
Two Fisher Paykel DD6031 Integrated DishDrawer dishwashers
Sub Zero wine cooler

Mechanical systems:

Seven zone Heating and Cooling system includes:

o Hydro-air heating
o High efficiency Freon-free air-conditioning by Trane
o Hydronic radiant heated floors in Master Bath, Breakfast Room, and Mud Room
o Heated garage
o HEPA Air filtration system
o Humidification and de-humidification systems
o Energy-recovery ventilation system for improved air quality
o Digital thermostats with graphic LCD screens and remote temperature sensors are    programmable from central location

Lutron HomeWorks Interactive home automation system

o Control panels in each room provide total control of lighting, security, home    entertainment, etc.
o Centrally located “Crestron” color touch-screen control panel provides integrated    control of all systems in house, and monitors security camera at front door.
o System is infinitely upgradeable

Home Entertainment System

o Crestron 8-Zone audio distribution processor
o Crestron integrated system controller
o Sonamp 12-Channel power amplifier
o Yamaha 5-disc CD player
o Crestron AM/FM tuner
o Snell ceiling-type stereo speakers in Kitchen & Breakfast Room
o House is pre-wired for additional speakers in any room
o House is pre-wired for Cable and DSS satellite receiver
o System is easily expandable

Computer Networking and “Future Proofing”

o Entire house is wired for computer networking and high-speed internet access
o Four miles of wire throughout house assures easy integration of system upgrades    plus new technologies as they arise

Miscellaneous Features

o 600 amp electrical service
o Central Vacuum system
o Security system with central-station-monitored smoke detectors
o Hot water recirculating line for instant hot water anywhere in the house

Exterior:

Mature landscaping
20 x 44’ heated pool with spa
Pool and spa functions are computerized with control panel inside house
Extensive brick and bluestone patios
Field stone retaining walls
Irrigation system

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