It was a challenge and a treat to build something so well-engineered.
To start with, the building site dropped off steeply toward the water, so two forty-foot steel posts had to be placed standing straight up in the concrete with no framing to support them. These posts were designed to run from the basement, continue up through the deck of the dining room, and support the cupola. In addition to complex roof lines and floor elevations, built-in storage was designed into every nook and cranny. Everything, including tables, beds, vanities, closets, and other furniture, was built by Daggett’s meticulous craftsmen, either in our shop or on site.
The semi-open dinning room, living room, and study are on three different levels. There is baseboard heat and a humidification system, but the architect cleverly designed them to be concealed. A shaft of natural light emanates from the cupola area to illuminate the dining room. The fireplace in the living room was masterfully designed and built in a collaborative effort of stonemason, homeowner, and architect. They painstakingly examined each and every stone for desired color and fit to provide extremely tight joints.