This Architect's Home Leaves A Big Impression But A Tiny Footprint

This Architect's Home Leaves A Big Impression But A Tiny Footprint

Fairfield, CT - What does an architect do when he designs a house for himself and his family? He selects all the best ideas he has seen over his career and incorporates them into one sleek, indestructible home that saves energy, fits into the natural surroundings — and has great views. One immediate impression of Leigh Overland’s two-story house on a .19-acre lot, is that although the neighbors are close, the front yard overlooks an expansive scene: a small waterway — Ash Creek — draining into a salt marsh just feet away from the picture windows. “Nature is as close as it can get without being inside the house,” Overland says. “We weren’t planning to move, just refurbish my existing house, until we saw this lot. Within minutes we decided we should build here. It had extraordinary views of nature that awakened my senses to look, listen and smell. I sat there for a half-hour near the creek and did absolutely nothing, every moment seeing something new that caught my interest.” The property is on the edge of Long Island …
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