The structure is located in the Shippan neighborhood of Stamford, whose homes were mostly erected at the turn of the 20th century in a Mediterranean Revival style. In designing the new residence, Elena Kalman, AIA, opted for a contextual approach, borrowing the rooflines and some of the details from historic houses in the area.
Since the house is located in a flood zone, it had to be designed to accommodate the higher flood plain elevations. As a result, Elena Kalman was able to locate the garage under the house itself and conceal it with terraced gardens.
This deceivingly ‘traditional’ home has many energy saving features, including geothermal heat.