His plan was to remove the rotted water wheel and have a new one built in its place. The addition was to be a bi-level conservatory: the upper level would become his “man cave” for star gazing and watching the pond, like Henry Thoreau, in his Connecticut woods. The lower conservatory was allocated for a space to start and grow plants.
We spent many months planning and discussing this bold adventure and we were excited to be selected as part of his team.
Our team met with the homeowners and their architect over a lovely lunch, while we truly learned the focus and direction of this custom project.
Sepele Mahogany was selected as the building material for the high pitched roof of this noble structure. Masons were hired to gather stones and boulders from the surrounding hillside to build up the walls and highlight the authentic look of the original structure. We worked with the owner to turn his vision into a reality: shop plans were laid out, design options were considered, and each team worked harmoniously to achieve the exact look he wanted.
He decided to convert the lower ‘mill’ level into a production space for his wife to nurture annuals and tropicals. We effectively constructed a two level conservatory, ready to function as work space for her, and upstairs, a relaxing space for him.He also felt the access to the lower level was impeded by steep stairs, so a cylindrical, single person elevator was tucked into the corner of the room to carry plants and supplies between levels. We also added a small kitchenette to the upper level for entertaining guests.
Interesting elements of construction kept our master craftsmen on their toes: it was the first time we designed a 25 foot drop from the roof INTO THE WATER!
Construction went seamlessly- it usually does when homeowner, architect, conservatory builder all have the same goal. Today this proud homeowner boasts one of the most unique conservatories in America. Many seasons will be spent overlooking that glorious inland pond from their glass conservatory.