Empty nesters may find this newly built Ellington home at 59 Middle Road constructed for them in mind - but families will feel the same way, too.
The first-floor master bedroom suite is highly desirable for people who have climbed enough stairs over the years. The floor plan allows for large gatherings, small family dinners and intimate evenings for two.
The Town of Ellington is a lot like this new house. It’s a wonderful town for retirees – quiet and quaint, there is plenty of elbow room and the pace is easy. Then again, if you have children and want them to receive an excellent education, the Ellington school system gets high marks.
Pioneer Builders, the company behind 59 Middle Road, was started in 1986. President Tom Savage has over 35 years of residential construction experience mostly in the Tolland County area. His homes also are found in towns like Enfield and Granby.
“Most are custom-built homes,” says Savage of his projects. The new home at 59 Middle Road was built with specific goals in mind.
“This is for people who have owned a couple of houses,” Savage says. “We envisioned a couple with a kid in college or high-school age.” Two bedrooms and a full bath are placed upstairs, allowing for privacy that an older child would appreciate. Also separate from the main floor is a spacious lower-level recreation room.
“You can put your pool table down there,” says Savage of the recreation room. Berber carpeting and 15 recessed ceiling lights make the space ideal for a number of table games and a place to take in Sunday afternoon football games with friends. A wet bar sits in one corner helps with entertaining a mature crowd. Another option is to use one corner for an exercise area. After working up a sweat, you can take advantage of the shower offered by the lower level’s full bath.
“There’s an egress window to let more light in,” says Tom’s wife, Cindy, who wears many hats at Pioneer. In addition to handling administrative duties, she personally selected some of the custom touches found in the home.
“We put all the high-end finishes in here,” says Tom Savage. “We were thinking quality as opposed to quantity.”
The kitchen is the most obvious example of this philosophy. High-end appliances and a custom-built hutch create a visual treat that is also functional. Rich chocolate colored wood covers the hutch and seven-foot island, contrasting beautifully with the white raised-panel cabinets, stainless steel appliances, subway backsplash tile from Italy and chrome fixtures. A walk-in pantry has adjustable, naturally finished maple shelving, electrical outlets and a countertop.
“We wanted a clean look, a lot of style,” says Savage about the chrome highlights found throughout the home. Handles, knobs, hinges, faucets and the pendant lights above the island are made of sparkling chrome. “It’s classic and never goes out of style,” he says.
A commercial grade range and double electric ovens are made by Jenn-Air. Built in beneath the countertop is a high-end Sharp microwave oven.
“We picked it to match,” says Cindy Savage of the Quartzite kitchen countertops’ resemblance to the marble face on the see-through fireplace facing the kitchen.
The kitchen extends past the fireplace to include a dining area with large windows and a sliding glass door leading outside. “We did this space so you could sit by the fireplace and eat, have a Thanksgiving meal at a big table, or sit by the windows,” she says.
The propane-fired fireplace is a 48-inch Covington see-through model that vents through the roof. A wood mantle surrounds the marble on the kitchen side and a split face stone veneer with a granite shelf and hearth are on the opposite, great room side. Ignition, flame height and accent lighting for the fireplace are all controlled by remote. Above the fireplace on each side is wiring for a flat-screen television.
Pocket doors on each side of the fireplace allow the great room to be closed off from the kitchen if desired. The 22-foot ceiling is another stand-out feature found in the great room area.
The master bedroom features a tray ceiling and more of the red oak flooring which runs through the entire downstairs (except for the mudroom, the bathrooms and the carpeted, windowed walk-in closet for the master bedroom).
Marble counters cover his-and-hers vanities in the master bath. A center section is lowered, creating a perfect for sitting and applying makeup. Relaxing baths can be drawn in the six-foot soaking tub but there is a shower as well.
“What I was going for was a manageable space for people to take care of,” says Tom Savage. “Rooms are a good size but not too big. It’s a low-maintenance property.”
Monogrammed “Summer Wheat” vinyl siding covers most of the exterior. In front, there is Owens Corning cultured stone veneer. Seamless white gutters and downspouts add a crisp, clean look to the exterior. Windows are Anderson 200 series white vinyl with double pane Low-E insulated glass and air space grilles.
A three-zone central air conditioning system provides cooling and a three-zone propane-fired hot air heating system provides warmth. The Energy Star 97-percent efficient Bryant furnace has a humidifier and PVC direct venting. Hot water is supplied via the Energy Star Nortiz tankless on-demand water heater. Public water and sewage and underground utilities are all features of the home.
To tour 59 Middle Road in Ellington, visit the open house this Sunday, Dec. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information on the property or to schedule a private tour, call Cindy Savage of Pioneer Builders at 860-871-6835.
Builder: Pioneer Builders of Ellington, Inc.
Square footage: 3,560 square feet
Acreage: 1 acre
Tax rate: 28.4 mills
Best features: Quality construction in a country setting
Contact: Cindy Savage, Pioneer Builders, 860-871-6835
Larry Greene is a freelance writer based in Norwich.