By TONY BACEWICZ
4:52 PM EDT, June 20, 2013
Homebuyers seeking a peaceful country setting with easy access to shopping and services have been looking at Ellington more closely in recent years. Top-quality residential homes from Pioneer Builders have helped attract buyers to the area.
Tom Savage, president of Pioneer Builders, has been in the construction industry for more than 30 years. His preference for building new homes in Ellington is not without a personal bias – that’s the town he lives in. “Ellington is a great town with an excellent school system,” he says. “I’ve lived in town since 1962 and there are still lots of farms and the quiet streets make it a nice place to live and raise a family.”
Creating a unique home that would appeal to the lifestyle of mature homebuyers was a task that Savage took very seriously. “I searched through at least a couple of thousand plans online until I found one that would meet my criteria,” he says. “Then I customized it even more in the planning stage and during construction.”
Savage wanted to build “a flexible living space with no dead rooms that are not used,” he says. The space that flows through the kitchen, dining and living areas of 59 Middle Road is a great example of his concept’s implementation. The well-appointed custom kitchen is part of an L-shaped configuration that includes a 26-foot by 12-foot flexible space that runs from a tall custom-built cherry wood hutch to a potential dining area bump-out bathed in natural light on three sides.
A number of thoughtful premium touches make the kitchen a truly high-end space. There is a six-burner, dual fuel Jenn-Air range and matching slide-out microwave oven that is mounted in the cabinetry at waist level for easy access. Above the range is a flexible, jointed water spout for filling pots that folds close to the wall when not in use.
Ample cabinetry is installed above and below the 16-foot run of countertop with its subway tile backsplash. More kitchen workspace is available in the seven-foot center island where a deep sink and dishwasher are found. A walk-in pantry with plenty of built-in counter space for small appliances is just steps away from the main kitchen area.
Tucked away by the mud room entrance to the kitchen is a fully applianced first-floor laundry with utility sink and folding table that facilitates total first-floor living. Opposite the kitchen area, sliding pocket doors flank a two-sided, see-through gas fireplace made of natural stone that defines the space while providing an inviting connection to the adjacent living room.
Simplicity and airiness characterize the 21-foot by 17-foot living room that is topped by a cathedral ceiling composed of intersecting polygons some 22 feet above the natural toned hardwood floor. Plenty of light pours in from the triple bank of windows capped with a custom-made arch-top window that provides its own artistically framed view of the backyard when seen from the second-floor landing.
The 16-foot by 16-foot master suite on the first floor features a tray ceiling and a lighted paddle fan. Four windows in a bow configuration let in plenty of light and provide a view to the backyard greenery.
In the master bath, a dual basin Jack and Jill-style marble-topped vanity includes a central make-up area lit by a pair of shaded sconce lights. Just a few steps away is a window-lit six-foot soaking tub and a shower enclosure with glass door and built-in seat. A roomy window-lit walk-in closet is also accessible from the master bath.
Upstairs are two large bedrooms on the east and west sides of the home that provide very separate and private sleeping areas that embrace sunrise and sunset views. The shared bathroom includes a combination shower and tub enclosure and a marble-topped double sink vanity.
There’s plenty of room in the finished basement for a pool table, exercise equipment or an entertainment center beside the arch-topped service bar built into the partial wall that screens the main bar area. The convenience of a full bath with shower makes the basement an even more inviting area.
The country-sized lot has plenty of front and backyard space. The home is set back 150 feet from Middle Road and the rear yard is 100 feet deep which leaves plenty of room for a new owner to enjoy the outdoors.
The new owners of 59 Middle Road will also appreciate its convenient location. Hartford is less than half an hour away while Vernon and Manchester are even closer.
Although Savage says that he constructed the home with empty nesters in mind, it could easily please any family that appreciates a well-appointed, creatively designed living space in a bucolic country setting.
An open house at 59 Middle Road in Ellington will be held every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information or a personal showing contact Tom Savage of Pioneer Builders at 860-871 6835.
Builder: Pioneer Builders
Square footage: 3,560 square feet
Acreage: 1 acre
Mill rate: 28.4 mills
Best features: Creative, contemporary design in a country setting
Contact: Tom Savage, Pioneer Builders, 860-871-6835
Tony Bacewicz is a freelance writer based in Old Saybrook.
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