On the Market: New build in Stratfield section of town
Published 12:00 am, Saturday, December 24, 2016
FAIRFIELD — Realtors wear many hats. Their responsibilities require a knowledge of marketing, sales, and municipal zoning regulations. They must also be familiar with the local inventory and amenities that make a community desirable.
In recent years many Realtors are adding the talent of staging to their resumes, an expertise that Realtor Debra Kandrak has practiced for 30 years. She has taken it to the next level in the newly constructed colonial house at 10 Jackman Ave. in the Stratfield neighborhood not only staging the house but working with the builder to recommend some of this home’s key components including its layout. In most rooms she has even shopped for and selected light fixtures, the high-end imported kitchen appliances, bathroom faucets, and hardware.
Kandrak created a subtle unifying theme throughout the 3,158-square-foot house by introducing modernistic metal features, many of them in square shapes. All of it is framed in attractive paneling and millwork. In each room she selected lighting fixtures that are different yet each has enough similarity to the next by way of design elements and metal overlays to give the rooms continuity and a contemporary flare.
The house sits on a 0.21 of an acre level and fenced lot at the corner of Park Avenue. A fieldstone wall borders the front and one side of the property. The exterior of the house is vinyl siding made to look like cedar shingles in a sandy gray-beige color with white trim. The front door opens to the two-story foyer, which has a metal orb chandelier and metallic balusters - the base of each if square shaped, on the staircase. Tall sidelights flank the front door and there is a large picture window above it.
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On the main level there are nine-foot ceilings and on the second level the bedrooms have tall vaulted ceilings. The tall ceilings, good-size rooms, and the layout combine to give this house the sense that it is larger than it really is. The space is well used. The first floor has a flexible use room that for most families would probably be a living or sitting room. Then again, many families today are giving up living rooms to create a first floor game or music room, an office, or bedroom.
Kandrak convinced the builder to give this room a full bath so it can be used as a guest suite, but she also gave the bath access from the kitchen. That way the bath can be used by residents and guests since there is no first floor powder room. It has a porcelain tile floor and backsplash made to resemble Carrera marble and walk-in shower with a river rock floor.
In the cook’s kitchen Kandrak selected large scale, elongated subway tiles for the backsplash but, with an eye for design and attention to detail, she got a tile that also has beveled edges. She chose the larger tile because the smaller, typical size, could create a pattern that would be too busy in a house that, while colonial, lives like a contemporary.
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Other kitchen features include a center island topped in quartz, self-closing drawers, and a deep rectangular stainless sink; the latter continuing that metal geometric shaped theme. The ends of the cabinetry and center island are not plain but are augmented with a finishing flourish. Bertazzoni Italian appliances include a six-burner gas range and refrigerator. The eat-in area of the kitchen has sliding doors that lead to the Trex deck, patio and backyard.
The house has a formal dining room off the kitchen and a family room, both open to the kitchen. The family room has a gas-fueled fireplace with a gray marble surround and a darker gray contemporary paneled mantel that is the same color as the front door.
On the second floor there are four more bedrooms and an extra wide hallway with two linen closets. Three of the four have walk-in closets. All four have ceiling fans. The hall bath has the same porcelain tile floor of the first floor bath and a double vanity topped in granite. The master suite has a generously sized bath with a porcelain tile floor that resembles Calacatta Gold marble, a shower with river rock flooring, and a deep soaking tub. Continuing the geometric theme there are three square mirrors over the double vanity.
For more information or to set up an appointment to see the house contact Debra Kandrak of William Raveis Real Estate at 203-581-3926 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.