HABITAT Ridgefield artist’s ‘whimsical’ home
RIDGEFIELD — At the time, building the home at 68 Bloomer Road out of reclaimed materials was more of a practical decision than an aesthetic one.
The home, built by an artist in the 1940s, was constructed using antique bricks and wood and wrought iron hardware from a barn in Bedford, N.Y., because newer materials were scarce during World War II.
But decades later, it is this practical decision that gives the home its visual charm, homeowner Jennifer Reid said.
“It was fortunate for us, because those are the things that are so precious about the house,” she said. “I’ve had people come into the house that are really collectors and say, ‘This would be impossible to recreate. These are so unique.’”
The barn gave the home its “whimsical” features that still are there today, including original tack hooks, chestnut beams with stall numbers and stall doors.
Original barn siding can also be found throughout the two-story great room, which is complete with a flagstone fireplace.
The home has been remodeled and added to over the years, though, but always with keeping the “rustic feel” in mind, Reid said. Perhaps the largest addition was a two-story “tower” that includes the dining area on the first floor and a library sitting area on the second.
Floor-to-ceiling windows on both floors of the tower were put in to capture the views of the hilltop property. The second-floor sitting area has the “best view in the whole house,” Reid said.
“It looks out toward Redding and you have these beautiful sunrises,” she said. “That’s something that’s hard to capture in a picture, but it’s spectacular to wake up to in the morning.”
Reid added that the 2.59-acre property also provides a lot of privacy. The house sits on a hill with rolling grass and woodlands surrounding it, which makes it perfect for entertaining even out on the back patio, she said.
“It’s very, very quiet,” she said. “That’s a feature that people do love.”
The home is on the market for $785,000.