A Taste of Tuscany
DUBBED “THE CASTLE” BY TOWN MEMBERS, this turn-of-the-century home situated at the top of a hill gained its moniker from its resemblance to one of the many fortified Tuscan castles that dot the hilltops of Italy. The home’s medieval feel is enhanced by a stone gatehouse and an imposing campanile, or bell tower, which rises above a porte-cochere and lends a distinctly feudal presence to the residence.
Despite the sense of permanence its structure suggests, the house was in great need of repair by the time the current owners retained Wadia to undertake its restoration. As part of the renovation, they also wanted to update the home to include more modern amenities such as a larger, more luxurious master bedroom and an outdoor spa.
In a thoughtful balance between respect for traditional architecture and the contemporary needs of his clients, Wadia increased the footprint of the home to include an addition for a new master bedroom suite. Included in the expanded space is a generously sized bathroom with his and hers vanities, separate showers and his and hers dressing closets. He also added a terrace off the back of the house featuring a sunken garden and outdoor spa for the family. In what ultimately became a feat of engineering, Wadia dropped the foundation of the home by several feet to create a proper walkout basement to access the spa from what was originally little more than a crawl space under the home.
As part of the restoration, all of the stonework on the façade of the house was re-pointed, the house was re-roofed, and the interior of the home was completely gutted and renovated. From the existing interior space, Wadia created a new study with rich, dark mahogany paneling. It achieves a bright and airy feel from its coffered ceiling, which features delicate rosettes and gilded moldings. Likewise, the same exceptional workmanship is on display in the informal dining room. Antique doors fitted with lovely leaded glass panes perpetuate the medieval feel of the home, one of thousands of design details that distinguishes all of Wadia’s work.