Piper House at Kensett sets a high bar for production housing.

Piper House Kitchen, Darien, Conn.

  • Piper House at Kensett sets a high bar for production housing.

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    Piper House at Kensett sets a high bar for production housing.

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    Piper House at Kensett sets a high bar for production housing.

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    The materials and layout are inspired by English manor style, but updated with contemporary touches.

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    The materials and layout are inspired by English manor style, but updated with contemporary touches.

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    The adjacent dining room follows that program.

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    The adjacent dining room follows that program.

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    The kitchen is especially impressive for its mix of luxurious looking materials, delivered at an approachable price.

    Jeff McNamara

    The kitchen is especially impressive for its mix of luxurious looking materials, delivered at an approachable price.

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    A marble kitchen island has seating on one side and workspace on the side that faces the range.

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    A marble kitchen island has seating on one side and workspace on the side that faces the range.

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    Yet "there's nothing crazy or undoable here," said the judges of the attractive details, including gleaming subway tiles, handsome cabinets, crisp-looking dark-framed windows, and open shelving.

    Jeff McNamara

    Yet "there's nothing crazy or undoable here," said the judges of the attractive details, including gleaming subway tiles, handsome cabinets, crisp-looking dark-framed windows, and open shelving.

 

“Great news for production builders about what’s possible,” said the judges of Piper House, which won a Grand Award. “Elegant and with the times” was the description of a kitchen that draws inspiration from the scullery in an English manor house (dreams of Downton Abbey, anyone?).

Cabinets painted gray update the scullery theme, along with open shelving, contrasting dark window frames, and polished nickel hardware. Thanks to clerestory windows set above work surfaces, natural light spills onto the Carrera marble countertops and bounces off glossy white subway tiles that line the backsplash and extend to the ceiling.

Piper House sets a standard that all model homes should look to. Concluded the judges: “There’s nothing crazy or undoable here.”

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