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Train Depot to Modern Cottage Conversion

From train depot to modern cabin design in Connecticut, this cool timber house by Organschi Architecture has brought us to a screeching halt! We fell in love with its contemporary touches and prevailing cottage feel, which comes via the extensive use of glass and wood which both invite nature indoors, in their own way. Inside, bleached pine and a rustic, brick fireplace feature instantly evoke the feeling of a true countryside home.

From Organschi Architecture, “The Shepaug River Valley Railroad, which ran along the Bantam River in the late 19th century, stopped at this location, once the site of a tiny local train depot. We saved and reinforced the existing 19th century rubble foundation, using it as the base for this new house. Two simple gable structures, oriented perpendicularly to each other, create space for a large open plan between them and refer, through their forms, to neighboring barns and to the region’s agricultural heritage.”
The house is surrounded by forested land, lending privacy and setting the stage for its timber-clad character.
From its humble exterior to its cozy interior and nature all around, this outstanding conversion is a must-see. Come on in…
A glass door welcomes you in, where interiors are very much in tune with the home’s facade and its surroundings – modern, yet with an overriding rustic feel.
The open concept main living area puts the kitchen, living and dining areas within this open layout, enclosed in glass and wrapped in warm, natural wood.
Sit back and relax or entertain in style – this is the ideal of “home.”
A well-used and no doubt well-loved fireplace feature warms up the space in temperature and in looks. This brick feature boasts an open firebox which adds rustic flair to the flame.
The dining area has a great view of the outdoors through floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall glass. Bon appetit!
We love the modern yet country-chic dining table, complete with a crack running down the middle. This intimate eating area is topped by a pair of gauzy globes – oversized pendant lights that create a contemporary focal point overhead.
The kitchen is clad in wood from floor to ceiling, The clean faced cabinets are adorned only in the medium’s warm, natural grain.
A casual sitting and sipping area is the perfect spot for a morning coffee or a glass of wine as you let your meal settle while taking in the view.
The wood stairwell leads you through the enclosed tunnel by its long, linear grain.
In contrast, this staircase leading from the main living area up is bright and open, following the glass wall and up toward the vaulted ceiling overhead.
This den features cozy seating nestled beneath picture windows that make you feel like you’re sitting outdoors.
Meanwhile, this glazed bedroom boasts a sliding glass wall that opens onto an alfresco sitting area.
Another bedroom is outfitted with a plush bed topped by large skylights overhead.
Expansive glazing and the vaulted ceilings combine to create these bright and airy interior spaces.
The bathroom is a serene space where generous views and complemented by the natural wood walls, marble-topped vanity and stone tile floors. The organically shaped freestanding soaker tub is modern, yet natural all at once.
Behind a glass wall, a blue-tiled walk-in shower brings a bit of ocean inspiration into this space.
Organschi Architecture


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