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Salvaged, hand-hewn wooden beams intersecting the first-floor ceiling were used to create a wraparound mantel. "The beams are from a factory in Minneapolis," Chuck says. "Casey and I are from there so their origin is meaningful to us."
A small area in what was a first-floor bedroom was bumped out (onto the existing front porch) to add an updated kitchen. The living room is on the beach side and opens to a deck. The wall that faces the Sound consists of three large sliding glass doors, the center one spanning 13 feet.
The relaxed, French-flavored design of the interior was a collaboration of Casey and a few friends. Much of the furniture, fabric and accessories were purchased at local Westport shops.
As for the kids' house, it only needed a partial renovation; it was updated by previous owners who moved down the lane. It's finely appointed but without the antique French furniture—and the early-bird parents. Perhaps Chuck and Casey are on the cusp of a cutting edge vacation home trend. A second home in town is a logical idea, but adjacent second and third homes—one for the adults, one for the children—is absolute genius.