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May 2007


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On the Waterfront
By Emily Liebert

A SHIPPAN COUPLE CREATES A ROOMY, SHINGLE-STYLE HOME ON THE SOUND TO ACCOMMODATE THEIR GROWING FAMILY AND A STEADY STREAM OF GUESTS

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When Jamie and Michael Delaney set out to renovate the circa-1912, mission-style home they'd just purchased in Stamford's Shippan area—a sliver of land jutting into the Long Island Sound—they knew they needed room to dance. "We told the architect that we wanted to be able to have a conga line around the kitchen island," says Jamie, who, along with her husband, owns a knitwear company in Manhattan.

The designing duo, known for entertaining and hosting large feasts, had two other priorities to maximize their waterfront location, which features a private beach below a sea wall in back. "We recognized that the views from inside and the outdoor area were going to be the stars of this property," Jamie says. "All doors and windows needed to lead to the water."

With these goals in mind, the Delaneys first called upon Stamford-based landscape architect Bruce Zellers to transform the one-acre lot. "This project was all about the view of the Sound and not imposing on it," Zellers says. "The mature trees on the property are the only original plantings that remain. Perennials and vibrant hydrangea add elements of surprise, along with the occasional antique bench to sneak away to." On the east side of the property, which was previously ignored, Zellers designed a spectacular spa and pool overlooking the Sound complete with fan palms at the entrance. The installation was by Signature Pools of Norwalk.

To ensure that the 2,000-square-foot outdoor space was both private and inviting to company—including the Delaneys' children Hallie (20), Luke (17), and Ryan (16) and their friends—the focus fell on the deep wraparound porch. "It's why we fell in love with the house," says Jamie, who set up multiple sitting areas so guests could spread out.

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