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New Canaan Retreat | Silver Award

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New Canaan Retreat | Silver Award

A luxurious prefab pool house doubles as a guest space and studio or office


By Peter Fabris August 24, 2017
New Canaan Retreat
This article first appeared in the September 2017 issue of Pro Builder.

New Canaan Retreat, Silver Award, Modular

Site: New Canaan, Conn.
Designer: Cocoon9 Prefab
Builder: Seabox, Inc.
Photographer: William Cole Photography
Size: 480 sf
Hard Cost, excluding land: N/A
Completion: July 2016

The owner of this modern modular home wanted to quickly replace a cabin with a newer building that could serve multiple purposes. Manufactured off-site and dropped into place with minimal site work, this 12-foot-by-40-foot structure was a perfect solution. Set next to an infinity pool, the home’s primary purpose is pool house, but it also works as a guest space and studio/office. Constructed of a continuous wall of composite structural insulated panels, a steel superstructure, and light steel framing, the home has two 9-foot sliders so that the poolside wall is entirely glass. Generously sized windows on other walls bring in more daylight.

“All floor-to-ceiling windows make it seem bigger and part of the exterior pool deck,” notes Steven Chen, designer for Cocoon9 Prefab. Movable louvers provide privacy and shade. A flat-screen TV/art piece on an interior dividing wall can be rotated for viewing from either side of the dwelling; a transparent gas fireplace below also can be enjoyed from both sides.

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