The New Old Home Concept
Building homes that hearken back to a former age when fine architecture was revered
and quality building was the order of the day makes a lot of sense on many levels.
There is a reason that many buyers seek out older homes in spite of their maintenance
and upkeep issues; the homes of yesteryear hold a charm and grace captured in their
classical architectural roots that is easily distinguishable from their contemporary
counterparts that lack the scale and proportion inherent to good design. The New
Old House concept is to capture the essence of historic architecture in a new home
so that we can have the charm and warmth embodied in that architecture, but take
advantage of all the technologies and amenities of a new home.
At Connor Homes we build New Old Homes that cross a wide spectrum of historic vernaculars,
from Georgian Colonials of the early eighteenth century, Federal style from the
latter eighteenth century, Greek Revival from the mid nineteenth century, Shingle
and bungalow style from late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, and
Colonial Revival from that same time period. The common thread for all these vernaculars
is a firm foothold in classical architecture. We design our homes with an understanding
of the need for a modern floorplan and amenities, and we often design to regional
variations that dictate a different or interesting twist while adhering to the principles
that define the various vernaculars.
Manufacturing the New Old Home
Contrary to what most builders and homeowners think, the more complex and sophisticated
the architectural details, the more they lend themselves to offsite manufacturing.
With today’s high tech machinery and software, it makes increasing sense to take
advantage of those advances. After all, you wouldn’t think to build a new car in
your driveway with parts from the auto parts store, when it can be done so much
better and more efficiently in a factory. So why do we continue to think that high
end homes have to be built and assembled on site, one raw piece at a time? The answer
lies in the fact that sophisticated machinery can only do what we tell it to do,
and that is where the expertise we have at Connor Homes comes in. Our dedicated
staff of professional architects and designers has the knowledge to design in vernacular
styles with authentic accuracy, and so in turn, our manufacturing technology and
team of experienced carpenters can be used to efficiently produce beautiful and
exquisite architectural details. This unique ability is the culmination of many
years of research and development by our company to find the best, smartest and
most efficient ways to produce authentic historic architectural details for our
customers. Add to that the craftsmen who have spent many years with our company
and who have an uncommon understanding of fine woodworking, and it is easy to see
why our company is redefining how homes are built today.
"In the end we got more house for our money than we ever dreamed possible; an old
farm house without the 'old', complete with wrap around porches and an old fashioned
shake roof. "
New Haven, VT
"Our favorite is when people say "Your house is so pretty. It looks like it has
always been here." "