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  • Writer's pictureJohn Mastera, Architect, AIA

Fun House - New Canaan: Gate House Meeting and Recreation Cabana

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

Many of our projects are home renovations. This often means updating an entire home, or adding improvements in just a part or section of a house. This featured project involved building an entirely new addition to a handsome, classically styled home in Connecticut.

This New Canaan Gate House Meeting and Recreation Cabana was designed complete with a full basketball court, a balcony viewing area, two sitting areas with fireplaces, two exercise areas fully equipped with the latest equipment, a full kitchen, a round home office with bent glass windows and a private bath (for board meetings), two bowling alleys, a billiard room, home theater, parking, his and hers shower rooms, a dining porch off of the Kitchen (overlooking the property), an outdoor living room with a fireplace and television under a Sapele and copper roof overlooking the pool, among other amenities.

We worked with GR Plume Company for the trellis woodwork and specifically chose the durable yet extraordinarily beautiful African sapele tropical hardwood for the exterior roof structure and trellis. From the firm’s website: “Sawn from solid, air dried sapele, GRPC sliced and glued the arch members of the dome structure along with the larger compression ring and the smaller tension ring. All rafters, both curved and straight, received an elegant, sawn ogee end detail. The entire roof structure as pre-assembled in our shop and then disassembled, labeled and shipped to jobsite.”

The trusses soar 27 feet above the floor of the basketball court and span 39 feet. The result is six soaring wood trusses with a cathedral-like sculptural ceiling of gabled vaults intersecting each other down the length of the main portion of the building.

One interesting side note for this project, the owners had plans prepared so the structure can be converted into a house in the event that it was sold separately from the larger estate.

What do you think of this project? If you were to build a fun house of your own - what would you put inside? Let us know on Facebook and Instagram or leave your comments below.

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