Stamford on the Water

Sophisticated Empty Nesters enlisted us to transform their 1950s French country style house into a home that better matched their modern design sensibilities.  White shiplap vaulted ceilings draw the eyes towards gorgeous views of the harbor available from nearly every room. The music room, with its steep pyramid-shaped roof and arched dormers, is one of the family's favorite additions to the house. What makes it so special is the magical way that the room's curves and angles accentuate sunlight pouring in through the arched windows. The uniquely shaped space also has wonderful acoustics, ideal for enjoying melodies played on the grand piano.


Darien, CT - LEED Platinum Environmentally Friendly Remodel

Photos by Jeanna Shepard Photography

Earning LEED Platinum certification for a renovation of a home nearing the century mark is a rare achievement. Trillium Architects answered the client’s request for an open, spacious, and family-friendly design, while maintaining a compact footprint and fitting sensitively into the colonial context of its neighborhood. The homeowners also desired a low-impact, environmentally-friendly home that used a cradle-to-cradle approach to materials use. Though the home underwent a gut renovation which doubled its size, the owner’s energy bills were halved.


  • LEED Platinum-certified
  • HERS rating of 37 / 100
  • Winner of the CT Green Building Council Residential Merit Award, 2012
  • Zero-VOC materials used throughout entire construction
  • Demolished portions of house were 98% reused or recycled
  • Full water collection and re-use
  • Extremely low-flow water fixtures
  • Recycled denim insulation
  • Rain-screen (vented) siding adds 10-20 years to life of exterior paint
  • Trimwork milled from 100-foot spruce tree cut from property
  • Size of project: Original 1476-sq.ft. house increased to 2858-sq.ft. 

Articles, awards, and certifications

Fine Homebuilding Magazine: 2013 Houses Awards gallery

Darien News: Home renovation goes "green" with recycled materials

USGBC: LEED Platinum certification (LEED BD+C: Homes v3)


Green Renovation in Westport, CT

An extensive renovation of a drafty 1930’s home, this project includes multiple energy-efficient features working behind the scenes.  This Arts-and-Crafts design mixes curved lines with triangular gables, and combines shingle with stone for an asymmetrical composition that engages the eye. Meticulous space planning and built-ins enabled better flow and more efficient space, while only 800  sf was added on.


  • 5.5 kW solar PV array
  • Whole-house water filtration system
  • New insulation throughout for improved energy efficiency
  • Energy Star windows
  • Low-maintenance decking
  • All lumber is FSC-certified
  • No- and low-VOC paints
  • High-efficiency fireplace inserts
  •  Locally-sourced river rock floors
  • All natural finishes
  • Re-configured floor plans for a more open feel
  • Project size: 800-sq.ft. addition; 1,000-sq.ft. renovation

Interior Remodel in Darien, CT 

Designed for a couple with a young family who wanted to make the most of this small house, we created plenty of open floor space and lots of natural light while also making the house energy efficient. We accomplished that by placing floor-to-ceiling windows where possible and even exploring smaller stair spaces with triangular units. Working within the existing envelope, including existing siding that had to remain, we insulated the house from the inside with open-cell foam in wall cavities and a combination of closed-cell foam and mineral wool along basement walls.The final result is a well-performing, energy-efficient house that feels a lot bigger, brighter, and happier without breaking the bank.

Awards and Certifications

National Green Building Standard - Silver Certification