CONTACT

 

Kate Briggs Johnson, Architect

P.O. Box 565

Norfolk, CT  06058-0565

 

Phone: (860) 542-5626

Email: KBJarchitect@gmail.com

Design tailored to you 

 

Each of our clients and projects is unique. We pride ourselves on listening well and designing to meet individual needs. 

 

In this historic home each element of the kitchen was lovingly repurposed.  Old double-hung windows, which had been replaced with more energy efficient windows throughout the house, were converted into glass fronts for pantry cabinets.  Industrial lights not only illuminate the spaces but provide a warm reminder of their former home. Throughout the kitchen old door panels are used to make sides of cabinets and other architectural salvage is re-used in thoughtful ways.

 

 

Historic Renovations

 

This wonderful older Victorian in Norfolk, was in need of some updating, but more importantly, it needed some re-thinking of its relationship to its site.  By removing the garage, which was tucked behind the house and blocked the spectacular view of the meadow, we could re-orient the house toward the back of the property.  With a minimal addition and an expansion of the porch, the house now enjoys the property fully.

 

 
Green Building
 

From site design to material selection, Architects make decisions, which can significantly impact the environment.  Careful siting of a structure can reduce the amount of site work required and increase solar exposure.  Efficient building design can reduce the amount of material required while still creating wonderful spaces and comfortable homes.  Carefully selected products and building materials limit their environmental impact from production to installation in a completed non-toxic home.

 

 

 

 
Aging in Place
 

While it can be difficult to talk about declining health, planning for the inevitable can remove some of the stress that comes with aging.  In our residential work, we make a point of discussing access to and movement through the house in the event of a short-term disability.  This often results in a first floor bath with a generous shower, larger doors and a discussion of temporary ramps. 

 

Our projects, which have directly addressed Aging in Place, have included:

  • A first floor master bedroom and bath added onto an old farmhouse, which allowed the owner to continue to enjoy the house, while avoiding dangerously steep old stairs.

  • A first floor fully accessible apartment created within a large family home, which meant that the owner could stay in her home with plenty of space for family to visit.

  • An in-law apartment added to a family home, which has allowed the mother in-law to enjoy and live alongside her daughter’s family.

  • The conversion of a guest bath into an accessible bath with a shower by moving a few walls. This modification allowed the user to delay the inevitable transition to a skilled nursing home.

 

 

 
Harmonizing with Nature

 

We have designed in a number of houses, additions and renovations on a lovely wooded lake community in Northwestern CT. 

 

In the 1920’s the architect Alfredo Taylor built many structures on this lake and throughout Norfolk.  His architecture celebrated the joys of being in nature by creating wonderful exterior spaces and using stone and wood, which harmonized with the surroundings. 

 

Respecting  both Mr. Taylor’s legacy and the natural beauty of the area, we shared a similar philosophy and aesthetic, while designing these projects.