You see Able Construction‘s signs a lot in Westport. The company tears down old (sometimes not-so-old) homes, and builds new (often bigger) ones in their place.
But Able’s project at 268 Wilton Road is very different.
There — on a quite visible, well-traveled site, just south of the Red Barn — Able is renovating a handsome circa-1790 home.
Able partner Peter Greenberg says, “We knock down a lot of 1960s and ’70s houses. To do that to this one would be a crime.”
Attracted by the gracefulness of the home — unlike many old homes, it has big windows and decent ceilings — as well as its symmetry, Greenberg decided to do something different.
Able has moved the house 60 feet back from the busy street. Using architect Joe Cugno’s design, they’ll make the old home the centerpiece of a new one. Framing begins soon.
“It lends itself to a historical reproduction,” Greenberg says. The backyard of the 2-acre property is perfect for gardens and a pool.
“Lots of people are happy we’re saving this house,” Greenberg says.
Including the several alert “06880” readers who clued me in to this very Able construction, on one of the most visible sites in Westport.