Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gallery: A Connecticut Yankee in Glen Ellyn

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Patty and Joe Trindl's Glen Ellyn home has traditional charm, but it's all new, built in 2014. The long front porch "is great for breakfast, for reading or for napping," Patty Trindl said. "It's best for long naps." Patty, who grew up in the Chicago area but often visited Connecticut relatives as a child, wanted to call up the casual comfort of the homes she admired there. The five-bedroom home, set on a small hill on 3.9 acres on Sunnybrook Road in Glen Ellyn, is a private listing, only seen here and not on the multiple listing service. it's priced at just under $4 million and represented by Cindy Purdom of Re/Max Suburban. Click here to read more.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kelly Swartz Photography

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"I wanted to connect the indoors and outdoors as much as possible," Trindl said. She accomplished that in this inviting hybrid of a room and a porch that looks over the back yard. It's a four-season room, but with an outdoor character that comes from the beadboard, fans and stone floor. It opens on one end to a cozy screened porch, and on the other to a deck.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kelly Swartz Photography

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Multiple dormers, a long porch and a stone chimney give the home the aura of a New England country inn. For people of a certain age, the home calls up images of the homes in the movie "Holiday Inn," and the later episodes of "I Love Lucy," when Lucy and Ricky moved to Connecticut. "We hear that a lot," Trindl said.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kelly Swartz Photography

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Classic finishes like the wood fireplace wall and beams, transom-topped doors and a beamed ceiling give the home a traditional charm, but it's all new, built in 2014.

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The hearth room is the hub of the home, with the kitchen adjacent.

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The dining room is the home's most formal space. Built-in cabinets, one of Trindl's favorite touches from older homes, stand in the corner and on both sides of the marble-topped serving station at left.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kelly Swartz Photography

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Built for entertaining, the kitchen has two islands and a stove nook, with light fixtures hanging overhead that suggest old-time gas lamps. There's a window seat, one of several in the home, and as you move into the hearth room, the ceiling lifts up to capture more light and views of the mature trees outside.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kelly Swartz Photography

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The wood-trimmed library, furnished for the photo shoot with a desk, has been the scene of many family holiday gatherings, Trindl said. The grand piano is often at the center of sing-alongs. "White Christmas," anyone?

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The bright space above the bar in the basement isn't a light, it's a skylight, bringing daylight down from two stories up. Behind the bar is more exposed stone, suggesting a far older structure than what's really here.

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In the master bedroom, Trindl indulged her love of built-ins, with a bookcase, a window seat and storage built under the eaves. Light streams in through skylights and a pair of arch-topped French doors that lead to a deck.

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The master bath is expansive. The seated vanity between two sinks gets light from two sides, and the tub is positioned so that "you can look at the fireplace on one side, and nature on the other," Trindl says.

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The wooded setting, some of which was formerly a working apple orchard, was great for raising kids, Trindl said, and so was the sports court, which they convert to a hockey rink in winter. With all three kids now grown, she said, "we think it's time for another family to enjoy this." Click here to return to the story.

PHOTO CREDIT: Studio HCR Photography

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