athome’s Creative/Editorial Director Amy Vischio takes on a very personal project—her own home in Fairfield.
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So there were some mishaps that kept her up at night. There were days when dust from the renovation covered everything in her house. There was the one week that turned into three weeks when she and her husband and their dog Sadie moved in with Amy’s parents while the floors were being redone. There were days when she was just “over it”, and even the Moffly editorial staff’s favorite indulgence, dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s, couldn’t stop the moments of second-guessing if this had been worth the time, stress, and hemorrhage of money required.
In the midst of all this—the realities of a renovation—there was the excitement of seeing it all coming together. Fortunately, Amy had assembled a great team that helped her reach the finish line and realize her vision. While many people complain that the builders are dragging their feet, Shawn Mauro and his crew worked so fast that Amy joked that one day she’d come home to a finished project. Shawn embraced the challenges of the space, and encouraged Amy to follow through with her plan for James Hardie board-and-batten siding, a product and style she felt was perfect for the house, even though it created more work for him. Architect Neil Hauck was the calm, informed partner Amy relied on to create a seamless, appropriate design for the addition.
Amy also enlisted the help of John Eigo of Hemingway Custom Cabinetry and Architectural Millwork for her wet bar, office and storage design, and the Hemingway team exceeded her expectations on all fronts. “Nothing was ever too much trouble, and John was the ultimate problem-solver,” she says. Hemingway worked with Aitoro to find the one and only set of refrigerator drawers that would fit into her small-scale wet bar from Sub-Zero. When Amy was losing sleep over the flooring transition from hardwood to limestone, John delivered three custom-made options for her to choose from—all of them so perfect, it was hard to pick one. It was clear that John’s commitment to doing things right was especially appreciated by a woman of particular taste and near-obsessive attention to detail.