Energy-efficient house in Westport ‘big but cozy’
WESTPORT — Hande Gurdogan remembers how awestruck she felt in November 2017 as she stepped inside the house at 22 Warnock Drive.
She wasn’t looking to spend anywhere near $2.5 million for a home. In fact, she planned to spend much less. But as soon as she finished touring the 7,400-square-foot home, eyeing the top-notch architecture and high-end appliances, she was sold.
“It’s stylish and the quality is outstanding,” she said. “Usually in houses this big — it doesn’t have that cozy feeling. I think what makes this house special is it’s big but cozy at the same time.”
The Energy Star-certified home was designed to meet requirements for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The six-bedroom, six-bathroom compound has a complete thermal enclosure system that includes air-sealing, installed insulation and high-performing windows. It has a water management system to protect the roof, walls and foundation — and energy efficient lighting to help reduce utility bills, according to Energy Star.
“In a nutshell, this house is 50 percent more energy efficient than an average house that has been built today and this number comes from being more than 60 percent efficient in heating and almost 40 percent efficient in cooling,” said Mikhail Faifman of Faifman Real Estate Group. “An average person would save $700 to $800 a month in energy costs in this house.”
Additional features include a soundproof movie theater on the bottom floor, LED lighting throughout the house, security cameras, windows that open in two directions, automatic blackout shutters imported from Poland that completely cover every window, four fireplaces and four ovens.
The outside of the home is built with maintenance-free material that protects from rot or rust.
“There is no agent in Westport who has not heard of or who does not know of this house,” the real estate agent said.
Built by Paul Gudas of Skyview Builders, the house showcases the possibilities of modern architecture, design and implementation, Faifman said.
A former architect and real estate agent of 14 years, Faifman is well-versed in gauging style and quality of a finished product.
“I’m a very active broker and I show probably 70 to 80 houses a week so I see a lot of houses and I show houses which are $4, $5, $6 million,” he said.
Typically, a home like Gurdogan’s would cost about $15 million, Faifman said. So, Gudas was able to create a quality home at a lower price point. “Any family probably wouldn’t have trouble acclimating to this house. You can just come in and literally unpack your bags and enjoy,” he said.
The home, for sale, costs $2.6 million and Faifman isn’t worried about the prospect of it not selling, seeing as how Gurdogan bought it the first weekend he showed it.
Gurdogan, sad to leave, said the next person who moves in would be blessed to live in the house that feels like living in a fashionable but cozy resort in the mountains.
“We really appreciate it a lot,” she said. “We moved to this house in the beginning of June and three days later the house set up was like this.”
Her wish is for the next tenant to feel as comfortable as she does.