From its onset, Classic Colonial Homes’ guiding principal was to create residential architecture that combined spacious yet efficient, and comfortable open floor plans within traditional, historically inspired designs to create the warmth, charm and character that we most admire in antique New England homes. Inspired by the work of master builders centuries earlier, our late founder, Lloyd Abbott Kirley’s own unique designs came from personal impressions developed by decades of exposure to early American architecture. The resulting designs were not replicas of existing homes but original works that each contained historically correct proportions, form, scale and detailing to establish a particular style and air of authenticity of its own. When built as designed, using hand-made products his company created exclusively for them, every Classic Colonial Home would honor the past while being admired by future generations, alike.
Raised in a family where design was a common word, Lloyd Kirley’s father was an Architect and his brother was a Landscape Architect. Formal training led to a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture for Lloyd but he chose to follow his passion and became a master in the art and design of distinctive, early American style, single family homes.
Lloyd’s interior designs reflected his informal nature with free flowing floor plans, comfortable living spaces and room to room relationships promoting family interaction. His careful conservation of space and logical internal and external circulation patterns added to the popularity of his designs. Lloyd had a particular concern for the function of the kitchen in day-to-day family life and made sure that the “heart of the home” as he called it, related well to other family gathering areas.
He was generous but tasteful with the use of windows, glass doors and skylights to promote natural interior light and to develop interactions between interior spaces and the outside landscape. He felt that the landscape and building site should be critical elements in the design process and that a structure should relate logically to its natural surroundings. Whenever possible, Lloyd worked to insure that this relationship was accounted for and his best designs reflected this intent.
The Design Team at CCH is honored to have worked with and learned from Lloyd over many years. His enduring mission was to help clients create truly classic homes in the most efficient, convenient & precise method possible. This generations-strong family business and Lloyd’s legacy both live on today at Classic Colonial Homes, Inc.