Zoe's Race 2013!

We have begun work on this years projects for Zoe's Race, currently doing the design and planning work in preparation for the construction.  We feel proud and fortunate to be involved with this effort every year:  the whole Zoe's Race team is fabulous, the organization is really well run and collectively we are all making a big difference in our community.  On top of that, the actual fund-raising run is great fun as well.  This year's run will be on August 25 (Sunday morning) at Oakledge Park in Burlington.  Bring the kids, have a fun run, eat great food, get involved, support this effort!  More updates to come.  Here's a link to the website:  http://zoesrace.com zoes-race-logo-rgb-296x300

Clark Road Update

Exterior siding work is nearing completion on this project despite the winter weather.  Exterior siding materials used are standing seam metal roofing panels, Douglas Fir wood, and two colors of Eter-Color cement board siding.  Eter-Color is a high-density cement board with the color integral to the material (solid throughout) that requires no finish.  It is installed over rainscreen strapping with a reveal between each panel.  The result is an exceptionally durable and maintenance-free siding. Interior finish work is underway, progress shots coming soon.

SOUTHWEST I (small)
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NORTHEAST I (small)
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SOUTH PORCH I(small)
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Clark Road Update

A few snowy images of the Clark Road project.  As beautiful as the snow is (and as great as it is for skiing), it does present some challenges for construction work.  A bit of energy each day is devoted to shoveling and staying warm.  Despite the snow and cold weather, progress continues.  Exterior siding work is nearing completion, electrical and plumbing rough-in work is moving steadily along and insulation work has begun.  In the studio, we are busy with design and detail work for the interior finishes.

Autumn Hill Lane update

Exterior finish work is nearing completion on this project.  The wall and ceiling of the front entry porch are lined with douglas fir, and the wall of the house surrounding the front door is finished with rusted steel panels.  The warm colors of these materials complement the gray colors of the standing seam metal roofing and cement board siding. The combination creates a welcoming entry, clearly visible from the driveway approach.  There is a built-in bench on the porch that cantilevers from the west wall of the porch.  A horizontal opening in the porch wall allows for seasonal views eastward to Camel's Hump mountain.

Clark Road Update

Exterior siding and roofing work continues at the Clark Road project.  The exterior siding materials are standing seam metal and high-density solid-color fiber cement board rainscreen cladding.  The color is integral to the cement board and there are no surface coatings required (paint or otherwise) which makes for a very durable maintenance-free siding material.  The gray colors of the metal and cement board contrast nicely with the exposed fir beams and complement the natural setting of this house.

Autumn Hill Lane Update

We are fast approaching the completion of the Autumn Hill Lane house.  We have been fortunate to work with a collection of great builders and craftsmen on this project.  The efforts have been extraordinary across the board and as the finishing touches are happening it is particularly gratifying to see the end result.  Its been over a year since we began design work and it is very exciting to see the house coming together (and coming to life).

Clark Road Update

Great progress continues on the Clarke Road project.  Windows are in and the standing seam roofing work has begun. The metal roofing wraps down on the walls of the north elevation and on the wing walls of the living room deck.  The charcoal gray color of the roofing contrasts nicely with the warmth of the exposed fir (and the fall foliage colors).

Christian Brown Design is now Brown + Davis Design

Building on a period of steady growth in business, we are pleased to announce the partnership of Christian Brown and Lauren Davis.  Together we have over 35 years of combined architectural experience designing original and contemporary buildings.  We believe that our collaboration will help ideas flourish, bringing two viewpoints and a balance of perspectives to each project, and allow us to successfully manage our increasing workload.  Our partnership is enhanced by a shared interest in materials and craftsmanship along with a mutual belief that good design matters. We look forward to working with you!

Autumn Hill Lane

We are fast approaching the final stages of the Autumn Hill Lane project and its looking great.  Here are some progress shots.  The interior shots show the main open living space (21' tall) which will contain the kitchen, dining and living room.  The exterior windows face south and look out onto adjacent woods.  The site is a south-facing slope, with the bedrooms located on a walk-out level below the main living space.  The effect of the elevated floor level and large windows in the main living space is of being in a tree house.  The exterior shots show the front (north) elevation with cement board siding and aluminum trim partially installed.

Zoe's Race 2012

A reminder to all:  Zoe's Race will take place on Sunday, August 26.  This is a fun event for people of all ages and raises money for a great cause.  CBD has been actively involved with Zoe's Race from the beginning.  The event itself is a 1k and 5k run in Burlington, followed by a feast of great food and entertainment.  As it says on the website (www.zoesrace.com), "HowardCenter’s “Zoe’s Race” is a 1K fun run and 5K race to raise funds for Vermont families who are in need of creating accessible homes for their children. In its first year, the race had incredible community support and raised over $13,000. “Zoe’s Race” was also awarded a $5,000 grant from the Brenner Foundation. To date, over $60,000 has been raised to help remodel homes for local families." Here's a link to an article that appeared recently in kidsvt: "Beyond Handicapped Accessible"

Clark Road Update

Framing is well underway on the Clark Road project.  This week, the cantilevered fir beams were installed for the first floor deck and walkway.  Framing of the first floor system will wrap up this week.  Framing of the first floor walls will begin next week.  Preliminary backfilling is complete and the garage walls and roof are framed.

Autumn Hill Lane update

Construction is well underway on the Autumn Hill Lane house.  The foundations are done and backfilled and the framing has begun.  Construction photos to come soon.  In the meantime, here are a few 3-D images of the exterior.

On the Boards: Clark Road update

Thanks to the unusually warm Vermont winter, site work is moving ahead steadily on the Clark Road house.  The drive is in place and preliminary excavation work is complete.  The blasters were on site this week to clear up some ledge.  Final prep for foundations will begin next week.  Meanwhile, design work continues at a feverish pace in the studio in anticipation of construction.....

Masonry Heater

Here are some construction photographs of a masonry heater that was part of a significant renovation project on Crescent Beach Drive.  The masonry heater was designed to replace an existing wood burning fireplace and be the hub of the main living spaces, linking the kitchen, dining and living rooms.  Masonry heaters combine a high mass of masonry with a complex flue design to capture, store and slowly release the heat from a wood fire.  They burn very efficiently and release heat slowly over a long period of time.  These images show the intricate layers of masonry and exceptional craftsmanship involved.  Major props to William Davenport and his crew from Turtle Rock Masonry (www.turtlerockheat.com), Kirk Williams (www.kwdesigns.net) who fabricated the steel wood storage box and integral steel mantel, and Chris Mason from Champlain Industries who coordinated the show.  The firewood storage box and mantel are fabricated from 1/8" thick blackened steel.  Its easy to underestimate the level of precision required to bring together these materials with such precision.  What a pleasure to work with these dedicated craftsmen.  Photos of the finish heater to come.....

On the Boards: Clark Road

Take a look at these schematic design images of a new house that's in the works.  This house has an interesting program with a great site and promises to be an exciting project.  The site is a south-facing hillside with the drive following an old logging road that winds up the hill.  The house is designed to be parallel to the site contours to maximize southern exposure and minimize site grading work.  A series of terraces will tie the house into the landscape and create a variety of outdoor spaces to enjoy the beautiful property.

Prana Table III

A few images of the newest addition to the prana table series.  This table features a live-edge walnut slab that is 42" wide and 108" long.  The base is a modern version of a traditional trestle design made from blackened steel and walnut.  The steel provides a dramatic combination of structural stability and thin, clean lines.  Kirk Williams fabricated the steel base and Brian Jones fabricated the wood components.  Images of a matching walnut bench will be coming shortly.

East Hill Road

Here are a few progress shots of the East Hill Road project.  This is a renovation of a house located on a beautiful Vermont hillside.  The new exterior siding is a combination of galvalume metal siding, cement board panels and fir.  While the siding and windows are all new, care was taken in the design to  minimize significant structural changes.  The transformation is nonetheless dramatic.  Additional photos to come....

New Vertigo Stool

A few images of the latest version of the Vertigo Stool.  These are made from solid walnut with black leather seats, backs and footrests.  The walnut and black leather are particularly nice together.  We've been using walnut for a number of new pieces recently, look for a new version of the Prana Table to come out soon.