We are pleased to announce that our Autumn Hill Lane house received a citation award from AIA Vermont this year. This year's AIA VT award entries were juried by a committee from AIA Wyoming and the awards were presented at the annual AIA VT dinner this week, held at the State House in Montpelier. A total of eight projects received awards this year and we are honored to be among those chosen. There were many great projects entered, confirming that Vermont continues to create quality architecture. Thanks again to our clients, the crew from Leach Construction of Vermont, and the many artisans and craftsmen who worked so hard to make this building possible. A final thanks to Jim Westphalen for his photography.
As architects we work in a profession that is highly collaborative in nature. Despite the painstaking thought and detail that we put into our construction documents, they are still only drawings. We rely on the builders we work with to bring our vision to reality. We are fortunate to live in Vermont where we are surrounded by a network of highly-skilled and dedicated craftsmen to work with. The stuff we build with is big and heavy. Making the pieces all come together is not easy and requires a combination of heavy equipment, hard work and attention to detail. Thanks to all the great craftsmen we have the pleasure of working with!!
Construction is nearing completion on this renovation project. All of the cabinets and built-ins have been installed, including a dropped wood soffit above the kitchen island, a built-in banquette bench with wall panels and ceiling soffit at the dining table and a wall of bookshelves and entertainment cabinet in the living room. All of the woodwork is custom-made locally from quarter sawn white oak. The new flooring is also white oak with a clear oil finish. There is a new blackened steel wood storage unit and surround for the wood stove in the living room. The countertops are white marble from Vermont, being installed this week. The resulting interior spaces are unified by the simple warm palette of materials and colors and feature abundant natural light and open sight-lines. Its exciting and rewarding to see these spaces come to life. Thanks, as always, to the great craftsmen who have worked to make this happen.
A few progress shots of this outbuilding designed for an active family of four. Modern details include a standing seam metal roof that wraps down one face and cantilevers out over the opposite, south face for solar shading. The remaining exterior materials include Eter-Color cement board siding, galvalume corrugated metal siding, polished concrete and Douglas Fir. The large covered concrete porch faces an outdoor firepit and seating area, expanding and enhancing the opportunities for outdoor living behind the existing house. The simple shed roof slopes up toward the south end of the pod and allows for large south facing windows and an interior loft space.
Finish materials are being installed inside this modern Vermont house and it is great to see the interiors coming to life. The floors are Ipe, a Brazilian walnut, with a dark ebony stain. This Ipe has a beautiful, earthy richness with a surprising amount of color and variation. The interior spaces are flooded with natural light which now glows as it is reflected off the colorful floors. The white walls and ceilings add to this affect, reflecting the light back into the spaces. The custom-made walnut cabinets are being carefully fitted into place throughout the house now as well. (Thanks to Mark and Louie for their great work on these.) Shown here are some images from the kitchen (where the wall oven, cooktop and refrigerator will be) and the master bathroom (featuring a floating vanity cabinet). Check out more images of this modern house here.
Our clients found this vintage 1971 prize perched on top of Nob Hill and were instantly captivated by the killer views, if not the architecture. Its an "upside down" house with the main living spaces on the upper floor to take full advantage of the panoramic westerly views sweeping over the Champlain Valley, Lake Champlain and the distant Adirondacks. Phase one of the renovation work is focused on improving the thermal performance of the shell - replacing the existing insulation in the roof, adding insulation and a moisture barrier in the basement crawlspace and general air sealing. Inside the house, we will be opening up the main living spaces on the second floor, installing a new kitchen, new floors, and new finishes on the sunken seating area in the living room.
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.
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.
The Chase Street house has been completed. We had a couple of open houses just prior to completion and the house was received with great enthusiasm. Since then, the house has gotten some great local press thanks to Seven Days, the Burlington Free Press and the local NBC affiliate, WPTZ. The house will be included in this years AIA VT Home Tours on September 11, from 10am to 3pm. Additional photos will be posted shortly. "A 'Renegade' House Rises in Burlington"
A couple of recent photos of the Brewer Parkway renovation project that is being built by TrueNorth Construction. The first photo shows the sliding barn door on the "commuter bike" storage shed, with exposed galvanized track and vertical grain fir panel. The second photo is a view of the southwest corner of the house as seen from the street and gives an indication of the building massing. The addition on the backside of the house may be seen projecting above the lower roof. Clerestory windows in this taller band bring in south light to the back rooms of the house.
Construction is well underway for the latest Brewer Parkway ranch renovation project. This is an exciting project and the result will be a dramatic transformation of this house. Below are some recent progress photographs, shot from the back of the house that show the long bar-shaped addition. This addition will have a master bedroom suite, a family room and a loft space looking down into the family room. The original gable roof of the house is being replaced with a new low-pitch roof, visible in the bottom photo. The taller addition has clerestory windows above this roof with southern exposure to provide direct, south light into the rooms of the addition.
The South Street renovation project is nearing completion. Shown below are images of the front elevation, before renovation and during construction. The entry porch has been expanded, with new fir posts and exposed rafters, new vertical grain fir siding, a new roof, and a new cast concrete porch and steps. The brick veneer has been removed from the garage, and new vertical grain fir siding has been added with exposed fir brackets supporting a new roof over the doors. Interior renovations include a new kitchen/living/dining room, new den and a new entry space.
On the boards, additions and renovations to an 11 year old post and beam house in Brattleboro, Vermont. Additions will include a garage, entry porch, screen porch, outdoor shower and landscaping. On the inside, interior partition walls will be removed to create a blank slate of open space into which carefully designed modern interventions will be introduced, such as a new kitchen, new bathrooms, home office space and master bedroom. Interior spaces will be open to each other and connected to the new exterior spaces and the surrounding wooded site.
The Cliff Street project is wrapping up. To mark this I am posting before and after photographs of the south elevation (the front of the house facing Cliff Street). The contrast between these photos is an indication of how extensive a renovation project this has been. The south facade has a new porch, new siding, new roof overhangs, new roofing and all new windows and doors. The garage has been converted into a ground floor bedroom suite. The roof overhangs on this side of the house are deep enough to provide solar shading during the summer months while allowing solar heat gain during the winter months. The siding is cement board clapboards, with vertical grain fir siding around the recessed front door.