Our Autumn Hill Lane house is on the cover of the January/February 2015 issue of Design New England. Inside there is a great article about the house written by Kathleen James that captures the design story behind this house. The article also provides a good description of the main features of the house which include not only the visible design elements such as the modern materials, abundant natural light, open plan and clean lines, but also the quality of the construction and energy-efficiency of the design. Thanks to Kathleen and the staff of DNE for this feature article, and to Jim Westphalen for his beautiful photography.
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.
Our Autumn Hill Lane house received two HBRA awards: the People's Choice Award for Best Overall Project and the Energy Star Energy Efficiency Award. Thanks to Leach Construction of Vermont for their great work on this project and for submitting it to the HBRA awards program. Photo by Jim Westphalen.
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.
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).
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.