Our Chase Street house was published in the May/June issue of Design New England. Thanks to Jim Westphalen for the excellent photography used in the article, he was great to work with and the images are fabulous. He really manages to capture both the overall feeling as well as the finely crafted details of this simple, modern house. Thanks also to Kathleen James who wrote the article. She was a pleasure to work with and her genuine interest in the spirit of this project is reflected in the text of the article. Thanks to DNE for their appreciation of this house and for putting together a consistently great magazine featuring some of this region's best work. Finally, huge thanks to Kirk Williams and Mark Bonser. Kirk, for being both client and highly-skilled metalsmith/collaborator. Mark, for your enthusiasm, skill and experience as the builder. As on previous projects, your leadership brought us through to the successful completion of this one. As always, we feel grateful to have the fortune of working in Vermont where we seem to be surrounded by talented builders, artisans, artists and craftsmen. Here is a pdf of the article: "A contemporary home in Burlington, Vermont, breaks the boundaries of the farm-and-barn vernacular." dne pdf
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"
Exciting new details continue to be finalized at the Chase Street project. Following are images of the custom handrail on the entry porch. The gentle curve of the stainless steel handrail complements the curve of the steel stair stringer and creates a graceful and welcoming entry porch. Kirk Williams fabricated the handrail and support posts which are beautifully hand-crafted. The combination of simple, sophisticated design, a clean palette of materials and great craftsmanship result in a fitting entry for this unique project.
Exterior siding work is almost complete now. The interior insulation work continues, plumbing and electrical rough-in work is complete, and sheetrock work begins this week. Got some great photos of the front of the house this weekend. The steel stair stringers have been installed on the front porch. The web for these stringers is 1/2" thick plate steel that was water-jet cut using digital files sent to the fabricator. Kirk Williams then worked his magic to weld flanges on all sides of the web, following the profile of the steps. Kirk then clamped this unit onto the main steel beams and field-welded the connection. After some clean up work and paint, the connection is seamless. The inside faces of the beams have steel tabs to anchor the wood deck framing.
Exterior siding work continues, despite cold rainy weather. The west elevation is nearing completion. The horizontal band of mdo siding at the top of the wall is completed and the corrugated metal siding is completed. The top band of mdo will wrap all the way around the house to create a strong horizontal line. The lower band of siding on this face will wrap around the front under the front porch roof to visually anchor this corner of the house. All of the metal flashing is being bent on site. Electrical and plumbing rough-in work continues on the interior.
Great progress continues to be made on the Chase Street project. The windows are in, exterior doors are in (except for the sliding barn door on the storage room), and siding will begin next week. The roof membrane is done and the skylight is installed. This week, some great exterior steel structural elements went up. On the front entry porch there are two slender steel pipe columns that will support the front porch roof. On the back side of the house, there are three steel pipe columns to support the second floor deck. These sit on exposed hockey puck spacers to isolate the steel posts from moisture in the concrete piers (perfect size and material for this application, this time of year hockey pucks are not hard to come by in Vermont) . At the top of these posts, the connection to the wood framing is exposed, creating another nice steel detail. The last image gives a sense of the loft-like living space on the second floor, which is really one large space with two small rooms for closets, bathroom and laundry. The proportions of this space are really great, with lots of natural light and interesting sight-lines.
Progress on the project has been great thanks to hard work and good weather. Roof framing is complete, and the final siding selections have been made. The windows have been delivered and will be installed this week. Framing of the entry porch roof has begun. It is now possible to look out the second floor windows and appreciate the great views of the Winooski River and downtown Winooski. Design work continues for the kitchens, bathrooms and interior finishes.
Construction is underway for the new house on Chase Street in Burlington. The house will float above the ground on an exposed steel frame. All of the concrete foundation work for the project is pre-cast. The steel frame sits on nine pre-cast concrete piers, each of which weighs approximately 8,000 lbs. The piers were set with remarkable precision by Island Excavating, each on a bed of compacted stone. Underground utilities will run up into the building through pre-cast concrete vaults which will be insulated. On-site excavation and foundation work has been kept to a minimum with this system. In only three days of work, the holes for the piers were dug, the piers were set and back-filled, the mechanical vaults were set in place, and the steel frame was erected and bolted together. The framing will begin this week (weather permitting) for the first floor deck and walls, which will be a conventional wood system.