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!!
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.
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.
The Winding Brook Road project is featured in a book that will be published this spring, "Prefabulous + Sustainable" by Sheri Koones. This is a well-written and timely book with interesting projects and great photography (Eric Roth photographed the Winding Brook Road house among others). The publisher is Abrams Books. As Robert Redford writes in the forward, "Prefabulous and Sustainable will inspire you to consider more environmentally friendly options and show you how to create homes that will bring balance to our future."
Christian Brown Design may now be found in the products and services section of the green living website Low Impact Living, www.lowimpactliving.com. The echo series and prana table are featured in the green furniture section of the products listings, and there is a description of architectural services provided by Christian Brown Design listed under the "architects and architectural designers" section of the services listings (search by state). Low Impact Living, which is based in Los Angeles, is committed to reducing the environmental impact of buildings on the eco-system and to helping consumers understand the options available for a greener lifestyle and the impact of these decisions.