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.
Over the past few years, we have done a series of renovations to this small house but had not yet done any work on the living room, which happens to be the central space of the house. When our client's granddaughter offered this appraisal of how the living room looked in comparison to the newer spaces it was all the motivation necessary for this latest phase of work. The new stair and balcony railing are designed to be more open, allowing light and views to filter through the spaces, making the spaces feel larger and more connected. The solid landing on the stair, wrapped in walnut, conceals mechanical equipment. Open treads, made of solid walnut, float between a blackened steel panel in the center and the side walls of the stair. The new fireplace surround is made with blackened steel and walnut, complementing the stair and railing.
Our happy clients have enjoyed their first summer in their new space. Renovation projects are always fun and it was particularly rewarding and satisfying to see the transformation of this house as the renovation unfolded. As always, we appreciate the trust that our clients extended to us for this project. Architecture projects involve a leap of faith which isn't possible without this trust. We work hard to see it fulfilled and love it when our clients are happy. A recent email from our client sums up her feelings well: "I LOVE OUR HOUSE….JUST LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. I can't say enough positive about working with you two from start to finish and the final results are exactly what I envisioned and better really. Can't thank you both enough for the fantastic work and the ease of working with you. It truly was a most positive experience for us."
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.
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 recent images of this exterior stair. The stair is suspended from the Douglas Fir beam above on stainless steel rods. The stringers were water jet cut and then had channels welded on to receive the stainless rods and to hold the treads. The treads are individual pieces of Ipe held together by stainless steel rods. Another example of the great craftsmanship and attention to detail that has characterized the work on this project!
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