Private Residence – Windsor County
A Home That Connects the Indoors with the Outdoors
This Vermont vacation home was designed for a family of four to contrast with their daily urban lifestyle in Boston. The main goal of the client was to connect with the landscape in an environmentally responsible way.
The program consisted of 2400 square feet of conditioned building. This included an open living, kitchen, and dining area, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two study areas, 900 square feet of terrace, a screened porch, deck, and balconies. The 5 acre site is easterly facing, steeply sloped, and within 86 acres of perpetually conserved forest land.
Environmental features include:
- High performance building envelope: R-66 roof, R-42 above and below grade walls
- Triple pane windows
- Greenguard certified low voc emitting paints
- Long lasting durable materials: hardwood, cork, ceramic tile, local slate, quarter sawn clapboards, fiber cement siding, and western red cedar
- Locally quarried field stone
- Whole house energy recovery ventilation
- Formaldehyde free products
- Composite wood framing materials
The Jury described the building as having a “simple, elegant, and inventive plan with engaging building form.” gba's main goal in the design had been to create an “inside-outside” connection and use many local materials, including red slate and maple.– AIA Vermont Design Awards Jury