This beautiful traditional Vermont vernacular farmhouse was designed with the idea of single level living, with the ability to open and expand the home’s second floor when family and guests are visiting. The bunk room and loft looking down on the living room were designed as a perfect kids hideaway. We built the custom kitchen based on how the homeowners live and cook. All of the built-ins were custom built in our shop. We brought in touches of the old home; such as using pieces of the old stove to decorate the side panels of the new stove stand. A piece of the old Jøtul stove is mounted on the wood box which connects directly outdoors. We salvaged a built-in cupboard from the old house. The homeowner and designer also brought in salvaged pieces to give the house some age and character. This includes salvaged doors, posts, reclaimed oak beams in the kitchen and living room, salvaged stairwell windows and a Danby white marble sink top from an early 19th century Vermont mansion. The first level flooring features reclaimed southern pine. The second level flooring features Vermont white wide pine. The counters are Granville slate. The stair rail features locally resourced red oak with custom joinery we did for the stairs, rails and newels. The house takes advantage of amazing views and is filled with light.
This home is featured in the December 2016 issue of Better Homes and Gardens® magazine, December 2015 Fine Homebuilding, Summer 2016 issue of Fine Homebuilding and January 2016 Fine Homebuilding and the Fall 2018 issue of American Farmhouse Style magazine.
The designer is Mary Beth Stilwell of MB Architecture & Design.
Photography by Susan Teare.