A New Face for an Old Cape
An architect applies a modern mountain vibe to a New England icon
Over a decade of designing mountain homes in Montana, architect Brian Hamor found his own style diverging from the traditional approach involving large timber frames and soaring stone fireplaces. In its place, he developed a more modern aesthetic inspired by the agricultural and industrial buildings dotting the old West. He carried this new sensibility with him when he moved his family east, employing it in a remodel of a traditional, 1960s Cape they purchased in Stowe, Vt. Inside, Hamor opened and expanded the floor plan; outside, he transformed the house’s appearance from common to cutting-edge. At the same time, with a pressing need for better energy efficiency, he upgraded the envelope and mechanicals for a home that was as up-to-date behind the walls as on the surface.