Our 2017 award for Best Traditional Home goes to R. Andrew Garthwaite of Haynes & Garthwaite Architects. This Federal-style home is architecturally on point in Vermont’s historic landscape and generates more energy than it needs, allowing the homeowners to share the surplus with family living nearby. Doug and Joan called my firm in late January 2014 to explain that they hadpurchased property with a beautiful view and a 1950s ranch that was in terrible condition. A young professional couple who enjoys outdoor activities, they planned to remove the existing house and build a new family home. They had several goals that influenced our design work as well as the construction process. At the top of the list was a traditional exterior — a Federal-style farmhouse that would fit comfortably into its country-road setting. They also sought a compact footprint and energy-efficient performance, and they knew they wanted as few petroleum products as possible used in the construction and functioning of the house. They wanted a house that would be straightforward to maintain, with an open plan for the main living space. Click below for the full article.
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