The project goals focused on capturing the warmth of Colonial New England design elements and craftsmanship, while maximizing the views, at the same time being reflective of the mountain habitat.
The remodel focused on creating inviting private and community spaces for family, and friends to stay and relax while enjoying the mountains.
Other notable goals included building a house that was energy efficient and designed to accommodate the winters at 9800 ft. and provide access to year around outdoor activities associated with an active life style.
Yearly snow totals can reach 400 inches or more.
The primary goal of this project was to preserve the historic charm of the original cottage while providing the convenience of a modern home. Opening the structure to bring in light and provide views of the surrounding site were also very important.
The owners also wanted the design to address their concern to minimize the tracking of beach sand into the cottage. This was addressed with an outdoor shower, a bathroom that is accessible from the outside, and a serving counter between the kitchen and outside deck.
Adding a space for a studio, kayak storage, and firewood storage were also key.
- To keep the original modern look and feel of the home.
- Use light colored, natural materials on the interior to keep it clean, uncluttered, and bright.
- Provide a low maintenance, retirement home.
- Create an inviting outside environment.
A small split level foyer addition using a palette of existing materials is constructed to imply walls that have been translated. In the final form, the inferred shifting exposes the inviting nature...
Make the home open, light, and inviting inside and out without making major structural changes.
Create a strong connection between the interior and exterior and be able to take advantage of the view.
Make the kitchen and guest bath/laundry space more functional and attractive.
- update look to contemporary cabin-
-limit major remodeling work (moving doors, windows, walls)
- tie exterior aesthetics to newly-built weaving studio
- add better drive & entry, and add connection to studio uphill
- keep overall costs in check
- provide both additional entertaining space and a private master retreat
- while maintaining the unique 1970's northwest contemporary, add a second floor and vastly upgrade the house
-update and upgrade the existing spaces
This private residence, tucked away by the trees on a secluded plot of land in Middlebury, presented a picturesque scene of a traditional house in the countryside. The challenge of the remodel was to...