Best Traditional Home 2017: Federal Farmhouse
A Vermont architect uses the state’s energy-efficiency guidelines to craft a new zero-energy home steeped in traditional character.
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 had purchased 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…