I recently received the note below from a satisfied client:
Hi Wags, Joan, and Katie,
What a joy it was for us to be at the cottage this past summer with the new bunkhouse and renovated cottage! Each day, we appreciated the expanded space and observed the special touches and thoughtful details you all incorporated in your work. We again realized how fortunate we were to have the expertise, creativity, and vision of architect, builder, and landscaper who worked together to create such a delightful spot.
The two separate buildings worked so well and the beautiful stonework and landscaping brought them all together. (What good exercise it was to climb those steps several times a day!) We understand the fall has brought changing colors to many of the landscape plants.
The location has always been special to our family but now the renovated cottage and new bunkhouse will make it a comfortable and pleasant place to enjoy with family and friends for years to come.
Many thanks to you all – it was wonderful working with you.
Lynn & Bob
I am delighted to have another one of my projects featured on the design website Houzz.
Blogger, Editor and Stylist Joanne Palmisano showcased my Remote Cabin in her ideabook entitled, Houzz Tour: Cozy Vermont Cabin Blanketed in Charm This carefully crafted, ecofriendly cabin in the woods makes coming in from the cold a truly memorable occasion.
I am delighted to have one of my projects featured this week on the design website Houzz. Houzz is a leading destination for home design enthusiasts, professionals and home owners from around the world. With over 50,000 photos and 100,000 ideabooks, Houzz has the largest database of home design ideas on the net; it is the online version of cutting pages out of magazines and stuffing them in a folder.
Writer, Editor and Dreamer Lawrence Karol showcased my Modern Cabin in his ideabook entitled, Houzz Tour: Bright, Polished Vermont Cabin Using local woods, plentiful windows and a keen eye for design, an architect builds a sleek cabin in the mountains of Vermont.
“I don’t know much about playing poker, but I’ve been told that a pair of aces is the best starting hand in Texas Hold ‘Em. Architect Joan Heaton was holding the equivalent of this lucky pair — a keen eye for clean, modern design and a husband who’s a builder — when she began construction on this 800-square-foot cabin in the Green Mountains of Vermont.”
These photos are of the recently completed new Vermont farmhouse. The house sits on a sloping site and has living space on all three floors. The owner lives primarily on the first floor; the uppermost and lowest levels serve as guest accommodations for a large family. The energy efficient farmhouse is of new construction but sits on a pre-existing foundation on a previously developed site. The White Oak timber framed deck wraps the home on three sides. Inside the farmhouse antique Heart Pine floors, Hemlock timbers and milk painted Cedar wainscoting add detail and character.
The interior of the remote cabin is finished in wood and features locally milled pine and hemlock and salvaged flooring. Every board that went into the cabin had to be carried over a river and up a hill. We made thoughtful choices about the overall size of the cabin and the material selections. The Hemlock timber trusses were transported in pieces and assembled on site. The trusses support a roof made of structural insulated panels (SIPs). SIPs are an efficient combination of both structure and insulation. The roof supports a snow load of 70 pounds per square foot. We used v-groove pine on the walls and ceiling but varied the finish.
This recently completed rustic cabin is located in Lincoln, Vermont. The south facing cabin is nestled in the woods on a plateau over looking the river below and the Green Mountains beyond. Built on a remote site, the cabin is reached by a 75′ long pedestrian bridge across the New Haven River. Access to the cabin is by a steep footpath and a more gradual woods road. All of the building material were hauled across the river and up the slope. Both the design and construction of the cabin were carefully executed to make the most of the unique site and a tight budget. With a foot print of just over 600 square feet, the small cabin of sustainable design makes efficient use of resources and building materials. Trees that were cleared for the cabin are used in the round log timber framed porch. The exterior siding and shutters are made of local rough sawn pine.