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Home Grown: A Wooden Home in Vermont

More than anything else, the use of local materials—many lifted directly from the site—lend this exquisitely designed Vermont home a solid, organic beauty.



In this nook of the master bedroom, a few of the home’s thirty-nine vertical wood supports are visible. Thirteen are from the site; the remaining trees are from elsewhere in Vermont. Most of the floors are quarter-sawn local beech, with some maple trim. The Stickley rocker is positioned to take advantage of natural light.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAROLYN BATES
The stone for the home’s six fireplaces and retaining walls was extracted on-site when the foundation and driveway were built. Designed for efficiency, the sides of this shallow, main floor fireplace curve inward. Five hundred feet of radiant tubing is coiled inside the stone to carry heat to the second floor. Most of the house has radiant floor heating, all connected to this central stone structure. The decor choices selected by the homeowner and his partner, an interior designer, harmoniously blend with the house design, recalling the synergistic pairing of Frank Lloyd Wright’s craftsmanship and love of Japanese design elements. Artfully intermingled with the Eastern influence are decidedly North American items such as the Teec Nos Pos Navajo rug and Stickley chairs pictured here.
The detached sauna, faced with flat slate recycled from Vermont classrooms, is accessible by a wooden boardwalk. The building has no foundation; the crew drilled holes and inserted stainless steel pipes into the bedrock for supports.
The dining table was a special find. A local craftsman constructed it from cherry scrap that had been destined for workbench status. The custom-designed Windsor chairs that complement it are sturdy and yet lightweight. A local craftsman lathed the lamp shades from blocks of wood.
Benches of wood and stone around the property provide resting places for quiet reflection.
The slate roof blends quietly with the wooded landscape and echoes the gentle surrounding ridges. In winter, its downslope orientation allows for a camouflage of snow.
In this nook of the master bedroom, a few of the home’s thirty-nine vertical wood supports are visible. Thirteen are from the site; the remaining trees are from elsewhere in Vermont. Most of the floors are quarter-sawn local beech, with some maple trim. The Stickley rocker is positioned to take advantage of natural light.
In this nook of the master bedroom, a few of the home’s thirty-nine vertical wood supports are visible. Thirteen are from the site; the remaining trees are from elsewhere in Vermont. Most of the floors are quarter-sawn local beech, with some maple trim. The Stickley rocker is positioned to take advantage of natural light.
In this nook of the master bedroom, a few of the home’s thirty-nine vertical wood supports are visible. Thirteen are from the site; the remaining trees are from elsewhere in Vermont. Most of the floors are quarter-sawn local beech, with some maple trim. The Stickley rocker is positioned to take advantage of natural light.
The washbasin and mirror in the basement bathroom are built into the basement fireplace’s chimney massif. In addition to incorporating stone from the site, this bathroom features Vermont marble and tile, and a wooden door designed by the architect.











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