Architect: Ted Silius, Morrisville, VT
When MJ and Dan Davis were cruising around looking for something unique to buy for their home in the NE Kingdom of VT, it comes as no surprise that what they chose was originally a barn. It was a bank barn that was almost ready to fall over. There were holes in roof, and you could see the light through the walls. When most people would have walked away, they bought it. Slowly over the years, they turned it around and restored it post by post, beam by beam. It has room for guests, their dog Bella, MJ's office and Dan's woodworking shop.
The renovation started with a new foundation that allowed them to turn the barn around because they wanted to enter on second floor faced the road and hill. Most would have destroyed the the old foundation, but not in this case. It was not destroyed and has been converted to a great outdoor grill and sitting area, that of course, the dogs love!
When I brought my dog, Lady Dickens, she had the chance to hang out with Bella. The two had a grand time! Lady D even showed Bella how to open the side door to get into the guest suite.....Just jump up and put your front paws on the handle and push down.... this is door in the small one story part of the barn.
The end result to this renovation is a truly unique home.
We had a GREAT turnout at the waterfront in Burlington, VT on 04/20/13. There were over 500 people present to walk/run and we raised $10,300! Thank you all who came out to walk/run and volunteer! You can find out more on the Get Moving for Boston website.
In the first quarter of the 20th century, this Federal-era house was stunningly renovated with Colonial Revival sentiment. Today it’s still a beauty.
BY REGINA COLE | PHOTOGRAPHS BY CAROLYN BATES | Old-House Interiors Magzine
They’d purchased not only a house and a farm, but also an important piece of Vermont history—though that wasn’t why Andrea Forrest Brock and her husband, Randy, bought Rockledge Farm in 1986. “Randy was commuting [from Vermont] to Boston then, and we frequently got snowed in,” Andrea says. “We had to move to a road that was regularly plowed—and we wanted an old house. Of course, in Vermont we don’t have that many new houses!”
The centerpiece of the farm is the 1799 Jennison house. Perched on a low knoll in the Green Mountains town of Swanton, the east-facing house was originally a two story, five-by-four bay Federal wood-frame dwelling with a one-story kitchen ell. Between 1918 and 1922, Clark Saxe Jennison transformed the farmhouse into the Colonial Revival manor it is today. The clapboarded main block has symmetrical wings that date to his renovation. A partially enclosed, shed-roof porch at the rear spans the width of the main block and north wing.
Vermont Magazine • March/April 2013
Story by Jordan Werner • Photos by Carolyn Bates
As the owners of Sheppard Custom Homes, Tom and Donna Sheppard have lived in many spectacular houses. When they were designing a new house for themselves, they saw an opportunity to experiment on a large scale. The result is visually stunning, technologically advanced, and true to its environment. It is so great, in fact, that they never got to move in. As the Sheppard Custom Homes crew was starting work on it two years ago, Tom received a call asking if the house was for sale. “My wife thought it was a little big and over the top, so we decided to sell it,” said Tom. “The new owner was great. His instructions were to finish the house exactly as we would if we were going to move in.”
Tom Moore crafted all the woodwork for the house. Donna wanted the house to have an open floor plan, but the space was so large that it would have been overwhelming. Tom’s woodwork serves to make some separation and designate different rooms while leaving the floor plan open. Each room has its own angle, but the wood ties them all together. The beautiful woodwork that Tom Moore fashioned presented a challenge when it came time to light the house— there was very little room to put light switches without ruining the detail of the wood. To solve the problem, Tom Sheppard decided to program the whole house to run on iPad and iPhone technology. No matter where you are, you can turn on the lights. “I never thought I’d get excited about an electronic house, but it eliminates more than half of the light switches in a house this big,” he commented. “It’s my first electronic house but it won’t be my last!”
I found the gate in the 80's on the side of the road in Amesbury, MA. It was a "field gate" that came from an old estate in the area. I actually hesitated a bit at the price -- $150! It sat in our garage a couple of years, then moved with us to Vermont where it sat for another 10 years. While designing other people's gardens, my vision of the front entry was taking shape around the gate.
Two complementary desires propelled the design: first, I wanted a welcoming garden space that could be enjoyed by all my walking neighbors; then, a private interior garden that would be an extension of our home.
The lay of the garden was dictated by the white fir that had been awkwardly located by the original owner. The entry was shaped to give generous space to match the scale of the fir, highlight the gate and transform the awkwardness to a natural flow.
I knew I wanted standing stones to flank the gate and some kind of sculptural arbor-thing to hold the gate up. When it came time to do the garden, Ken Mills and I were working together and he very generously came on board, adding his vision of the beautiful Corinthian Granite pillars. He also set the boulders and did the doorstep landing.
UVM and Rep Ginny Lyons supported the sculpture designed and made by Beth Haggart, artist, and art professor at UVM. UVM banned all water bottles on their campus earlier this year and featured a two leg arch by Beth Haggart. This three leg arch has 3000 used, empty water bottles and old bicycle rubber tires, copper pipe, plastic tubing, and cardboard supporting the water bottles. Beth Haggart is a widely known artist for her creative use of Trash.
Lenses on the Land by Moonlight: Fabulous Class, Taught by Marshall Webb and Sebastian Ventrone, at Shelburne Farms tonight.
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We learned how to shoot sunset, moonrise and moonlight photography on a winter afternoon and evening. With this knowledge, I was able to photograph the Breeding barn, the porch at Shelburne Farms Inn, and on the land around the barn. Click on the thumbnails below and see my new photos.
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