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Take the Tour of ELM PLACE, Cathedral Square’s New Senior Residential Building


Design by Duncan ‧ Wisniewski Architecture.

Elm Place, Cathedral Square’s new senior residential building in Milton, VT.  The first certified multi-family building in Vermont to meet the Passive House Standard for energy efficiency. 

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FOR SALE: MAD RIVER RETREAT

FOR SALE: AWESOME FLY FISHING LOCATION with two unique homes and this river front on the Mad River.

Jerry Johnson fishing

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Inside the Valley Farmhouse

Exterior Residential Architectural Photography
Architect: Haynes and Garthwaite architects, Norwich, VT • Builder: Naylor & Breen Builders Inc., Brandon Vermont

Take a look at this amazing new farmhouse with all the charm of one that has been there for decades!

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How to Take Your Living Room from Drab to Fab!

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Here is how to go from a DULL daytime to a GLORIOUS DUSK interior.

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Look what could be in your inbox!

as-DNE-emailblast.jpgSpotted in DESIGN NEW ENGLAND Sneak Peek Email! In the November/December issue of Design New England, Mary Peacock and Jonathan Larsen and their home have a full feature! This amazing home is beautiful as well as energy efficient. Not to mention being on Vermont’s Mad River! You can find out more about it by visiting the publications sec...
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The Teahouse

teahouse-15ah_1300703_1-sh.jpgHaynes & Garthwaite Architects They renovated the historic brick  house and added a beautiful new timberframe structure. Trees, large stone, unique wood designs on doors and cabinets, wonderful alive sun room alley, three sided wood fireplace.
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New Video! Artful Living Artful Living in the Art-Filled Home of Stephen and Genese

Enter the home of Stephen and Genese and experience living in an art-filled home. See more of my videos on my YouTube Channel!
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The River House. Take a Cue from Frank Lloyd Wright

rivehouse-vermontarchitecture-carolynbatesphotography-residentialexterior.jpgThe River House is a home a la Frank Lloyd Wright. Taking their inspiration from the architect, as the master of design, the clients studied his work. Then they elements to bring in a more sustainable lifestyle to the house. They added latest climate controls, green roof, windows, heating, etc. to bring this house into a net zero residence. Very ex...
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Architecture Spotlight: Squam Lake House

Kane-Squam-14ag_CLB1396b-sh-web.jpgArchitect: Patrick Kane This south facing house runs along the shore line to maximize views and passive solar effect. Becuase the building is sited in mature forest, to minimize disturbance to trees and thus the house is well screened from the street and lake. Squam Lake is a summer and winter seasonal camp that can sleep 20 people which is perfec...
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A Snapshot of a Home

Henderson-House-CarolynBates-002.jpgSee how the perfect mix of design, innovation, and architecture can be brought together to give the owner ultimate privacy. It is one of the first houses designed by architect Patrick Kane while working for Gossens & Bachman Architecture. For ultimate privacy: Windows totally covered by huge shutters and an outdoor patio secluded by using hug...
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Architectural Spotlight: Sizzling Conrete

sizzlingconcretecbates-architectural-photography-carolynbates-4.jpgFabric and fern leaves sizzle deep into the concrete forms that bend, twist, and meld into sensual textured exterior walls and columns of Sandy Lawton’s newest HOT design perched high up in the Green Mountains. You want to reach out and touch the walls, feel the patterns, and lean back against the columns. Sandy collaborated with the owner, Pierre ...
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The Projector House featured in Vermont Magazine!

Projector House VT MagazineRising to the Challenge Story by Peter Coolidge • Photos by Carolyn BatesMarch/April 2014 • Vermont Magazine Artistic insight and design created a fine lakeside home that affords big views and value while utilizing a small piece of property. Designing a house can be a challenge. Designing a house to be pleasing to the eye and in tune with its su...
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Architecture Spotlight: The PROJECTOR House

Projector House VT Magazine*** Featured in Vermont Magazine! *** Architect, Kristen L'Esperance,  designs her own home. For The PROJECTOR HOUSE, there was specific concept behind the design put forth by Kristen. In her own words: "The initial concept was The projector as a formal concept: The architecture is formalized in relationship to the view. The proximity of the ...
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An Inspiring Home Featured in Old House Journal

vermont-lakeside-cottage-inspire_20131227-215523_1.jpgA Snug Lakeside Cottage in Vermont With new owners, a lakeside summer cottage becomes a year-round sanctuary. By Regina Cole | Photos by Carolyn Bates | Old House Journal Nestled between the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains, this Vermont lake house is livable year-round—a reversal of its history. Built as a summer cottage in 1922, the house r...
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Architecture Spotlight: Full Moon Over The Warren House

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Featured Residential Interior in Canadian Homes & Cottages Magazine!

12074_HomesCottages_v23-01_RenovationExpansion.jpg  Canadian Homes & Cottages Magazine Home renovations for this busy family of six were designed with storage in mind by Kristine Nyhout • Photos by Carolyn Bates A home built in the mid 19th century may have been quaint at the time, but for today’s families, it would be lacking. This was the case for the Cichetti family. With four chil...
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Cozy, Comfy, Cool

residential-interior-davis-barn-carolynbates-CLB4668.jpgInterior Designer: Susan Davis of Emmet Carter Interiors



Recently I was able to shoot a home that is actually a dairy barn renovated into a cool timberframe house. The overall interior is cozy and very warm. Susan also kept design of barn the same, and windows were added to keep the design flowing outside, too. The interior design of the house honors the history of the barn, but still has a modern feel.

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Vermont Magazine Feature: Topmost Treasure

bennett BAT0493b-sh-web-srgb-wtrmkAbove all else, this tree house gives everyone who visits a home away from home. Vermont Magazine • September /October 2013Story by Leon Thompson • Photos by Carolyn Bates The first-timers lose their breath at first sight. “And that breath is just the beginning,” says Russ Bennett, as he steps inside the 20-foot-high tree house he designed and bu...
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Archive Alert: English Inspiration

OHJ-English-Cover-March2003Architect is Sandy Vitzthum • Photos by Carolyn Bates About this Magazine: Feb-Mar 2003 • 120 pages • Vol. 9, No. 2 • Old House Interiors National architectural magazine now in its fifteenth year, covering period-inspired design 1700–1950. Commissioned photographs show real homes, inspired by the past but livable. Historical and interpretive r...
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