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Featured Work: A Vermont Retreat in Boston Globe

Raising the roof created space for a master bedroom that sits a half-flight above the master bath, with its fabric-formed concrete walls.

Raising the roof to gain a master suite in a Vermont retreat

Repurposed metal roofing panels line the wall behind the sink in the home’s existing bathroom; metallic paint adds shine to the ceiling.

An artist and environmentalist update their funky split-level house using tough materials creatively.

By Regina Cole •

The “terrific light and killer views” sold Julia and Tim Purinton on their mountainside house in Warren, Vermont.

“Designed by a young architect named Tom Cabot, it was a funky split-level built in the 1960s or ’70s,” recalls Julia Purinton, an artist and decorative painter. “The house was organized around a central staircase, with all these different levels. It had great space, but it felt tired.”

Purinton and her husband, who this year became executive director of the Maryland and Washington, D.C., chapter of the Nature Conservancy, bought the 2,500-square-foot wooden house in 2014. They immediately started planning for an additional bathroom, a private master bedroom, and a studio for Julia’s landscape painting and fine-art wall finish company, Medusa Studio.

For help, they turned to Sandy Lawton, whose design-build company, ArroDesign, is in nearby Waitsfield, Vermont. Trained in architecture at the University of Virginia, Lawton is known for his work with fabric-formed concrete. Julia Purinton and Lawton spearheaded the renovation.

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Owners Julia and Tim Purinton in her new art studio, formerly two bedrooms.

Featured Work: A Wildlife Corridor in Town


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