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