Tucked away in Vermont, on a stunning hillside, is a house that looks like a restored antique farmstead. The home, completed in 2008, is brand new and was designed and mill-built by Connor Homes. The style is Georgian-inspired with an attached New England Style barn.
The homeowners had owned the land in Vermont for several years before building this house and used an existing cottage on the property whenever in town. When they decided to move to Vermont permanently they began work on the house plans. With a clear vision of the spaces and level of formality desired, the homeowners worked with the Connor design team to create a beautiful home that evoked both stately in-town elegance in the details and rural agrarian roots in the New England farmhouse massing.
The house is two-stories with a full basement and attached two-car barn with living loft. The style distinctly borrows from the Georgian period with details such as dentil mouldings and modillions, overhanging eaves, 12/12 windows, end chimney and high ceilings.
Exterior materials and finishes include vertical grain hemlock siding on the house and vertical pine board shiplap siding on the barn, red cedar roof shingles, pine exterior trim, Green Mountain double-hung windows and custom built windows and mahogany carriage doors from Connor Homes.
The interior space is formal in its strict adherence to square rooms off a central stair hall. Ceiling heights on the first floor are ten feet and the second floor are nine feet. A beautiful staircase creates a focal point in the foyer that features an arch top window on its landing.
The kitchen is the heart of the first floor and is designed for a dedicated cook who requires an abundance of counter space and storage. Floor to ceiling cabinets, an oversized island and wall pantries were all custom designed and built at Connor Homes. Painted in white, the kitchen has a clean, open feel with views through a breakfast nook to the valley beyond. Green granite countertops, nickel knobs and pulls, white subway tile backsplash and a white farmhouse sink complement the traditional millwork.
Built-ins, wainscoting, chair-rail and crown mouldings are found throughout the rest of the house. Cherry floors were installed throughout the main living spaces of the first floor and wide pine flooring was installed in the second floor bedrooms.
The second floor contains two guest bedrooms with a spacious shared bath. The master suite has its own bathroom retreat with stunning views of the valley beyond and a roomy walk-in closet.
The attached barn provides space for a useful second floor study. With a staircase that winds up from the mudroom, this retreat is made welcoming with pine floors and vaulted ceilings. French doors open to a shallow balcony for evenings spent enjoying the sunsets and great views.
We thank our homeowners for allowing us to play a part in their home and congratulate the contractor, Curt Benjamin of Ben Curtis Builders, for excellent execution on site.
To view additional photos and floor plans of this home please visit our Dorothea Harwell slide show on this page.