Pure & Sim­ple

A Ver­mont tim­ber frame pairs sleek decor with nat­u­ral hues, cre­at­ing a home that sits sub­tly on the land.

Timber Home Living - - Contents - BY STACEY FREED

A Ver­mont tim­ber frame pairs sleek decor with nat­u­ral hues, cre­at­ing a home that sits sub­tly on the land.

The land speaks to us in more ways than we can imag­ine. And with this Ver­mont tim­ber frame, the quiet — not to men­tion gor­geous — site struck a chord with the home­own­ers and helped drive the sim­ple-yet-stylish de­sign.

With sweep­ing views of Lake Cham­plain, the Green Moun­tains and the Adiron­dacks, the site is pep­pered with old maple hard­wood growth and farm fields — the per­fect set­ting for a sec­ond home for the Wash­ing­ton, D.C.-based home­own­ers. Ar­chi­tec­tural de­signer Cliff Deet­jen, man­ager of de­sign and sales at Pere­grine De­sign/Build in South Burling­ton, Ver­mont, worked with the clients (with site plan­ning help from land­scape ar­chi­tect Jeff Hodgson of Wagner Hodgson Land­scape De­sign­ers) to de­sign a home that would pre­serve as much of the nat­u­ral land­scape as pos­si­ble while fea­tur­ing all of the ameni­ties they de­sired.

“The site is like an in­land penin­sula, a spit of land that is raised up high around the es­tab­lished farm field,” Cliff says. “We saw the po­ten­tial for an ex­tended ver­nac­u­lar home with many shapes and sizes on a lin­ear de­sign that could march along the ridge­line, slow-step­ping down on the land. There was a nice spine to work with.”

Since the home runs north to south, the home­own­ers en­joy east­ern ex­po­sure in the morn­ing and western ex­po­sure in the evening. “The home­own­ers wanted some­thing with a play­ful ar­chi­tec­tural sense that was well ap­pointed. Some-

thing with Adiron­dack style,” Cliff says. The an­swer? A 5,000-square-foot ro­man­tic shin­gle home boast­ing nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, rest­ing on a tim­ber frame.

Although the tim­bers in the home are struc­tural, the clients didn’t feel the need to show off the full tim­ber bones on the in­te­rior, Cliff ex­plains. The open grid floor plan “is a nice way of telling you when to have col­umns ex­posed,” he says. The dou­ble-sided hearth in the gable end of the open space acts as a ful­crum con­nect­ing the liv­ing room and the screened porch, which nes­tles in the trees 12 feet above grade. The first floor is more re­fined, while the sec­ond floor boasts more of the tra­di­tional tim­ber frame. “It’s a nice hy­brid of the two sys­tems,” Cliff says.

In­te­rior de­signer Kim Deet­jen of Truex-Cullins in Burling­ton came on board early on to help with fin­ishes, light­ing, plumb­ing, fix­tures, col­ors and coun­ter­tops. They chose Dou­glas fir tim­bers for their warm-hued pal­ette and used sal­vaged wood and old barn boards (found on the site) for things like cus­tom doors. The floors are wide-board pine sourced lo­cally.

For a bit of bling, Deet­jen added ac­cents with LEDs. Since ev­ery­thing is ex­posed in a tim­ber frame, it’s im­por­tant to pick the right track light­ing. “The light­ing here is a con­tem­po­rary ‘wow,’” Cliff says. The kitchen has clean lines and tra­di­tional mar­ble and gran­ite coun­ter­tops. The lower level space fea­tures a true fam­ily room with a walk-out to the pool area.

“We knew the house would be built for gen­er­a­tions,” Cliff says. “It’s a house to be lived in and not show­cased.”


FAR LEFT: Stag­gered win­dows grow taller with the slope of the ceil­ing, bring­ing in plenty of nat­u­ral light to the great room.

BOT­TOM LEFT: The ex­tended ver­nac­u­lar struc­ture shows a lin­ear de­sign cre­ated of many shapes and sizes that march along a ridge­line, slowly step­ping down.

ABOVE: The kitchen, with its large mar­ble-topped is­land, makes the most of its cen­tral lo­ca­tion. The warm Dou­glas fir wood and cus­tom cab­i­netry set the tone for the mod­ern-meets-tra­di­tional home.

LEFT: The bath­rooms all fea­ture the same cus­tom ma­te­ri­als found through­out the home. A free­stand­ing tub of­fers tran­quil­ity among the tree­tops.

RIGHT: In the sec­ond bath, the knotty pan­els of­fer a more rus­tic feel and a nice con­trast to the smooth-tex­tured rec­tan­gu­lar float­ing sink.

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