Built in the late 1980s,
this Vermont house was burdened by drafts and energy-guzzling appliances. The only “green” seemed to be growing on the surrounding 180 acres of countryside. With the help of local architectural and interior designer Mitra Samimi-urich, the homeowners combined form and function in a modern industrial style and improved their vacation home’s efficiencies.
Airtight insulation, geothermal heating and cooling, and new metal roofing transformed the structure. Additions of metal-clad windows and insulated doors had equal influence on the energy efficiency.
While some materials were upgraded for the betterment of the house, others were reused. Various areas were approached with the idea of repurposing. Case in point, a former attic storage room earned new life as a guest bath in phase one of the renovation. Here, vertical wood panels add interest and definition to otherwise bland walls, while oil-rubbed bronze fixtures evoke timeless character. “Everything is new, but we wanted it to look as if it had been there before,” Samimi-urich says.
Her attention to detail permeates every element of the new guest bath, including the light fixtures, the ceiling design, and the color scheme. White walls and cleanlined surfaces prevail in nearly every room of the house, and reclaimed woods tag along for warmth, giving the homeowners their desired aesthetic. The design mix fits their appreciation for modern, industrial, and farmhouse styles. “It could be in a barn. It could be in an industrial setting. Anywhere,” the designer says. True, but these homeowners are happy this guest bath resides in their green vacation home.
opposite: New dormers in the upper-level bathroom expand headroom so the space can accommodate a shower and a tub. A coat of red paint and custom wood feet update the former master bath claw-foot tub. top: The homeowners remodeled in stages, allowing them to collect items—such as these vintage ceramic knobs—over time while traveling. This knob-adorned panel hides access to attic storage while keeping towels and robes in reach. above: The blue in the mosaic floor tile border echoes the colors in the knobs.