Residential Design

Vol 4, 2017

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Vernacular in Vermont The classic American farmhouse may be the perfect modern home. BY S. CLAIRE CONROY ARCHITECT: SMITH & VANSANT ARCHITECTS BUILDER: G.R. PORTER & SONS LOCATION: EASTERN VERMONT Mention the words "New England farmhouse" and nearly everyone in the United States can conjure an image in their heads of what it looks like: a white gabled building wrapped in a protective porch, anchoring its surroundings with dignity and sobriety. And yet, despite everyone's familiarity with its basic forms, there is no textbook "farmhouse" style. More surprising still, the popularity of this unofficial style is growing all over the country. There are a number of reasons for this, but chief among them is its chameleon-like curb appeal—especially in rural areas, of course—and its aptitude for accommodating modern life within the walls. Most custom residential clients are not like architects— they don't typically want their houses to generate attention from others. Such was the case with the clients for this second home by Smith & Vansant Architects in Vermont. The 80- acre site is a landmark piece of property in its own right, so its new owners wished to add a house in keeping with the context of the area and one that presented as lean a profile as possible from the road. In consult with Smith & Vansant's Pi Smith, AIA, and Ira Clark, AIA, they concluded a farmhouse was the perfect fit. But its emblematic form was just the jumping off place for a new family house in a beautiful setting. CASE STUDY 36 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2017

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