Farmhouse Renovation Project - Vermont Style

Redefine the way we live

A few years we provided design services for a Central Vermont 1840's cape style farmhouse for a mutual friend and daughter. With the project, she sought to begin the journey to leave behind fossil fuels and live as close to net zero in the long term as possible while refreshing the historic "bones" in a modern way of a vintage old Vermont Farmhouse in a budget minded yet values driven way.

The existing exterior.

The existing exterior.

The existing

We helped set to stage to transform a 175 year old building with relatively recent exterior upgrades including new vinyl replacement windows, new roof, electrical updating and newer heating systems.  Sitting on a partially hilly site with a relatively flat area to the south, the main level spaces were divided up with lots of walls, openings and doorways contributing to a poor flow between spaces, dated wall paneling, DIY plywood kitchen cabinets, carpeting and poor lighting.

The design process and finding a builder

We helped the owner find a number of builders to interview together for the work on the project, provided real estate property opinion and review in the beginning for long term fit and purpose.

Design plan - ground level

Design plan - ground level

We also helped provide overall renovation design including space planning of the main living area, a future great room addition, and exterior improvements such as porch covers and more.  Our client wanted to open up the main living area, improve the flow from main entry, mudroom into Kitchen / Dining / Living areas.  Other spaces updated included the main bathroom, master bedroom, a complete 1840's era basement rife with an underground stream flowing beneath, with some open water areas and very poor air-sealing.  Around the home, poor grading contributed to water flow into the basement. 

Clarifying flow and redefining living areas

Rooms were rearranged, doorways blocked, other areas opened up to create desired connection between living spaces while capturing the charm of the 1840's era farmhouse while modernizing it with an eye to mid-century modern inspired finishes and themes.  Next in store lies exterior improvements including outsulation and new siding to help our client lower her home heating costs over the long term while reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

Later phases

Possibly further down the road, a possible small great room addition may be built, tying together the Kitchen and Living Room / Study doubling as a sun room with beautiful mountain views.  A private deck connecting the new door off of the dining room is also potentially in the plans.  Possible solar electric panels may also be installed in the future either on south facing roofs or nearby on site, pending in-depth solar siting review.

The builder, Rogen Design Build, based in Montpelier, Vermont regularly does projects with Efficiency Vermont Energy Star program and is a certified Building Performance Instituted (BPI) , home energy auditor and weatherization contractor. They worked closely with our client on the design build side working with our plans to realize an energy retrofit, kitchen, dining, mudroom, and bath / laundry room for them.  

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