Vermont Guest House

Located in a scenic river valley in rural Vermont, this new house provides guest lodging for extended family members who spend holidays here. The design replaces a deteriorated and inadequate addition to the adjacent original farmhouse and complements its massing and layout, while protecting views to the river. The 2,000 sq.ft. house features local and natural materials in an open first floor plan, including a timber-framed living room with stone masonry fireplace.

The plan also includes open and screened porches to help shape and enclose a central yard. The house is designed and built to meet Vermont Energy Star standards, and includes “rain-screen” exterior detailing, structural insulated panels, and a central ventilation system with heat recovery.