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A Shou Sugi Ban Retreat in Vermont Frames Dramatic Mountain Views
Architect Elizabeth Herrmann designs a modern farmhouse for a family looking to flee steamy summers in Texas and connect with...
The oversized, oak pivot door has a hefty feel. “It’s about the tactile qualities and the craft,” Herrmann says. Slate tile with a clef finish in a herringbone pattern connects the entryway to the outdoors. The abstract painting is by British Columbia-based artist Andrea Soos.
Herrmann’s first inclination was to design the bunks without a partition between them, but the owners asked that each one be its own little pod complete with bookshelves and reading light. “The kids love the bunk room,” the husband says. “At home, the twins share a room and their baby brother is the odd man out. Here, for twelve weeks, he gets to be a part of it.”
To arrive at the front door, one must travel on an informal path of bluestone pavers, then turn 90-degrees to enter. “Discovery and mystery is part of the charm.” Herrmann says. The seven-foot cantilevered covering has an underside of hemlock slats that extends indoors.
“You’re drawn deep into the house and given clues where to go,” Herrmann says. “Natural light guides you through the house.”
The hemlock slat ceiling runs throughout the first floor, save for the living room. The slats hide acoustical batting and tracks for lighting. It also adds warmth, texture, and interest, and provides a sense of continuity.