Vermont Barn to High Performance Home

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The last house on a dirt road in the hills of Southern Vermont.
This house has had many lives. The property itself has as well. While exploring the woods and fields, we found an old cellar hole and a beautiful pond that looked man-made with berms not of beaver origin. The old barn and outbuildings themselves were probably not in their original locations and had been turned into a summer camp half a century ago.

We initially looked at various options including leaving the barn alone and creating a new building, dismantling the barn and re-using the frame and moving the barn and creating a new foundation for it. We ended up leaving the barn in place and stabilizing the existing stone foundation.

The design process was intensive and thorough as we endeavored to make the most of the inherent possibilities within the framework of what we had chosen to retain.

The resulting home is very insulated, airtight and warm and cozy in the winter as well as bright and airy.

This project won a “Best of the Best” award in 2019 from Efficiency Vermont

Architect: Robert Swinburne of Bluetime Collaborative
Builder: Webster Construction with Mathes Hulme Builders and Helm Construction Management

Interiors: Joanne Palmisano

Lighting: Brillliant - Tim Mathiesen

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Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Shingles Roof Material, Gable RoofLine, and House Building Type. New exterior Photo  of Vermont Barn to High Performance HomeView Photos

New exterior

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, and Barn Building Type. Original Barn Photo 2 of Vermont Barn to High Performance HomeView Photos

Original Barn

Modern home with Exterior, Shingles Roof Material, House Building Type, Gable RoofLine, and Wood Siding Material. New Sunporch added. Photo 3 of Vermont Barn to High Performance HomeView Photos

New Sunporch added.

Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Wood Burning Fireplace, and Pendant Lighting. Interior - Existing timber frame, floor, fireplace and paneling Photo 4 of Vermont Barn to High Performance HomeView Photos

Interior - Existing timber frame, floor, fireplace and paneling

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Table, Wood Burning Fireplace, Medium Hardwood Floor, Standard Layout Fireplace, and Ceiling Lighting. Interior - Existing timber frame, floor, fireplace and paneling Photo 5 of Vermont Barn to High Performance HomeView Photos

Interior - Existing timber frame, floor, fireplace and paneling

Modern home with Kitchen, Ceiling Lighting, Stone Counter, Colorful Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Drop In Sink, Subway Tile Backsplashe, Granite Counter, and Dishwasher. Kitchen with window to the sunporch Photo 6 of Vermont Barn to High Performance HomeView Photos

Kitchen with window to the sunporch

Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, Bookcase, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Daybed at the bottom of the stairs Photo 7 of Vermont Barn to High Performance HomeView Photos

Daybed at the bottom of the stairs

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Pendant Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, and Chair. Robert Swinburne chose to leave some of the barn's original elements, such as the rustic timber frames. The dining, kitchen, and living areas are now filled with light. Photo 8 of Vermont Barn to High Performance HomeView Photos

Robert Swinburne chose to leave some of the barn's original elements, such as the rustic timber frames. The dining, kitchen, and living areas are now filled with light.

Modern home with Living Room. original interior Photo 9 of Vermont Barn to High Performance HomeView Photos

original interior

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Overview

Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Farmhouse
  • Year
  • 2018
  • Square Feet
  • 1500
  • Lot Size
  • many acres on a hill in Vermont