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Artfully Inspired Mountain Residence


The surrounding rural countryside had a large impact on the design of this residence. A refined work containing many natural elements manipulated by highly skilled craftsmen, eclipse the challenges this site forwarded. The steep, narrow lot, with extraordinary mountain views became home to this modern take on the rustic mountain home.

Interior and exterior finish details include open rail wood stair with hand forged iron balustrade, gracious kitchen with center island providing seating for six comfortably, mud room with necessary built-ins. Natural materials were used throughout: local maple, cherry, and tinted concrete flooring, soaring granite fireplaces on two floors built with local granite, local hardwoods for interior finishes, wood wall and ceiling finishes, and a wall of Vermont made antique reproduction brick in the walk out basement. Clear, vertical grain red cedar siding was applied, in numerous styles (clapboard, board and batten, horizontal channel, shingle, tongue and groove).

The house is sited for maximum solar gain and view. Walls of glass on south and west sides of the house allow winter sunlight to bathe the 1st and 2nd floors with light.

A highly efficient, self modulating line propane gas furnace has been chosen to supply 5,000 square feet with multi zone radiant heat.

Closed cell polyurethane foam insulation, provides a super-insulated building shell.

Rain screen exterior wall system, allows air to circulate behind the cedar siding thus allowing moisture to evaporate. The rain screen system extends the life of the cedar siding and keeps moisture from penetrating exterior wall sheathing.

Landscape features include: driveway entry and in-wall lighting, crushed blue stone finished driveway surface, stone walkways, flag stone patio on south side of living and dining rooms, planting of native grasses and sod type grass (immediately surrounding house),hand laid and boulder retaining walls, dozens of specimen and screening trees have been carefully planted.

Thomas Kuepper is a life-long student of building science and building performance.  My knowledge and commitment to efficiency ensures the energy efficiency of our projects.

Architecture/design: Tektonika Studio Architects – Stowe, VT