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Vintage, Village Farmhouse Addition

“Keeping the detail, adding practicality”

This prominent Stowe farmhouse had been renovated within the last decade. During that renovation, the original barn was removed because of structural flaws. That barn provided a point of entry where one could shake off the elements before entering the house. The owner’s wanted to regain a practical point of entry, while not detracting from the home’s classic, timeless facade.

We added a mudroom with necessary built-ins, by working it into the existing roof line of a covered porch that wraps around the house. Inside, we leveled floors, installed structural elements, added built-in storage, installed shop made furniture, laid local slate tile with electronic radiant heat, and re-worked several existing trim details. Wherever possible, original architectural details were preserved and restored. Historical yet refreshing interior paint colors, hand hewn structural timbers, maple cabinetry, period specific beaded wall coverings, and exterior trim reproductions, dovetail this addition into the timeless character of classic Vermont.

Any time we have the opportunity to be working on a vintage home, we are reminded on a daily basis of the focus, ingenuity, and thrifty inventiveness of our ancestors. Extra care is taken to preserve the original character of older homes. Siding and exterior trim that has been attached to a home for one hundred and fifty years, often shows its age through inconsistent exposure. When adding to homes with historical “character” we follow what was originally fabricated and honor the aging process. This process of blending old with new, focuses on building an addition that appears original to the home.

Architecture/design: Tektonika Studio Architects – Stowe, VT