Ghost Shed

We’re excited to share these photos of our Ghost Shed in North Ferrisburgh, Vermont.  The shed blends with its surroundings by day and lights up like a lantern at night. If you look carefully, you can see the Ghost Shed through a corner window at the house. Project Team: Joan Heaton Architects, Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture and Silver Maple Construction.






















Joan Heaton Architects Receives AIA Award for Excellence in Design

The American Institute of Architects, Vermont Chapter, has awarded a Merit Award to Joan Heaton Architects for the Vermont Modern Barn, a new home construction project built in Weybridge, Vermont.

Both the client, Mary Cullinane, and the general contractor, Silver Maple Construction of New Haven, also received recognition for their roles.  Joan has built her practice on the belief that a collaborative effort between Owner, Architect, and Builder yields the best results; the recent recognition confirms this notion. Other local firms who participated in the project are Raycroft Meyer Landscape Architects of Bristol and Artisan Engineering of Shelburne.  Credit for the photos goes to photographer Jim Westphalen.

The award-winning project is a small, airy home, sited to take advantage of southern exposure and views to the west.  The barn, modeled on the local form, is updated with a structural system of steel beams and big expanses of glass in the windows and doors.  A twelve-foot wide sliding door disappears into the gable end wall and a pivot entry door welcomes the owner and visitors.  A “bump out” containing four bunk beds accommodates overnight guests.

Middlebury Barn featured in Design New England Magazine and Houzz

The Middlebury Barn is in the press both in print and online.  The project was featured in the May/June issue of Design New England Magazine in an article entitled “The Fixer Uppers” and again recently on Houzz in “3 Fabulous Farmhouse Kitchens”.

“The Fixer-Uppers”, written by Kathleen James and photographed by Susan Teare, tells the story of  a husband and wife team who crafts a winning renovation of an iconic 1890s Vermont barn.  Read the full story here >>

Blogger Mitchell Parker describes the ‘uh-oh’ moment in renovating the Middlebury Barn kitchen in his article “3 Fabulous Farmhouse Kitchens” on Houzz.  Read the article here>>.

Mountain Cabin featured in Fine Homebuilding’s Design Blog

The recently completed Mountain Cabin in Waitsfield, Vermont was featured in Fine Homebuilding’s Design Blog – Through the Lens.  Photo and text by Susan Teare.

Located on a west facing knoll overlooking a local valley, this two bedroom and two bathroom home provides compact living on one level.  Bifold glass doors positioned on the southwest corner open wide to provide access to a deck and the outdoors.  The exterior siding and window trim is rough sawn western red cedar with a stained finish. The windows are Marvin clad – their color is Ebony.  The home is low maintenance, energy efficient and cozy with a standing seam metal roof.  I couldn’t wait to go inside after shooting the exterior to warm up by the woodstove!

Link to Fine Homebuilding’s Design Blog >>

Farmhouse Entry featured on Houzz

The entry below is featured on Houzz in an ideabook entitled, “How to Make the Most of Your Entry (No Closet Required)”.

Janell Beals writes:

A bench not only looks welcoming, but provides function and design to this hardworking area of the home. Here, a long bench allows for baskets to be placed underneath. Hooks line the entire perimeter of the room above the wainscoting, and a charming antique urn for umbrella storage completes the look.

Link to Houzz >>