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.

Mountain Cabin in Waitsfield, Vermont

 

20141217143213_00001The Mountain Cabin, located in Waitsfield, Vermont, is under construction. Nestled among the trees on a west facing knoll, the cabin overlooks the Mad River Valley.  This two bedroom, two bath home provides compact living on one level.  Bi-fold doors at the south west corner of the cabin open wide to provide access to a deck and connect with the outdoors.

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Happy Camper

I recently received the note below from a satisfied client:

Hi Wags, Joan, and Katie,

What a joy it was for us to be at the cottage this past summer with the new bunkhouse and renovated cottage!  Each day, we appreciated the expanded space and observed the special touches and thoughtful details you all incorporated in your work.  We again realized how fortunate we were to have the expertise, creativity, and vision of architect, builder, and landscaper who worked together to create such a delightful spot.

The two separate buildings worked so well and the beautiful stonework and landscaping brought them all together.  (What good exercise it was to climb those steps several times a day!)  We understand the fall has brought changing colors to many of the landscape plants.

The location has always been special to our family but now the renovated cottage and new bunkhouse will make it a comfortable and pleasant place to enjoy with family and friends for years to come.

Many thanks to you all – it was wonderful working with you.

Fondly,
Lynn & Bob

 

Frisbee Lane, Westport, NY

Frisbee Lane, Westport, NY

Frisbee Lane, Westport, NY

Remote Cabin featured on Houzz

I am delighted to have another one of my projects featured on the design website Houzz.

Blogger, Editor and Stylist Joanne Palmisano showcased my Remote Cabin in her ideabook entitled, Houzz Tour: Cozy Vermont Cabin Blanketed in Charm  This carefully crafted, ecofriendly cabin in the woods makes coming in from the cold a truly memorable occasion.

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Modern Cabin featured on Houzz

I am delighted to have one of my projects featured this week on the design website Houzz.  Houzz is a leading destination for home design enthusiasts, professionals and home owners from around the world. With over 50,000 photos and 100,000 ideabooks, Houzz has the largest database of home design ideas on the net; it is the online version of cutting pages out of magazines and stuffing them in a folder.

Writer, Editor and Dreamer Lawrence Karol showcased my Modern Cabin in his ideabook entitled, Houzz Tour: Bright, Polished Vermont Cabin  Using local woods, plentiful windows and a keen eye for design, an architect builds a sleek cabin in the mountains of Vermont.

“I don’t know much about playing poker, but I’ve been told that a pair of aces is the best starting hand in Texas Hold ‘Em. Architect Joan Heaton was holding the equivalent of this lucky pair — a keen eye for clean, modern design and a husband who’s a builder — when she began construction on this 800-square-foot cabin in the Green Mountains of Vermont.”

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small house designs donated

I am pleased to donate three small house designs to the Mad River Valley Housing Coalition for use in their Affordable Land initiative.   The Housing Coalition has identified the cost of land as the biggest obstacle for a working family to be able to build a modest home in the Mad River Valley.  MRVHCs Affordable Land initiative offers property at little or no cost to people who live or work in the Valley and want to build their first home. In addition to land, the Housing Coalition offers designs for small, energy-efficient homes for use at no cost.  One of the my small house designs is pictured below.