Lake Champlain Home|Westport, New York

Sited on the shore of Lake Champlain in Westport, New York, this home of sustainable design is built with local and green materials including FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood. Triple glazed windows further the energy efficiency of this well insulated home. Designed for a family with three children who entertain other families with children, this four-bedroom lake home incorporates spaces where large groups can gather as well as intimate spaces for respite.

Details of shingle, stone, and timber typical of Adirondack architecture tie the house to its site and the region. Local timber framers cut the handcrafted timber porch, pergola, and floor system. The stone fireplace is a central feature of the open first-floor plan. The stone is repeated in the chimney and at the base of the porches.


We found Joan via an Internet search in 2007 that led to her website. We were immediately struck by her design aesthetic and scheduled a meeting. Joan was thoughtful, thorough and a wonderful listener so we hired her to design a new home for our family on Lake Champlain. The experience was fantastic from beginning to end, and that is especially impressive as most of the work we did with Joan was done remotely. Joan took the time to ask us how we envisioning using all the spaces in our home, and this lead to a wonderful floor plan and most “livable” home while still keeping a modern and clean look. She was always accessible, answered our questions big and small, and explained her ideas thoroughly. We truly cannot recommend Joan Heaton with more enthusiasm!”

Robin and Amin


Completed: 2009

Photography: Gary Hall

Builder: High Peak Carpentry

Additional Contributions: Timber Frame: Amstutz Woodworking