Architecture: Family of Friends

Design New England
March/April 2018
Written by Kathleen James
Photographed by Jim Westphalen

In a small Vermont town, a modern barn is designed for an extended household.

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Magic Mountain Cabin

Fine Homebuilding Small Homes
Fall 2016
By Arron Fagan
Photography by Susan Teare

This elegant and functional cabin creates the illusion of spaciousness with thoughtful finishes and storage solutions.

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The Fixer-Uppers

Design New England
May/June 2016
Written by Kathleen James
Photographed by Susan Teare

A husband and wife team crafts a winning renovation of an iconic 1890s Vermont barn.

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Remote Cabin is a Green Gem

Cabin Life
December 2012
Written by Fran Sigurdsson
Photographed by Susan Teare

Cabin Life magazine asked me for some tips on designing a cabin.  My tips and a link to the article appear below:

  • Take advantage of light from all sides.  Often in a small cabin, light from windows placed on the north, south, east and west sides can reach the main space because there are few interior partitions.
  • Plan for storage and a mechanical room.  Closets and built-in storage can help keep clutter at bay so main spaces look neat and clean.
  • Include outdoor living spaces. Covered porches, decks, and patios help a small footprint live large.
  • Use the roof shape to add character.  Cathedral ceilings feel spacious while dormers create cozy nooks.

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No Artificial Ingredients

Green Building and Design Magazine
April/May/June 2012
Written by Matt Alderton
Photographed by Susan Teare and Barrie Fisher

Architect Joan Heaton honors the Adirondack region with wood-based designs that are rooted in nature and history.

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Architect Joan Heaton puts her design ideas into action at her family’s house in Lincoln

Vermont Magazine
May/June 2009
Written by Kathleen James
Photographed by Carolyn Bates

Bristol Architect Joan Heaton likes to work in a style best described as the New Vernacular, a freewheeling combination of traditional forms and modern sensibilities. From the outside, a Heaton home may look like an historic Vermont farmhouse, while inside, it’s light and airy, with a wide-open floor plan and eclectic materials.

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Renovating an Old Schoolhouse in New Haven

Vermont Magazine
April 1999
Written by Alan Pistorius
Photographed by Gary Hall

Andrew Furtsch, a young builder from the mountain town of Lincoln, didn’t know much about the tall structure perched on a hill above the New Haven River in nearby New Haven Mills. He knew that it was an old school and an extraordinary building, but that was about it.

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Enter the Dragon

Fine Homebuilding Magazine
September 1997
Photographed by Charles Miller and Jared Polesky

Enter the Dragon. Then crawl forward through its belly, spin down the spiral slide and repeat as many times as necessary. Kids at the Denise Louis Early Education Center in Seattle, Washington, have this drill to look forward to at daily recess.

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