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    A meeting of roof lines between the entryways of the house and barn serves as a gateway to the Kingdom. next>
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    South view of the site from the barn/workshop to the house.<back next>







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    The reserved facade of the north elevation is designed for efficiency to minimize heat loss.<back next>







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    Main entry to the house showing the mud-room block attached to the west gable end.<back next>







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    Barn/workshop south wall showing native white cedar board & batten siding separated from fiber cement clapboard by a band of red trim.<back next>







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    The south side of the house showing large windows to the dining area and 2nd floor, with a 3-season porch on the ground floor beyond.<back next>







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    Main entry to the workshop. The full sun exposure of the south wall will accommodate a future greenhouse.<back next>







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    Outside deck to the 3-season porch on the south side of the house.<back next>







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    An open bookshelf wall with built-in cabinetry is integrated with the main stair between the first and second floors.<back next>







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    Bookshelf stair dividing wall viewed from the main entry hall to living area.<back next>






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    Making our way up the main stair with integrated shelving.<back next>


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    Bookshelf dividing wall at second floor landing.<back next>


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    A sun-filled dining area open to the kitchen on the main floor.<back next>


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    2nd floor guest bedroom.<back next>


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    A washroom off the entry hallway.<back next>


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    Passageways to views and light.<back next>


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    Master bedroom cathedral ceiling.<back next>


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    Ground Floor Plan — House<back next>


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    Upper Floor Plans — House<back next>


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    Ground Floor Plan — Barn/Shop<back next>


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    Gable End Elevations — House<back next>


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    North-South Elevations — House and Barn<back next>


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    SIPs Layout Sheet<back next>


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    Entryway Detail — House<back next>


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    Woodstove and Cabinetry Design Sheet<back next>


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    Stair Integrated Cabinetry and Shelving Design Sheet<back next>


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    Master Bedroom Loft Ladder Design Sheet<back next>


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    Wall section showing thermal mass foundation, SIP walls and truss roof.<back next>


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    Wall-to-Roof Section Drawings<back




Built like a castle on the threshold of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom in the mist of the lakes and trails of Craftsbury Common, the LNR House serves as the home for a family who enjoy both the rigors of outdoor activity and the contemplation of books. Designed to meet Passive House standards, the house is constructed of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and, instead of a basement, rests on a thermal heat storage mass of sand. The project brings together a house and a barn/workshop. These buildings include lofty ceilings and 8-foot doors, to accommodate Dan's 6'-7" stature, while retaining a traditional vernacular style of Vermont.

Click through the slide show above to view the finished house and select drawings, or scroll through the film strip below to follow the context, design and construction.


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