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Seen through the trees, the north elevation is a study of the reserved simplicity and discretion that characterize this house.
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The topography of the site allowed for plenty of windows on the south elevation, with garage parking and basement area built into the hillside.
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Viewed through a stand of hardwood trees to the west, the barn-like design of the house is in character with its setting.
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Open spaces of the interior show the hemlock post and beam structure with white infill walls and red birch hardwood flooring.
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A view to the siting room where the open space is scaled down for intimacy.
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Detail of a south window extending beyond the second floor framing.
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Day and night views of the main living area.
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Detail of natural materials seen from the main entry: brick, red birch flloring, hemlock framing, slate tile, "pickled" pine ceiling — all set against a canvass of white walls.
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Views from opposite ends of the main hallway.
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Child's bedroom with toy collection on window seats.
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Woods view framed through a south window.
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Bedroom built-in corner nook.
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Exposed rafters to skylights at roof ridge.
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Detail of integrated ceiling lights with steel rod tension ties and exposed rafters.
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Detail view from loft to kitchen.
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View from stairwell to loft ceiling.
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Loft floor with bookshelf railing and south window extending beyond floor framing.
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Views of bluestone patio railing.
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North and South Elevations
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East and West Elevations
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East/West Framing Elevations
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Main Space Cross Section Drawing
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Located between the hills and the sky in the woods of southern Vermont, the Y§S Barn is conceived as a house inspired by a barn and is used as a place of retreat for a family who live in the city. The simple geometric form and reserved pallet of materials both inside and out serve as a clean canvass for the exquisite taste applied to finish work and furnishings.
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.
[A later addition of a screened porch to the west gable end of the house can be seen here.]