March 1st, 2009
Welcome to our new home on the vast internet. We are physically located in Plainfield, Vermont. Please enjoy looking over our projects below. For more information about who we are and what we do navigate this website by clicking on the links below.
We design, build, and renovate throughout central Vermont – staying close to home for most projects and traveling a bit for others. We’ll be building our site as our work grows – so please check back and be sure to contact us to start planning for your green construction, renovation, or timber frame project. Check out the categories to the right for more information on our work – and we’ll be updating the posts below with snapshots and information from our most recent adventures in green building.
January 21st, 2013
This project is an interesting one. I would describe it as a collaboration between us (the builders), the designer, the homeowner, two painters and a heating systems company. The job has many aspects to it. After a structural assessment we addressed a few support issues in the basement with new footers and posts. We replaced a number of large double hung windows in terrible shape with new Marvin full replacements. We duplicated the historic trim inside and out and one painter did a fantastic job matching the trim to the old mahogany. We have performed numerous floor patches to match the old floor as the old radiators have been replaced. The new heating system is a Pellergy boiler with Runtal low temp panels that operate at 140 degrees. The heating project has been mostly the brainchild of the homeowner and heating company and will also include solar panels. We have altered closets and walls. The project also includes a full kitchen remodel. More pictures soon!
fir closet doors with heirloom enameled pulls
new wall hung low temp radiant panels
kids room after plaster reno and paint
closet hardware clothes rod shelf detail
January 12th, 2013
It’s been a while since the last post. It was quite a busy summer and fall. Still busy with interior work. Kitchen renovation, half bath addition, full window replacement matching historic trim, helping rehab and renovate a neglected farmhouse. Pictures coming soon.
June 26th, 2012
This project is located in Montpelier and consists of renovating the 3rd floor of house that will one day be a mother in-law “suite”. We are adding exterior access to a 3rd floor space via a combination deck, spiral stair and wooden stair. The 3rd floor is to be finished and a 3/4 bath and small kitchen added. The sketches below are an example of the quick working drawings we do to help a customer visualize what things could look like.
spiral stair powder coated to match house trim
exterior concept sketch
kitchen concept sketch
bath concept sketch
February 12th, 2012
This 1970′s ranch is located up high with an amazing view across to some wooded mountains. The main focus of this project was to replace the current windows with much longer ones. The new 63″ high casement windows extend down to about 14″ above the floor, providing a nice sweeping view. The windows on the south side of the house have a coating that allows much more solar gain than a traditional low-E coating to help lower heating costs. The master bedroom and living room each have a triple set of 37″x63″ windows. Additionally we will be added a partition wall and moved a few others to create a new bedroom and a mudroom. We added transom windows on either side of the hallway in the office and mudroom to help open up the space. We also built several built-in bookcases with the same modern no trim style as the windows.
hallway widened to 5' with transom windows added
music and reading room with bookcase
typical before and after view in progress
side by side comparison of new view with larger window on the left
December 30th, 2011
To state the obvious, what a disaster. The house is a 3 family rental. It belongs to clients who I have worked for over the years doing small projects to make the apartments nicer for the tenants. Luckily there were no tenants when the flood happened. Unluckily we were 2 weeks away from doing a medium sized renovation when the flood happened.
When the Winooski overran it’s banks the houses on this street were filled with water up to the 1st floor windowsills. The basements were of course full, and in this house the heating oil tanks tipped over and an environmental cleanup was necessary. We filled 5-6 20 yard dumpsters (the big long ones). Luckily the town paid for trash removal. The basement is about 100 feet long and was basically full of stuff. It took weeks just to clean the place out. Then came the power washing and treatment for mold and drying. After all that was over we finally started rebuilding. I am amazed by the fact that it seems that everyone has stayed put. I would have expected more people to just start over somewhere else. Maybe it is the community spirit that kept everyone going. People were handing out free lunches and coffee for weeks. Youth and church groups were everywhere helping out. Thanks to the Mennonites from Morrisville! They saved the homeowner thousands of dollars by providing hundreds of hours of labor for free.
drywall and insulation removed
finally, light at the end of the tunnel
new high efficiency boiler to replace ancient oil boiler
September 29th, 2011
Locally milled pine timbers and rafter stock. V-groove ceiling boards and metal roof. Steel brackets for post bottoms fabricated by Bauer Fabrications in Waterbury, VT.
porch and cob house
rafter tails and timber
timber in progress
sunny windy day cutting timbers
September 2nd, 2011
Adding on a bedroom, mudroom, bathroom and den area. 6×8 entry/porch on the front.
August 16th, 2011
We recently traveled to Tinmouth, Vermont. The occasion was Solarfest. It was a a very engaging weekend. I gave a timber framing workshop and had a great time chatting with other people about solar collectors, composting toilets and hempcrete. One of the other highlights was riding an electric bike.
woodshed frame from Solarfest
dicussing the merits of using timber screws
working on a rafter pair
talking about tools and technique
June 4th, 2011
We are currently working on a farmhouse renovation in Washington, Vermont. Tearing off the old cracked and rotten clapboards and adding housewrap and foaming all of the window and doors around the jambs and foaming in places that did not get insulated well when the cellulose was blown in 10 years ago. We are saving the trim in a few areas. It is amazing how well old growth spruce that is covered in old oil based paint lasts!
One challenge with this kind of job is what to keep and what to tear off. The other big challenge is working with how the old structure has moved and shifted to bring all of the areas together nicely when the scope of work does not include re-leveling and squaring the whole house!
When it is complete the house will be painted in it’s classic barn red color.
exterior renovation complete
front of old farmhouse with new skin
turning the corner
power planing down the edges of old board sheathing to flatten it out
what the farmhouse looked like before
June 4th, 2011
The customer wanted to add a dishwasher and update the kitchen a bit but did not have the budget to redo the whole kitchen. We came up with a solution for about 1/3 the price. We changed out the sink base and added new Cambria counters. They chose a top mount stainless sink with a shallow bowl because they are tall and don’t like to stoop over the sink. They also chose a stainless dishwasher which matches the counters well without clashing with the white stove. We also added a new outlet and updated to GFI outlets and added a tile backsplash. We were able to keep all of the old built in upper cabinets and one of the lower cabinets (with a little alteration). I think it all came together nicely and fits fairly seamlessly.
dishwasher view/new base cabinets
detail of tile/counter
counter view/old base cabinet
April 16th, 2011
Built-in cabinet job for a restaurant in Montpelier. Building and installing cabinets, liquor shelves and floating shelves for the back of the bar in a local restaurant. This job was done on a very tight schedule. Only
1 1/2 weeks start to finish! Used solid maple doors for the glass front wine cabinet and Purebond formaldehyde free plywood for the other doors and the cabinets. Shelves constructed from pine and painted black with Benjamen Moore Aura paint.
detail of carcass
3 tier liquor shelf detail
3 tier shelf detail
glass front wine cabinet/glass shelf
liquor cabinets with locks
floating shelf detail
floating shelf detail
overview of bar
March 26th, 2011
This month has been a steady progression of small jobs with a few periods of rest and enjoying the snow! We have been working on a built in closet bypass door installation and a partial kitchen remodel. The kitchen client wanted a dishwasher so we removed the old metal sink base and replaced it with a smaller sink base and dishwasher. The new counters are Cambria. The backsplash is subway tile. Pictures coming soon.
February 10th, 2011
Here are a few pictures of a simple platform bed designed and built on site for a single mattress.
January 28th, 2011
detail of floor to ceiling corner shelf
site built cherry vanity top/sink
Dual flush toilet from Kohler. Easy to clean base. Vermont slate tile. Beadboard wainscoting.
Renovation of half bathroom in progress. Bathroom is about 4′x4′ with a 2′x2′ little alcove in it. The sink above is in the little alcove. My favorite thing about this style of toilet is how easy they are to clean since the base is all one solid plane. Have also installed 12″ Vermont slate tile. The new wainscoting is clear pine painted white.
December 31st, 2010
classic subway tile detail
towel bar/tile detail
built-ins in plumbing access panel
Renovation of full bathroom. White subway tile for tub surround and wainscoting. Black stripe continuous around the room.
August 25th, 2010
The main project this past month has been a 32×34 outbuilding designed to keep cars, firewood and tools out of the elements. There is a fully enclosed space at the rear to store sound gear. The enclosed structure is stick framed, while the outer walls are built up post and beam (not timber frame) with lags and timber screws for fasteners. It is sided with channel groove rustic siding stained with a solid oil stain.
siding and loft windows installed
detail of hybrid construction
getting supports ready for ridge beam
side view - storage room area
storagebarnport from front
plan view drawing
side view drawing
July 25th, 2010
This great little heater unit is made by a company called Envi that we installed in a small (6×7) mudroom addition from this winter. It has a built in thermostat and works as a convection unit, drawing cool air from below and sending it up to create a circular air flow and maintain a consistent room temperature. We also put in a well insulated and air-sealed entry door in a stairwell to replace a cold and drafty old hollow core door. The door trim is fir to match the existing older trim. True Colors paint store in Montpelier did a fantastic job doing a stain match to the old varnished trim.
small heat, small space, small budget...a good match
therma-tru replacement door
July 11th, 2010
This addition was on a pre-civil war cape. The inspector dated it by the rafters, which were 4×4 timber that was sawn on a vertical blade mill instead of a circular saw mill. The old rafters were 3′ on center. Andy reclaimed the rafters to make a bunk bed for his kid. We framed the new roof up with a structural ridge. The eave wall rests on the old 8×8 timber plate. The original bedroom had a small footprint and was built in a kneewall space so it had very tight headroom which required the owners to get out of bed at the end. In addition they had a 5′ tall closet that was about 2 feet square. Now they have an additional 80 square feet with 6 feet of headroom. The two new closets are 82″ tall, 24″ deep and 44″ wide.
dormer addition exterior
interior of bedroom before addition
new dormer interior
May 6th, 2010
This 600 ft2 house was originally built as a camp and then added onto. Major demo work, moving and removing walls, removing carpet, repairing subfloor. Old chimney was torn out. New plumbing. Upgraded insulation in walls and air sealing on many walls. Added a bath fan for ventilation/moisture. Blocking up doors and windows. Laid a solid wood floor and tile for the bath floor and shower surround. Installed a stacked washer/dryer behind a bi-fold door in the bathroom. It was all topped off with a marble counter and stainless/black appliances. The customer noted that the solid surface stove has made an excellent small house extra counter space for cooking projects.
kitchen faucet detail
glass front cabinets
kitchen area after
kitchen/bath area before
looking in from front door after
looking in from front door before
compact laundry and shower
closet with bypass doors
March 18th, 2010
We have been working on several projects through the winter. Pictures coming soon. First…
It seemed like it was never going to snow and then…tire chains are required to pull the trailer out! For the homeowner in the winter it may be “some hiking required”. Have been working on framing, capping and finishing a walk-out basement on an existing foundation. It was originally to be a whole house but the bank said no to the borrower. Luckily she was able to get financing through a special program for low-income borrowers. She will do much of the finish work. Radiant heat in the slab and a beautiful view of the hills through five 25×74 fixed glass low-E units should create a cozy home. They did. The owner is in and enjoying the view.
Currently two jobs are nearing completion. One is a small mudroom/bathroom addition inside the garage. The other is a reconfiguration of a 600 ft2 mother in-law cottage. More details and pictures soon.