Off the grid in Glover VT: adorable doors and stellar stairs

Winter is beginning to set in so we are feeling some sense of urgency to wrap as much up as we can before the class IV road becomes impassable for the (long) season….

Meanwhile…it seems every day that something is actually getting finished….last week the front door hung and trimmed and balcony railings installed, today the staircase bannisters and track doors trimmed out, and tomorrow the awnings and starting the kitchen casework.  Our wonderful client came for a visit and unlike his more methodical self he was like a kid in a candy store…seeing his (and family’s) vision finally coming together.  While many clients are deeply involved, on this project the design was primarily client generated and driven with tremendous attention to detail.  The mistakes?….mostly ours…….but also mostly well worked out.  The house is light and airy and eminently vertical….literally an orchestration of woods and geometric planes, as the (mostly) client taken pictures project. Considering the rocky beginning we had with a trashed floor system on the original foundation and the loss of one of our best subs–this has evolved into a memorable marathon and a winsome watershed in our lives.

Stay tuned for a clawfoot bathtub, soapstone stove, concrete countertops and an (a)spiring chimney….


Off the grid in Glover VT: delineating the details

Over the last few weeks house we have been finishing out the Glover house in constant communication with our clients about the many details that will impact their home for a lifetime….walls, trim, ceilings, casework, wood stove, hearth, cabinets, interior track doors, railings, stairs, plumbing….an at times seemingly endless list that often resolves portions immediately and some that drag out until we figure out the best case scenario.  We are fortunate to have clients who are wonderfully and passionately engaged in the process from hundreds of miles away–and whose tastes mirror our own in many ways.

The house is a symphony of wood contrasts…with spruce floors, clear vertical grain doug fir trim to match the timber, and pine v-groove ceilings above with vertical shiplap on the inside of the exterior walls and horizontally adhered on the interior partitions….all complemented by our recessed panel beaded doug fir doors on tracks to enclose the master bedroom and the pantry.

We are still up in the air about the counter tops…thinking that we need a splash of contrast with stone or concrete….which we will have in the hearth and gorgeous soapstone stove just delivered on site….all five hundred pounds of it.

While the details at times seem endless–they come and go quickly so the long list is not interminable….but exhilarating as we move through it–having worked all these months to finally get to the end product….stay tuned.