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Traditional Urban Landscape l Burlington, Vermont
Published in ‘Old House Journal' magazine, August 2014 edition.
Published in 'Vermont Magzine', November 2013 edition.
Recipient of the 2013 Burlington Perservation Homes Tours award.
This collaborative renovation connects a home built in 1910 to the fabric of its historic city neighborhood, while creating a peaceful sanctuary for the CEO and founder of a company that is a global leader in wind measurement technology. The landscape reflects the owner’s environmental ethic and commitment to renewable energy.
The architect, landscape architect and interior designer team combined traditional and contemporary for an aesthetic that expresses the owner’s love of history, color and simplicity. The small, steeply sloping, overgrown backyard was transformed into two tiers of welcoming outdoor spaces that seamlessly connect with and extend the indoor environment.
Once neglected, the landscape is now dynamic and inviting, featuring a sunny lounging place, shady breakfast nook, tranquil lawn retreat, and lush vegetable garden. Vermont materials – local quartzite for the retaining wall and steps, brick for walkways and patios, and native nursery stock – were used to reduce fuel consumption and construction-related carbon emissions.
Decorative fences and garden gates locally handcrafted connect the landscape to the house architecture, and a functional, cottage-like storage shed provides a backyard focal point. Creative, environmentally sound methods were used to meet strict city zoning regulations for limiting impervious surfaces in order to keep stormwater runoff on the property.