Hinesburg House


The setting for this house is a wooded hillside knoll overlooking a meadow with the Adirondack Mountains in the distance. The program requirement for the project was a workshop for the family business with a dwelling unit above. At some future date a new resident would be built close by and this dwelling would then become a guest house. The resulting design was a simple compact form set back in the woods from the knoll edge. The structure utilizes a steel frame wrapped with stress skin panels and rain screen siding separated from the sheathing with vertical strapping. From ground level a steel stair rises to the upper level and a compact mudroom at the entryway. On the interior is an open living plan enlarged by the two shed dormers with two bedrooms to one side and an enclosed bathroom adjacent to the kitchen. Translucent panels spread light throughout the spaces from the gable windows at both sides of the house. The interior palate is modern with details expressive of the natural materials used throughout. The design shows the effective use of space within a small footprint while the exterior reads as a powerful yet subdued element in the forest setting.