ECOHOME highlights TSA work as “Natural Beauty.”

by Tektonika Studio Architects on May 1, 2013

Lake Champlain House

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Building size: 2,000 square feet
Lot size: 0.35 acre
Completion date: 2011
Number of permanent occupants: 2
Percent of the home that is daylit: 95
Percent of the home that can be ventilated or cooled with operable windows: 95
Total energy used: 104.2 MMBtu
Percent total energy savings: 50 percent over a 2004 IECC code-level home
HERS rating: 57
Third-party rating: EPA Energy Star 5 Star Plus
Total project cost: $552,500 
Data provided by Peregrine Design/Build and Tektonika Studio Architects

Architect: Tektonika Studio Architects, tektonikavt.com
Builder: Peregrine Design/Build, peregrinedesignbuild.com
Structural engineer: DeWolfe Engineering 
AssociatesRater:Sandra Meidlinger, Efficiency Vermont

ARTICLE EXCERPT:  “The most essential element of a sustainably built home is a committed client. The building envelope, materials, and systems all hold vital importance, of course. But without a sincere desire from the homeowner for a high-performance residence, the green-building process can’t move forward. Luckily for Ernie Ruskey, AIA, of Tektonika Studio Architects, and builder Tim Frost, the owners of this Burlington, Vt., house specifically requested a low-impact, energy-efficient dwelling. “They wanted an environmentally friendly house, and to minimize the overall energy load,” Frost says.

Working with a local deconstruction company, Ruskey and Frost recycled and salvaged anything they could from the existing, dilapidated summer cottage on the property. The new 2,000-square-foot house follows the original footprint on its west side, which faces Lake Champlain. Away from the lake, on the east side, Ruskey added about 375 square feet. Most of the existing landscaping remained in place, partly to comply with local regulations. “Vermont is very strict about protecting trees,” explains Ruskey, principal of Tektonika Studio Architects. “The goal is to minimize the impact of buildings on views from the lake.”

Frost and Ruskey worked together to keep the home’s energy use as low as possible in the face of Vermont’s snowy, bitter-cold winters. The wood-framed walls and ceiling are insulated with closed-cell spray foam. “In a tight home, especially in a cold climate, your biggest expense is air leakage and condensation getting into the wall cavities,” Frost says. “I think foam works well to prevent that.” His company, Peregrine Design/Build, has remodeled many houses, and he’s noticed that when he takes apart walls containing foam insulation, they’ve typically stayed completely dry.”

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Drueding, Hechan. “Natural Beauty; A Vermont house sips energy in a leafy lakeside setting.” ECOHOME. Summer 2013: pg.39. Print.


Dramatic Impact in New England Home collaboration

by Tektonika Studio Architects on March 1, 2012

Tektonika Studio Architects’ collaboration with Seldom Scene Interiors is highlighted in the Mar/Apr 2011 issue of New England Home magazine.  The extensive architectural renovation of this Stowe, Vermont home included the demolition and re-configuration of the home’s overall spatial allocations and programmatic adjacencies as well as the reconsideration of the structural, mechanical and electrical systems.  Architectural services provided by TSA for the home allowed the re-imagined spaces to become a welcoming palette which comes alive through collaboration with Seldom Scene Interiors to make a truly “Dramatic Impact” as the article chronicles.


Interior design: Wendy Valliere, Seldom Scene Interiors
Architecture: Ernest Ruskey, Tektonika Studio Architects
Builder: B&D Builders

ARTICLE EXCERPT: “Accustomed to tackling seemingly impossible projects for demanding clients, Valliere rarely saw the fourteen-month renovation as daunting. With the assistance of architect Ernest Ruskey of Stowe’s Tektonika Studio Architects, she stripped the house down to just three walls, installing all new electrical, plumbing and air conditioning systems and moving almost every door and window. “We literally took the roof off, removed floors and reconstructed the house,” says Ruskey.”

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Kunstel, Stacy. “Dramatic Impact, An interior designer feathers her own nest in Stowe, Vermont, in bold fashion.” New England Home. March/April 2011: pg. 105-111. Print.