Ranch Rehab South Burlington

The owner referred to this house as The Motel.  The existing home’s best feature was the spectacular views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains beyond.

My design philosophy was to maximize the access to  the views and try to tame the 150′ expanse of the long horizontal ranch.  Converting most of the windows to tall double hung units and adding a large porch to the middle of the building helped move it from motel look  to a home.  The homeowner’s extensive landscaping greatly improved how the house fit into the surroundings.

Builder – Ed Hamilton Wolftree Woodworking


This has been a great project which has taken a few years to reach its full potential. The clients have great taste and vision.  The project was enacted in several phases as money became available. The 3 story addition was the first phase, adding a kitchen on the first floor with four  9′ tall sliders at the back to allow a connection between the indoors and outdoors.   The second  floor of the addition is a master bedroom and the third floor has a lake-viewing porch with an enclosed micro office.  The owners did a great deal of the interior work and exterior shingling. I put on my tool belt and worked with the owner to trim out the bedroom in fir beadboard and build the west side porch. There is still a spiral staircase to the attic and a few more great ideas in the works.

New Burlington Bungalow

A very small urban site and limited budget helped make this comfortable bungalow use every inch of the house to maximum effect.  As with many of the sites in Burlington the interpretation of the zoning rules and it’s constraints on the site are a challenging puzzle.  Builder-  Jeremy Oneill.

Garage Mahal

This new building is in my own backyard.  I did all the construction with the exception of the plumbing and electrical. Dubbed the Garage Mahal for its opulence compared to the standard garage, the design challenges were a very tight limit on lot coverage and clay soil which is very bad for structural support of concrete work. I like to experiment on my own projects so that I can work out the kinks before I use it on a clients house.  I used a shallow frost protected slab for the foundation. The foundation reaches only to 2′ below grade. I also used 1″ rigid insulation applied directly to the studs. Both systems have held up well over time.

South End Gut Remodel Burlington

This house was very dated and was in desperate need of an update to meet the needs of a young family.  The exterior was updated with new windows, roofing and siding. The interior was completely gutted and the layout updated to meet the clients needs.  The open  plan on the first floor is anchored by the kitchen. Only the bath and a study are separated from the great room.

Builder-Jeremy O’Neil

Richmond Duplex

New construction duplex. Contractor was reclaiming a gravel pit on family land to build a new home and rental property for himself. Builder- Todd Farr

Historic Burlington Bungalow

This project in the Sister’s neighborhood was a substantial rehab of a 1940’s era catalog house.  The focus was on renewing an outdated kitchen, adding a dormer to the back side  to accommodate a more generous bathroom and providing more headroom and closet space in the second floor bedrooms.  The front entrance stairs were rebuilt to create a safer entry stair.

I increased the overhang on the roof from a scant 4″ to a more generous  12″.  That change, along with the standing seam roofing, gave the house a much more substantial appearance from the street and helped reduce the ongoing basement flooding.

Builder – Ed Hamilton Wolftree Woodworking

Doctor’s Office

This building suffered from a  very basic flaw. For some reason in the 60’s and “70’s some people thought it was a good idea for the walls of a building to stickup through the roof. the result was a lot of rot. The fix was to chop off the walls sticking up and make the roof cover everything. Add a covered ramp and now you have a dry building  where the roof can do its job for the next 50 years.

Old North End Addition

This  historic house in Burlington’s Old North End was part of the worker’s housing for the Champlain Glass Company. The house at the street is a modest 20×30 brick 1 1/4 story brick building. The headroom on the second floor was very limited, the additions added to the back were poorly built.

Historic preservation rules required that the addition did not overwhelm the historic portion of the house. The first floor changes added a porch, entry area and expanded the kitchen. The new porch on the first floor allowed for the 2nd floor to be wider and provide room for a generous master suite. The addition remained visually secondary to the main part of the house while still meeting the clients needs.

Builder- Ed Hamilton Wolftree Woodworking

Artist’s Residence

This project was about meeting the needs of a  family with lots of guests, parties and art supplies.  The goals were a guest suite, a new family/game room,to attach the art studio  to the house and to provide a  space for greeting cards and ski sharpening. Oh, and a real kitchen should fit in there too.  As is typical in Burlington, there was very little room to fit in all these new needs.

The solution was a one car garage on the street for skis and cards and a studio to the back of the first floor with lots of light. The second floor of the addition was the family room and the guest bedroom. The access to the second floor is a bridge across the from the second floor of the existing house to the second floor of the addition. The new kitchen occupies the space between the buildings on the first floor.