Design Challenge

The setting for this new home was a unique, wooded site on the shores of Lake Champlain. The client wanted to preserve the natural features of the site, while utilizing local and natural materials, and accommodating the rituals of their daily lives.


Our siting nestled the home among the site's mature hardwood trees providing abundant lake views with minimal clearing.  Stones from the Champlain region were thoughtfully used to form outdoor spaces, and wood finishes were selected to match the species of surrounding trees.  The home was sized and shaped for the daily rituals of its occupants, allowing open places for gathering and isolated places for reflection.


This residence is located near Red Rocks Park in a rocky cove on the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. The compact plan opens up towards the lake with a south terrace, protected with a shade arbor, and leading to a freestanding screen porch.  An upstairs sleeping and bathing loft opens to a balcony perched above the arbor.  The north entry was placed deep within a courtyard surrounded by native planting under the dense tree canopy.

Project Details


Burlington, VT




2,300 sf