Saturday, December 19, 2009

blog list

Although construction of the Modern Cabin is complete, I will continue to post from time to time.

I've added three blogs to my blog list. The blogs recount the construction of other projects I have designed. The projects are located in Bristol and Stowe,Vermont and in Metaline Falls, Washington. Please take a look.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

stone steps

Blue stone steps make a gentle curving path to the entry.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Stone steps and pavers along with potted grasses are ready to be installed.  The Colby Hill Landscape Company will start this week.

shower door


The former owner of the property is an artist.  I have hung three of her paintings in the new cabin.

deck railing

Both the steel cables and supports are custom made.  The cables are self tensioning; the long run uses sleek turnbuckles.  The plate in contact with the cedar and the lag screws are stainless steel. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009



A linen curtain on a stainless steel rod separates the sleeping alcove from the living space.

Ipe decking

Andrew is installing the sustainably harvested Ipe decking with concealed fasteners.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

finally a floor plan

The kitchen (top middle) and bedroom alcove (bottom right) are open to the living/dining area. The entry (top right) can double as a home office or extra sleeping space.  The total footprint is 782 square feet.  The space feels much larger due to the open plan and many windows.

solar evaluation

Danielle and Joe of GroSolar use their solar site selector to determine the best place for pole mounted pv panels.

finish grading and shower tile

The fiberglass window in the shower will withstand moisture.  The jambs around the window are stone to match the limestone tile.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


East and south facing windows bring in lots of light.  So much light comes in from the windows on all sides that electric light is not necessary during the day.  The suspended ceiling fixture casts light down and up where it is reflected off the wood ceiling.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

wood stove

Earlier this year we selected a wood stove that we liked the looks of; it also fit our budget.  The price at the time reflected the fact that the stove was discontinued and would no longer be available in the U.S.  After much looking we have found what we were told is the last one in the country.  We look forward to installing the Scan 60 wood stove soon.

control joints

We cut control joints in the concrete slab at predetermined locations and at doorways  to eliminate cracking in other areas of the floor.  The close-up photos also show the variation in color.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

kitchen cabinets

The kitchen cabinets are installed and awaiting appliances. The 30" under counter refrigerator/freezer will be located on the right, the 24" range and hood on the left.  The post and beam frame the kitchen alcove and echo the posts and beams at the porch on the exterior. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

concrete floor

This morning Mike Frost of Vermont Eco Floors worked his magic with stain on the concrete floors.  Yesterday he ground and polished the concrete.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Both the interior and exterior window trim are narrow.  The ash trim on the inside frames the pine windows.  The red cedar trim on the outside frames the fiberglass cladding on the windows and together with the siding and roof overhang creates interesting shadows.  One interior wall will be clad in ash with a profile that mimics the exterior siding.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

interior finish

Inside the concrete floors are protected while walls are painted and wood ceiling is installed.