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Here we see from left to right the work studio, where both clients work full-time, and the main house plus the garage structure/apartment, which is connected to the main entrance of the house. The house is a revolving door of kids going and coming for extended visits.
This picture shows how the home is surrounded by a forest in the north and a meadow in the south. Only a few homes populate the area, and the nearest paved road is about a mile away. The self-containment of the house doesn't bother Kielman's clients one bit, because they have everything they need for work and play within the home.
Kielman's clients wanted to be able to move between the indoors and outdoors with the same ease as they moved through the main house and its different sections. "My favorite part of the home is not actually the home itself but the enclosed outdoor space that's shaped by the arrangement of the three modest building forms and the easy connection each of those forms have to the outside," says Kielman.
Fireplace: Nestor Martin RH 35, Fiamma Fireplaces
A close inspection of the interiors shows iconic modern furnishings in the dining and living areas, which really drive home the point: Although the home's architecture is linked to New England building traditions, the interior design and use of sustainable materials and methods unabashedly breaks with its past.
The shadows cast by the windows connecting the indoors to the outdoors tell you two things: All the window widths in the house are uniform in size, and natural light is a frequent, welcome guest in a home that sees very short days in the wintertime.
There's no need for family and friends to belly up to the kitchen island; the open floor plan and proximity of the dining room table and living area makes everything feel close and intimate. Kielman's clients and their kids (when they're in town) move just as easily through this space as they do through the different parts of the home.
A vase of citrus fruits warms up the stark kitchen, and a backsplash that runs across the full rectangular wall repeats the avocado-green accents throughout the house. A tall standing sculpture adds interest to a small corner, bridging the kitchen to a hallway that leads to the powder room.
Backsplash: Waveline Glass Tile, Reed, Best Tile; countertop: Silestone, Nightmist; sculpture: Leslie Fry; cabinetry: Akurum base with Applad white fronts, Ikea
This casually dressed bedroom makes a powerful statement in paring down a space to its essential parts. The homeowners chose to focus on necessary items: art for the soul, modern furniture that works hard for the room, Vermont-grown select maple flooring on which bare and stockinged feet can tread, and a furry feline that adds warmth to a spartan space.