Antique Cape, Norwich VT

This classic antique cape, situated between Town and Country in Norwich, Vermont presented us with some wonderful design challenges. The existing building needed to be renovated, the Ell needed to be selectively reconfigured and rebuilt, and we needed to add a one-bay garage, support spaces (mudroom, laundry/pantry, office, powder room), a porch, and an art studio. The size of the original building is very small, so everything we did needed to respect that scale, especially as seen from the road. Primary goals for our client, and avid collector and gardener, were to 1) dramatically improve the indoor-outdoor relationships in the house; 2) use every conceivable nook & cranny as creatively as possible for storage; 3) create a landscape setting for the house that allows her to have outdoor living rooms for the summer months, while creating privacy from a busy adjacent road; 4) incorporate her wonderful collection of antique tiles, lighting, hardware and books into the design of the house; and 5) create a classic, sunlit, eat-in farmhouse kitchen to be the center of the house. This project was a true collaboration between client, architect and builder from start to finish - a rich and wonderful experience for us all.
This home is the cover story in the April 2013 issue of This Old House Magazine!
Bookcases flanking window
Ideabooks31,915
Questions15
These built-in bookcases help provide much needed storage in a small home while helping to bounce light into the room from the windows. At night the books are illuminated by the monopoint track fixtures. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“i like the floor to ceiling bookcase plus a way to have a workspace where the window is; leave out t” — Tasha McGlashan
Cozy Living Room
Ideabooks38,598
Questions31
The built-in bookcases in this living room help provide much needed storage in a small home while helping to bounce light into the room from the windows. At night the books are illuminated by the monopoint track fixtures. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“Living one” — Mohamed El-Sayed
Stair update
Ideabooks42,219
Questions11
While the basic elements of the original stairs remain the same the addition of a window and built-in bookcase as well as a new paint job give these stairs a nice makeover. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“painted?” — Andrea
Exterior
Ideabooks9,735
Questions14
Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“Veneziana” — soraialemo
Kitchen Transformation
Ideabooks110K
Questions93
This kitchen was formerly a dark paneled, cluttered, divided space with little natural light. By eliminating partitions and creating a more functional, open floorplan, as well as adding modern windows with traditional detailing, providing lovingly detailed built-ins for the clients extensive collection of beautiful dishes, and lightening up the color palette we were able to cr...More
“nice country look and feel” — libbyschnick
Turning found objects into art and using space wisely
Ideabooks4,429
Questions3
The underside of this staircase serves as storage for both the kitchen and the powder room on the other side of the stairs. An old timber measurer, and wooden snowshoe provide warm, artistic decoration to the light walls. The mast from a sailboat the client used as a child finds new life being repurposed as a stair railing. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“Nooks and crannies” — nursewaldo
Turning found objects into art and using space wisely
Ideabooks5,416
Questions7
The underside of this staircase serves as storage for both the kitchen and the powder room on the other side of the stairs. An old timber measurer, and wooden snowshoe provide warm, artistic decoration to the light walls. The mast from a sailboat the client used as a child finds new life being repurposed as a stair railing. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“bottom landing and hidden storage” — marisolnicholson
Kitchen Transformation
Ideabooks17,195
Questions21
This kitchen was formerly a dark paneled, cluttered, divided space with little natural light. By eliminating partitions and creating an open floorplan, as well as adding modern windows with traditional detailing, providing lovingly detailed built-ins for the clients extensive collection of beautiful dishes, and lightening up the color palette we were able to create a rather mi...More
“mixed metals” — marforij
Repurposing a salvaged sink
Ideabooks97,773
Questions52
This salvaged kitchen sink was found awhile ago by the client who new she wanted to use it if ever she renovated. Integrated beautifully into the Danby marble countertop and backsplash with new fixtures it is a real joy to clean up. This kitchen was formerly a dark paneled, cluttered, divided space with little natural light. By eliminating partitions and creating an open flo...More
“Sink and backsplash for sink” — Gretchen Syverson Hagin
Repurposing salvaged sink
Ideabooks40,282
Questions15
This salvaged kitchen sink was found awhile ago by the client who new she wanted to use it if ever she renovated. Integrated beautifully into the Danby marble countertop and backsplash with new fixtures it is a real joy to clean up. This kitchen was formerly a dark paneled, cluttered, divided space with little natural light. By eliminating partitions and creating an open flo...More
“Sink” — china2121
Kitchen transformation
Ideabooks35,214
Questions43
This kitchen was formerly a dark paneled, cluttered, and divided space with little natural light. By eliminating partitions and creating a more functional, open floorplan, as well as adding modern windows with traditional detailing, providing lovingly detailed built-ins for the clients extensive collection of beautiful dishes, and lightening up the color palette we were able t...More
“cream colored cabinets” — jjbauer444
Cozy Bedroom
Ideabooks4,431
Questions4
Fixing windows which were painted shut, repairing and painting the walls, reconfiguring the closet and adding a long built-in with drawers and shelves in the kneewall opposite the bed this bedroom became much cozier and more functional Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“bed in dormers” — Erica Robeen
Cozy bath
Ideabooks19,127
Questions9
By replumbing this old and leaky salvaged bathtub, as well as giving a thorough makeover to the room, transforming the modular shower into a fabulous new custom shower with skylight, a new built-in and integrated wainscoting, a new window and fresh paint this bathroom now elegantly serves all the clients bathing needs. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“Vintage ladder in bathroom” — ldhon
Transforming a modular shower into a fabulous custom shower with skylight
Ideabooks6,790
Questions3
This former modular shower was expanded by carving additonal space out of a storage space above the stairs and lifting the ceiling to allow the skylight. Antique Delft tiles collected over time by the client were integrated into the tile field and Danby marble serves as both the shelf and threshold. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis
“Shelf” — efantarella
Upper Stairhall makeover
Ideabooks5,076
Questions6
Fixing the leaky skylight, new lighting, a new built-in for linens and fresh paint give this upper stairhall a crisp makeover. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“well-placed skylight can be used to raise the ceiling height where it’s needed most. It also brigh” — apmcdaniel
Stunning laundry room, mud room & dog shower
Ideabooks62,375
Questions25
Moving the washer/dryer out of the kitchen into their own space was not a difficult decision. Meeting all of the programmatic requirements of this new room was a little trickier. Designing enough room to be able to wash the dogs and water houseplants, as well as folding laundry in a small space was solved by providing a removable countertop. When the counter is needed, the t...More
“awesome” — shaye10
Stunning laundry room, mud room & dog shower
Ideabooks7,947
Questions3
Moving the washer/dryer out of the kitchen into their own space was not a difficult decision. Meeting all of the programmatic requirements of this new room was a little trickier. Designing enough room to be able to wash the dogs and water houseplants, as well as folding laundry in a small space was solved by providing a removable countertop. When the counter is needed, the t...More
“Cabinets above w/d” — sallyjean711
Stunning laundry room, mud room & dog shower
Ideabooks6,052
Questions4
Moving the washer/dryer out of the kitchen into their own space was not a difficult decision. Meeting all of the programmatic requirements of this new room was a little trickier. Designing enough room to be able to wash the dogs and water houseplants, as well as folding laundry in a small space was solved by providing a removable countertop. When the counter is needed, the t...More
“countertop can be extended over the dog shower for extra folding space...” — Katherine Bass
Snug yet elegant powder room
Ideabooks45,055
Questions15
The high natural light behind the toilet as well as the frosted glass in the door help fill this small powder room with natural light. The built-in bookcase is carved out of the underside of the stairs. The small salvage sink, wallpaper, antique soap dish, and repurposed snowshoe as the mirror help make this snug room quite elegant. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photograp...More
“Storage” — drcjjacobson
A significant transformation
Ideabooks4,553
Questions0
The transformation shown here involve everything from regrading the back yard, so that water no longer drains into the basement, to creating terrific outdoors spaces and fencing off the traffic on the adjacent road. The stone retaining wall was built using reclaimed stone wallstones, and helps form one edge of the new brick and stone patio. The new rear porch connects the rea...More
“Patio” — mmhjohnson
A significant transformation
Ideabooks2,386
Questions3
The transformation shown here involve everything from regrading the back yard, so that water no longer drains into the basement, to creating terrific outdoors spaces and fencing off the traffic on the adjacent road. The stone retaining wall was built using reclaimed stone wallstones, and helps form one edge of the new brick and stone patio. The stone clump in the foreground c...More
“stone wall and porch?” — pattykras
Antique Cape, Norwich VT
Ideabooks2,668
Questions8
The laundry room door connects to the rear porch and inviting back yard beyond. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“window trim” — deborahrmason
Bedroom transformation
Ideabooks10,523
Questions5
Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“Can this lead into one kid room closets (adds structural interest). Wouldn't want a farm style like” — roslyn38
Great use for the upper floor of a garage
Ideabooks13,639
Questions7
This studio space above the garage serves the clients needs for her custom card making hobby. Utilizing the kneewalls we were able to carve out lots of great storage space with drawers and shelves. The sink is a salvage soapstone piece. The skylights provide both fresh air and help illuminate the space wonderfully during the day while the medium pear pendants from George Nel...More
“Attic door” — vmoler
A magnificent use of kneewalls
Ideabooks4,860
Questions8
This studio space serves the clients needs for her custom card making hobby. The drawers in this image are built-ins which get progressively deeper as they get closer to the floor, taking full advantage of the depth behind the kneewall. The bottom drawer is on full extension drawer slides and can pull out for 42" of useful depth! Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“Use of knee walls” — scottrunfarm
A significant transformation
Ideabooks3,577
Questions5
The transformation shown here involve everything from regrading the back yard, so that water no longer drains into the basement, to creating terrific outdoors spaces and fencing off the traffic on the adjacent road. The stone retaining wall was built using reclaimed stone wallstones, and helps form one edge of the new brick and stone patio. The new rear porch connects the rea...More
“love design” — hwfrank4
A sweet outdoor space
Ideabooks9,077
Questions3
The hammock in the trees provide a cool space for repose int this beautiful outdoor space. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“a little of everything” — martigrubb
Connecting spaces upstairs
Ideabooks24,785
Questions15
This exterior image shows how the original three-window shed dormer was extended to allow access to the upstairs addition. The carved out porch provides a beautiful connection to the newly renovated landscape. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“Black metal roof” — klothrop30
A significant transformation
Ideabooks10,780
Questions6
The transformation shown here involve everything from regrading the back yard, so that water no longer drains into the basement, to creating terrific outdoors spaces and fencing off the traffic on the adjacent road. The stone retaining wall was built using reclaimed stone wallstones, and helps form one edge of the new brick and stone patio. The new rear porch connects the rea...More
“spaces” — nicwatkins
Perfect Porch
Ideabooks3,088
Questions8
This porch works beautifully to connect this home with the newly transformed outdoor spaces. The wicker furnishings help provide the comfortable, timeless feel for this perfect porch. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“paint wicker furniture in light colours or wood tones mix up the colours” — Gabriel Dube
Connecting spaces upstairs
Ideabooks9,439
Questions10
This exterior image shows how the original three-window shed dormer was extended to allow access to the upstairs addition. The carved out porch provides a beautiful connection to the newly renovated landscape. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“love this backyard” — pattykras
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