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
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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
“Pedestal” — Stacey Edwards
Cozy Living Room
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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
“bookshelves” — 1ladybrown
Stair update
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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
“Character of bookshelves in stairway” — annestus
Exterior
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Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“multiple shed dormers vs single large shed” — lillibethrose
Kitchen Transformation
Ideabooks80,878
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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
“glass front wall cabinet to counter with drawers” — kwds
Turning found objects into art and using space wisely
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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
“Steps” — acadaret
Turning found objects into art and using space wisely
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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
“Window at stairs” — tamgirl999
Kitchen Transformation
Ideabooks14,670
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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
“Cabinets sink” — mtbluetick
Repurposing a salvaged sink
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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, window” — lisayama
Repurposing salvaged sink
Ideabooks31,735
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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
“i love this sink... so big though” — lindseybello
Kitchen transformation
Ideabooks26,673
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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
“sink” — MacKenzie Hall
Cozy Bedroom
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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 next to window?” — Dan Chen
Cozy bath
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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
“Cute and homey touches” — hwken
Transforming a modular shower into a fabulous custom shower with skylight
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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
“Love the skylight. Hate the tile.” — Sidney Skerlak
Upper Stairhall makeover
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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
“stairwell” — karisma333
Stunning laundry room, mud room & dog shower
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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
“Laundry. & mud room w/ dog bath” — ajstavig
Stunning laundry room, mud room & dog shower
Ideabooks7,135
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
“Dog Bath” — Carolyn Klein I Real Estate Broker
Stunning laundry room, mud room & dog shower
Ideabooks5,431
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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
“Cleaning area” — jenniferom
Snug yet elegant powder room
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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
“sink” — rosarioeve02
A significant transformation
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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
“backyard” — Christina Ducruet
A significant transformation
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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
“rustic not poured concrete” — lelanl
Antique Cape, Norwich VT
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The laundry room door connects to the rear porch and inviting back yard beyond. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“Trim” — EMW Architecture
Bedroom transformation
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Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“Door and rom” — gray01fox
Great use for the upper floor of a garage
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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
“Door” — Sandy Miracle
A magnificent use of kneewalls
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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
“kneewall” — markadawn
A significant transformation
Ideabooks2,650
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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
“Porch off the laundry room?” — brooklynnlowe
A sweet outdoor space
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The hammock in the trees provide a cool space for repose int this beautiful outdoor space. Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography
“Exterior, porch” — peeptoad
Connecting spaces upstairs
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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
“simple small house can still be nice” — pgrover75
A significant transformation
Ideabooks8,844
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
“Brick pavers” — rebeccazzzzzzz
Perfect Porch
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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
“good for small house” — andrewzambratto
Connecting spaces upstairs
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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
“The way the space above garage meets the main roof” — ellavan
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