Admiral Converse House Norwich VT

The Admiral Converse house, an elegant brick Federal residence on Main Street in Norwich Vermont, captured the imagination of a family with young children relocating to the US from London. The historic structure, largely intact with the exception of vintage1950’s bathroom suites & kitchen, had wonderful bones, curious details, and a magical garden.

The gracious original rooms were brought back to life with vibrant Georgian colors, bookcases and windowseats. The low-ceilinged dining room with beehive fireplace was dramatically altered with tinted plaster and the insertion of a contemporary stair with steel & cable railings, a precursor to the sleek modern kitchen/family room addition in a barn-like form extending out into the garden.

The soaring volume of the new “barn” is wrapped with a book-lined balcony and loft. A bright blue diner banquette and multicolored chandelier bring playful elements to the spare maple kitchen. A funky ships’ ladder, submarine-style bulkhead door, and yacht-inspired bathroom, are among the nautical details inspired by the original seafaring owner.

This project was featured in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine in December of 2010. The article entitled Home Stretch, focuses on how the new great room helped overcome design challenges.
Ship's ladder/stair from living room to loft
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“Stairway” — laurenwitt
Window seat/reading nook at end of stair hallway
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“Fun room.” — JAUREGUI Architect Builder
Cherry Staircase
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“Rail” — rochana
Stair detail with custom cable rails
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“Loft stairs” — forestlady
Upper Hall looking toward Loft/Study
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“Loft” — 1410house
Loft Hallway looking toward Sub door & below to kitchen
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“port door” — plumfit
Living room detail at fireplace, window seat and screen porch beyond
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“the windows” — fajatta1
Kitchen breakfast nook
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“Full cushion or only bottom cushion?” — jrollo
Breakfast nook to living room connection
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“Booth” — Llew Fogleman Jenkins
Kitchen Island
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“Windows” — cnicols1
Kitchen Island detail toward windows
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“cooktop on island with high divider between seating side” — Phil
From dining room toward living room
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“colors” — cheerfulwalker
Dining room showing bookcase under staircase
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“staircase” — barbphyl
Detail of kitchen toward corner window
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“kitchen with breakfast nook” — knirpsi
Ship's ladder/stair detail
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“guest house loft” — Peter Fish
Detail at Living Room and Loft Hall
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“Lights under loft. Built in seats w storage for extra space” — Michael Manahan
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