Connecting spaces upstairsFarmhouse Exterior, Burlington
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
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Asphalt and slate are great, but there's nothing like the pitter-patter of raindrops on a tin roof. The darker colors look fabulous on white clapboard houses but can pose an energy problem when it comes to summer air conditioning. We love how Smith & Vansant turned the perceived problem into an advantage by adding solar panels, making this house gorgeously white and green.
It's hard to believe that the stone walls were newly built. They are composed of stones from reclaimed walls.