We love vernacular architecture, which is why the Foote Farm House in Vermont struck a particularly warm chord. Designed by eco-sensitive design firm McLeod Kredell Architects, the little red house manages to blend in with the region's historic style while still retaining a distinctive, modern and decidedly green bent.
Constructed on an east-west axis in Vermont’s verdant Champlain Valley, the Foote Farm House was commissioned by a professional couple who wanted a home office and a strong connection to the natural landscape. This is achieved with a bridge-like design that connects a meadow on the east side with a private, wooded area in the west. The north side opens up to the sun in order to maximize solar gain – especially during chilly winter months.
The home has a very compact footprint of 1,200 square feet, which the designers expanded with a cozy loft space. The interior is awash in natural light and it appears that the water is heated with a rooftop solar panel. A continuous, striking red-colored skin cuts down material use, while glazed openings maximize energy efficiency. If you love the little red farm house with a green heart, check out this lovely green-roofed home by the same designers.
Via Arch Daily
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