Vermont Custom Builders of Barns & Homes


More and more, the Vacation Homes and Country Retreats that we build result in so much more. Thirsting for a quiet pace and lush greenery, our customers enjoy their homes full-time as soon as life allows. Unlike temporary visitors to our state who enjoy our natural amenities and leave, owners of our Vacation Homes and Country Retreats love and appreciate all that we have here. As builders, we're aware that our customers may have different needs and uses for their homes in the future, and these are concerns that we address in the planning stages.

Seeking refuge from the storm (literally, as Ed and Kim reside in Southern Florida) they decided to build after their first visit to Vermont. By choosing low maintenance, pre-stained vertical siding and standing seam roofing, more time is available for relaxing on the patio that overlooks the babbling brook. Kim's artistic perspective added interesting tile work on the gas fireplaces, stained glass in the cabinets and varying shades of paint colors. The antiqued, engineered wood floors are installed above the efficient radiant heat that runs throughout.

We received raves from the architect as we tackled the challenging roof system one very long winter as well as appreciation from the homeowner dealing long distance with numerous decisions and details. Architects Letter

Another View | Interior
Fireplace | Stained Glass

Retreats Wardsboro
Choosing a two-bedroom adaptation of the Chalet homes on this page, Mike and Joyce also requested that we screen in the porch; now they are able to enjoy all the days of summer. With warm pine used on the floors, stairs, ceiling and trim this house is a very attractive and welcoming home. Boards in a v-pattern rise above the rustic stone fireplace to the full height of the open cathedral ceiling in the living room. The triangular windows and patio doors off the deck shower light on the dining and living areas making this a perfect early-retirement home for these former corporate workers.
Interior | Kitchen

Pete and Carolyn transformed our 20' x 24' One Car Barn into a uniquely livable Vermont hideaway. The walls and ceilings are dressed with pine while the dormer at the rear enlarges the master bedroom loft dramatically. The tractor was left outside leaving room for their yellow lab and an occasional guest. The favorite sitting spot, however, is outside on the full-length porch overlooking the pond and drinking in the smells and sounds of the surrounding woods.


Retreats Windham
In the summer the porch and deck offer viewing of the wetlands below and occasional critters while the winter months inside are warmed by a cast iron woodstove. Reliving his days as a young boy coming up to Vermont George had dreamed of this, and now this rustically-decorated log home shares happy times with three generations. A log rail adorns the stairs and the interior walls are pine-paneled throughout. To increase the square footage and create a "kid's space" the owners finished off the basement level. Anointed the "Cozy Cabin" for obvious reasons, the drive from down country is never fast enough for these fans.

Under Construction | Walk-out Basement

Contemporary Chalet with Walk-Out Basement
A massive stone-faced chimney, oversize glass doors and windows, and a cathedral ceiling throughout make this an impressive home. The loft distinctly separates the master suite from the rest of the home and overlooks the open living area. Usable square footage is dramatically increased with the fully utilized basement level and timber-frame studio atop the 3-bay garage. The wrap-around deck provides ample space to view the mountains, relax in the sun, and remove yourself from the world below.

Interior View | Cedar Bathroom
Post & Beam Studio (Ludlow)
Contemporary Chalet

Updated Cape Updated Cape
The large gable dormer, groups of casement windows, and handsome cedar siding are most apparent as you approach this present-day cape. The interior features modified post-and-beam construction with a beamed first floor ceiling and upright posts. Natural wood trim complements the beams and contrasts with the sheetrock. Wide pine flooring nailed with old fashioned square-cut nails round out the rustic look for this fine home.

Beamed Ceiling | Brick Fireplace

Chalet in the Woods
A far cry from European chalets, this home with cedar clapboard siding, a stone chimney and deck overlooking the pond, has a fresh and new appeal. Pine boards face the entire cathedral ceiling giving it great visual interest and charm and hard pine floor boards run throughout the home. More wood is featured in the first floor beamed ceiling, loft wall, and square spindle rail and stairs. The sheetrock walls offer a contrasting effect resulting in a warm and inviting home.

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Chalet in the Woods  •  107 Quiet Acres Road  •  Manchester VT 05255  •  802-367-3021     Follow us on Facebook

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