Energy Star, Neighborhood Farmhouse
We started building this 5+ Energy Star house in the fall of 2009 and completed it in the late winter of 2010. Built for a family of four near downtown Shelburne, Vermont, it is about 2400 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a large 2 story mudroom with sky lights that links the main house to both floors of the 2 car garage. The mudroom contains a laundry facility, large closet and room for built-in benches.
There is also a full basement and study. This house has room to grow, including a huge 675 square foot space above the garage that can be finished and another 550 square feet of basement space that has radiant floor heat in the slab already (finished in the spring of 2014). Radiant heat was installed on the first floor, with baseboard on the second floor. A beautiful wood burning built-in stove was installed in the living room with a unique one piece limestone facing. The wood stove heats the entire downstairs comfortably. The floors and cabinets are all red birch and counter-tops granite. Cellulose was used to insulate the house and, as we always do, an air exchange/heat recovery system was installed. Custom tile work was done in the master bathroom steam shower, all the bathroom floors and mudroom.
The master bedroom suite is quite spacious with a full cathedral ceiling, walk in closets and spacious bathroom. The outside decks and porches all feature Brazilian Paulope with tongue and groove pine ceilings. Cost was about $162.00 per square foot (2009) not including blasting and excavation to build the house. This does not include design work, land and permits.