One of my favorite kinds of houses are the new-old ones. You know, the ones that are built for today’s families but look like they’ve been a part of the community for decades (or centuries). I’m always excited to come across a builder who specializes in houses like that, and was nearly giddy when a reader told me about Connor Homes in Vermont.
This house plan is called the Emmaline Gabrielle Farmhouse, and I’m totally charmed by its yellow siding, shutters, and wraparound porch.
The Connor Homes website says the house was “designed to evoke the Federal era in its styling and proportions, but may be called a New England farmhouse due to the wrap around porches. New England farmhouses were often less ornamented than their in-town neighbors, but still contained stylistic elements such as decorated entries and rooflines with crown moulding.”
“For years the residential building community has recognized the efficiencies of offsite building technology, but those efficiencies often came at a sacrifice for the kind of quality usually reserved for the onsite custom builder.
“As a former onsite custom builder, Connor Homes has developed a manufacturing expertise that produces the high end architectural designs of our architectural design team, culminating in a home package that heretofore was thought unavailable or unaffordable.”
They point out on their website that there’s a long history of kit houses in this country: “House components were pre-cut and shipped from England to the American Colonies in the seventeenth century.”
THE AUGUSTINE PARKER HOUSE II
THE CALEB NICKERSON HOUSE
THE CHARLOTTE PRINDLE HOUSE
THE ELIZABETH BURGESS HOUSE
THE REBECCA LELAND FARMHOUSE
“In addition to pre-cutting some components, we also preassemble sections of wall that can easily be erected on site. We also cut and preassemble many of the important architectural elements such as entrances, cornices, returns, rake overhangs, etc., so that there will be no chance that these all-important elements will be misinterpreted or incorrectly applied at the job site.”
Hooked on New-Old Houses?