I love a small house that has been thoughtfully designed, and this “petite antique classic country Cape” in Vermont is a perfect example.
It was built in the 1820s and needed a lot of work when the architectural firm Smith & Vansant was hired to update it: “The size of the original building was very small, so everything we did needed to respect that scale.”
They made smart use of every corner, niche, and inch of space. Take a look!
A Small Country Cape in Vermont
“The house is quite small by today’s standards,” says Pi Smith, the project architect.
This is a house for readers, with built-in bookshelves tucked into almost every room. They wanted to use “every conceivable nook & cranny as creatively as possible for storage.”
The client had been dreaming of a kitchen renovation for the first 15 years she lived here.
She requested a “sunlit, eat-in farmhouse kitchen that would be the center of the house.”
This is what the kitchen used to look like (below):
According to Houzz:
While she waited, she filled her barn with collections in anticipation of the day they would rebuild, storing vintage plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, cabinet hardware and antique tiles, among other things.”
The renovation began with the kitchen, and the kitchen began with this oversized salvaged sink, which had been waiting in the barn for years for its moment in the sun.
For more photos and information, visit Houzz and the Smith & Vansant website.
Photography by Rob Karosis; GC Ludwig Leskovar.