every space tells a story. In this case, the main
characters are an American family living abroad. The
setting is their vacation home on 180 acres of forest and
mostly fallow pastures in rural Addison County, Vermont.
The plot involves their quest to turn this secluded former farm into a contemporary family retreat — a place to
relax and reconnect with their relatives, with each other,
and with the land.
Phil Culhane is an attorney who works in the Hong
Kong office of a Wall Street law firm. His wife, Amy Halv-erson, is also a lawyer who is taking time off to raise their
children: Maeve, 10, and Dechen, 5. She was born and
raised in Burlington, Vermont, and he has family scattered
along the East Coast, so when it came time to buy a home
in the United States where they could spend summers and
winter vacations, Vermont seemed a logical choice. “Our
kids are growing up in Hong Kong, the quintessential con-
an 18-foot curved glass sliding pocket
door opens the kitchen to the seaside
terrace. In the sweet spot by the sink, the
sensation is of being indoors and out at
the same time. The elliptical shape of the
room is reflected in the recessed ceiling,
inlaid floor, and island, and is reminiscent of a boat hull or surfboard.