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sity–trained architect, has built her practice around historic preservation and sustainable design, while Furtsch and his company, Bald
Hill Builders Inc. in Lincoln, Vermont, specialize in buying old properties and renovating them as high-end rentals.
To start, Heaton developed a design for a single-family home with
three levels, three bedrooms, and a two-car garage. The scheme was
guided by the post-and-beam frame, which dictated the placement of
most of the living spaces and windows. She also focused on two key
design features: the expansive view looking west to the Adirondack
Mountains, and the original wide-plank wooden floorboards that the
couple wanted to save.
Meanwhile, Furtsch hired crews to lift the building and pour a new
foundation, resiting the barn 15 feet farther away from busy Route 7. He
also salvaged as much as he could, using wire brushes to hand-scrape
the faded whitewash from the old wood paneling and preserving the
slate roof and sliding barn doors.
On the first floor, eight original barn bays — four on each side of a
heaton designed the kitchen to be simple and uncluttered. Tall cabinets are
grouped at each end of the slate-topped counters, and a skip-sheathed walk-in
pantry at the back of the room (at far left in photo) provides ample storage for
“the things you don’t want to see,” she says.