concrete floor that stores the warmth. Sixty solar panels provide electricity, and a geothermal
system runs two heat pumps from a 660-foot-deep well. Including the 12-inch-thick super-insulated walls, the house measures 3,625 square feet. Three daylight monitors — pop-ups
that introduce natural light into interior spaces — rise through a “green” roof lush with sedum.
Granville, Vermont, mason Mike Eramo harvested and worked the stone that forms the
house’s foundation, some exterior walls and interior columns, and an enormous fireplace wall.
“It took three men four months to gather that stone,” he says. “We hauled 400 truckloads off
that mountain, and we ID’d stone as we harvested. When we found really nice pieces, we handled them with care so that their patina stayed intact.”
One such piece is the slab of schist (metamorphic rock with a flat, sheetlike grain) that
forms the massive lintel above the fireplace. In the interest of energy conservation, instead of
traditional folding doors, Eramo installed pocket doors to close off the firebox. Built by blacksmith James Fecteau of Huntington River Smithy in Huntington, Vermont, they not only provide a tighter seal, says Eramo, “they are not awkward and not in the way, like the traditional
fireplace folding doors.” Fecteau also created the metal railings that line the stone dam abutment, now used as a dramatic viewing platform.
The interior follows Wright’s dictum that bedrooms should be small and public spaces
large. With drama and natural beauty provided by sunlight, stonework, and Douglas fir timbers, the decor was developed by New York-area interior designer Lori Weatherly, who had
the frame of the guest-room bed
(facing page, top) was built for Peacock
by famed modernist artist Sol Le Witt. In
the master bathroom (facing page,
bottom), a custom vanity holds a vessel
sink; oversize subway tiles line the walls.
The bunk room (above) has clerestory
windows that add height and bring in
natural light. The room accommodates
guests in stepped bunks, with a queensize bed at the top.