Luxury Rural Home In The Woods

On a rural hillside property encircled by fern-carpeted woods with breathtaking Green Mountain views, owners of the Elemental House envisioned a home enveloped by nature where they could relax with family and friends

The Elemental House is a luxury home with beautiful finishes & architecture located deep in the woods of Fayston, Vermont designed by ELIZABETH HERRMANN Architecture + Design.

Photo: Lindsay Selin Photography

Photo: Lindsay Selin Photography

The owners married in Vermont and returned each summer, lengthening their stay as their family grew. After renting homes for years, they decided to build a house of their own so they could spend more time in the landscape they love.

The house design and landscaping would be low-maintenance and unfussy. Our approach was to employ elemental architectural forms amid a lightly edited landscape. Two gabled volumes clad in charred and stained--almost black siding wedge into the slope while a third volume nestles uphill to form an L-shaped plan linked by a glassy entry node. We located the house at woods’ edge where the varied terrain, long views and dense woods could all be appreciated, and fully integrated into the design.


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Photo: Lindsay Selin Photography

"Inspired by the variability of the land and forest, we used shifting geometry to give the house a dynamic, natural feel. There is also a bit of mystery: by composing spaces with offset geometries to give hints of what’s beyond"

Taking cues from “random patterns” and movement in the landscape, the palette throughout is textural and tonal highlighting the natural beauty and irregular imperfections of wood, handmade tile, blackened steel, concrete, and stone. Offset steel stairs connecting three levels are the interior centerpiece whose rod balusters similarly play on the beauty of imperfection—the irregular rail spacing evokes serene, gentle movement.

Photo: Lindsay Selin Photography

You can learn more about Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design here, and to see more check out the video below.