ELIZABETH HERRMANN Architecture + Design is an award winning residential architecture firm based in Bristol, Vermont specializing in new, remodeling, and historic renovation projects. They design homes of character and distinction to fit the lifestyles, aspirations, and resources of diverse clients and their commitment is to design beautiful homes that function well, meet everyday needs, and have enduring quality, comfort, and style.
When an artist approached EH with the ambitious goal of creating a beautiful, tiny, energy-efficient house on a tight budget, EH was particularly interested in creating a home that was first and foremost a lovely place to be, with all the variety and interest of a much larger home. It had to feel spacious in spite of its size at 430ft² (40m²) plus loft, and never feel like a claustrophobic box.
All images by Jim Westphalen © ELIZABETH HERRMANN Architecture + Design/Micro House
The program was simple: a bathroom, sleeping area, kitchen, storage, dining/work table, living space that could double as guest sleeping and a sleeping loft. While open in plan, the living level was sculpted so that each of the different areas of use have definition and a sense of place, without being static or confining, and so that the house could comfortably accommodate visitors. Framed views help define interior spaces and give each “room” a distinctive focus with plenty of daylight and ventilation. The primary view at the heart of the house is Camel’s Hump, a Green Mountain peak, framed by a large, picture window.
EH’s Micro House received American Institute of Architects VT Citation for Excellence in Design in 2015 and won the Best Contemporary Project award in the 2016 Marvin Architects Challenge juried competition.
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