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January 2015
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Topic of the Month: A Mountainside Home in Vermont

Architectural Firm of the Month: Maclay Architects

Helpful Links for Architects     

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Maclay Architects is an architecture and planning firm located in Waitsfield, Vermont that specializes in environmental design. The firm is experienced in commercial, institutional, planning, historic preservation, multifamily and single family residential projects. All of their projects meet the highest levels of environmental performance. Many projects either are, or are anticipated to be, LEED Gold or Platinum rated projects as well as over 10 net zero projects.


Maclay Architects has received numerous awards for excellence in design and environmental innovation. This includes Vermont AIA, NESEA, Vermont Governors award for Environmental Excellence, Efficiency Vermont, and others. They are a professional corporation offering standard architectural services, feasibility and planning studies, space planning, historic preservation services, site assessments, environmental and permit consulting. 

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Not far from the Sugarbush Ski Resort in Warren, Vermont, there is single family home that was thoughtfully designed to be both luxurious as well as highly energy efficient.  The stunning mountainside residence was designed by William Maclay Architects, a leader in environmental design, and was inspired by the homeowner's desire for a house with a Modern Rustic aesthetic.  


The home, which is very sensitively designed within the surrounding landscape, is somewhat of a blend of prairie style architecture with a ski resort and log cabin, a perfect combination for Vermont. Prairie style architecture was made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright and has several characteristics such as low pitched horizontal roofs, an open floor plan and a central stone chimney. This home has these characteristics, as well as featuring the generous use of natural materials, which is another prairie style quality. For this home, tree trunks were harvested from the site and were used as columns for the timber frame structure. The beauty of the stripped tree trunks in their natural state is stark and inspired, and brings the reverence for nature into this family home.


It is clear that the architect and the homeowner were very aware of the site on which they were building. It is truly a green mountain home, sitting not on the western side of a mountain, but almost within it, becoming part of the mountain itself. The stones in the surrounding terrain were allowed to become part of the interior of the house. The land was not fully cleared before construction, but instead, was respected and used as part of the design. As a result, the landscape has become part of the house, and the house a part of the landscape.


One side of the house features large windows that look out over the mountain and has stunning, dramatic views to the east. The entrance leads directly onto the main floor with a great room, dining room, t.v. room, kitchen and office. The third floor houses the master bedroom suite and the lower levels contain guest bedrooms, a playroom and exercise room. It is truly the ultimate family home.


The house is extremely energy efficient with its spray foam insulation, triple paned windows and radiant floor heating, which is the most efficient way to insulate a house. In 2012, William Maclay Architects was the recipient of the Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN)'s  Going Green Award for  Achieving 39 kbtu/sf per year. Recipients of the Going Green Awards indicate energy use of at least 50% below regional averages, which is quite an achievement. The Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) is the Vermont Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). VGBN works with the building industry to achieve its vision that green building will be common practice in Vermont, contributing to a thriving local economy, a healthy environment, and a high quality of life in all communities. 


The team at William Maclay Architects worked hard to finish the client's dream home in November of 2009. The result was a truly magnificent structure that exists harmoniously within the surrounding environment.



Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 


Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
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Liz Benton, Editor 
Glacier Blue® Architectural Topics & News
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