149 Paus Lane Hyde Park, Vermont : ‘Raven Beach’
From the minute you drive up the winding driveway to acclaimed architectural designer Milford Cushman’s & interior designer Terri Gregory’s elegantly handcrafted home – known as Raven Beach you will feel the craftsmanship, and experience the vision that makes this property unlike any other on the market today…
Nestled thoughtfully into its lush 10.7 acre landscape and the property’s rich, lovingly-maintained, red pine forest in Hyde Park, just 11 miles from Stowe. The 3-bedroom main residence was completely rebuilt in 2012 – everything, from the galvanized roof to the red-oak flooring and eastern white pine siding (all locally milled) to custom cabinetry that was chosen to reflect the owners’ love of natural materials and their commitment to the environment, and received 1st place in Fine Homebuilding’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Thanks to the home’s energy retrofit, it achieved a 5 Star Plus Energy Star rating. Every inch of this classic contemporary 2,300 sq. ft. home, from its expansive great room to an elegant master suite, to its spacious, relaxing screened-in porch, bears the creative stamp of this talented design couple. As part of the retrofit, the existing truss roof has been reinsulated using spray foam insulation at the eaves and 20” of cellulose insulation throughout. Exterior walls are now a 12” thick, double 2×4 wall assembly with dense pack cellulose insulation and where interior space was at a premium, existing exterior walls have been completely reinsulated using dense pack cellulose or spray foam. Windows have been replaced with highly energy efficient, triple-pane, fiberglass framed units manufactured by Inline. Air sealing the entire building has been done meticulously throughout in order to assure the least amount of air infiltration possible. A high efficiency heat recovery ventilator (HRV) system has been installed to provide fresh air – a must when building such a tight exterior envelope. The entire house has been re-sided after the installation of a drainage plane. Choices have been made to use local, environmentally friendly products from the local pine siding to the concrete countertops. The project has achieved a 5 Star Plus Energy Star rating and a HERS Index rating of 48.
In addition to this award-winning house, the property also includes four outbuildings that include a 2-car garage, an artist’s studio, a gear house and a canoe/kayak shed. The forested lot also features expansive mature gardens that open onto classically Vermont, mountain views of the Worcester Range.
About the Owners
Milford Cushman & Terri Gregory
Milford Cushman likes to think of his architectural design firm, Cushman Design Group, as a jazz band. “Everyone has to play his or her own instrument, and they need to be able to play with each other,” he says.
“We take all that energy and make something unique from it.” Cushman inspires the other players — designers, builders, and clients — by his example, then gives each one the opportunity to contribute his or her own ideas. “I like to help people have beauty and meaning in their lives,” Cushman says. “That’s all I’m doing.”
Cushman, who founded his Stowe, Vermont, firm in 1989, started out as an educator — a YMCA counselor, a high school manual arts teacher, and an Outward Bound wilderness instructor. Having developed unusual powers of observation as a child, he found he could recognize and empathize with students who had a thirst for knowledge. It still brings him joy to help curious people realize their potential.
Terri trained as a studio potter in North Carolina in the early 70’s and during her career as a professional potter she built up an original repertoire of unique glaze formulas, which she labeled and organized so they could be reproduced. In 2005 those same skills helped as she began assisting Milford Cushman creating custom colors for clients. Detail and result oriented, Terri also helps organize and manage specification details for project’s interior components, serving as a link between clients and contractors.
149 Paus Lane Hyde Park, Vermont Property Information
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