The 2015 Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence in Marketing and Home Design, presented by the BSC and Log Homes Council
Winner: Modular Home Design Under 2,001 - 3,000 Square Feet
These particular home owners were looking for a way to build their dream ski cabin in a quick and efficient way and with enough time left to enjoy a portion of the ski season. To achieve their desires, the couple chose to go with modular building systems. Set in the mountains of Killington, Vermont, this custom ski retreat delivers 2,400 square feet of living space between the first floor and upper level. The customers chose to incorporate several eclectic custom finishes and building products in the home. The outdoors were brought in with massive chalet-style windows and additional windows throughout each room of the home, allowing for plenty of light and majestic views from their perch atop the mountain. Inside the home many rustic finishes were used, including massive wooden beams, uniquely shaped solid surface countertops and a custom stone fireplace. This retreat is a true testament to the versatility offered by building systems.
The home's exterior offers two unique facades. The elevation on the street side is reminiscent of a traditional New England salt box, while the lawn side is all ski chalet.
The welcoming entryway sets the stage for this comfortable, inviting home, leading to the warm, rich wood tones of the great room, the small but highly functional kitchen and ultimately to the loft landing at the top of the stairs.
The home's private retreats, such as the master bedroom and bath, are just as well appointed as the public spaces, boasting ample storage spaces and exceptional natural light.
The structure of this home is inherently green, due to Ritz-Craft's construction process and awareness of the impact that building a home can have on the environment. To that end, Ritz-Craft works to recycle scrap pieces of wood and drywall by using them to reinforce certain areas of the home, such as where cabinets will be hung. Also, a majority of the lumber used arrives at the production facility pre-cut, which reduces waste. Furthermore, during the construction of this home. the HVAC boots were sealed to the floor to help eliminate air leakage; for extra-tight framing, walls are set in place with nails and then screws; fire stop was used at all framing penetrations and helps make the home more airtight; gaskets were used on all exterior wall electrical boxes for added insulation and reduced drafts and Vycor door and window flashing was used to seal against water and air infiltration.