« Go Back Designed by: Smith & Robertson | 2005 | Esmont, VA
Conceived as a cottage with the integrity of old English structures, this Timberpeg hybrid home employs the "not so big" philosophy, yet has all the luxuries and amenities of a top notch custom home. The artist owner described her vision of a "Hansel and Gretel" cottage, and Smith & Robertson listened. The result is is award-winning collaboration.
This irresistible home was published in Timber Home Living in the Homes We Love issue; click here to see the story, "Cottage Days". This residence has also graced the cover of North Bay Living covers and garnered several awards, among them a 2006 Cornerstone Gold Award given by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of N.H.
The authentic stucco and stone exterior is trimmed with natural cedar stained to have an aged appearance. The pine timberframe is stained in a warm fruitwood color and the rough textured plaster walls between the frame have a glazed finish. To stay with the “not so big” philosophy, the dining room does double duty as the library, coined the “libing room” by the owner. The open kitchen features a stone topped island and opens to the “libing room” by way of a niched segmented archway.
I was attracted to timber frame because there was something old and English about the exposed frame. Not rustic, but medieval looking . . . but I had never been in one.
When Jeannine's eye caught an ad in a local magazine picturing the look she was searching for, she headed right over to East High and walked into the Smith & Robertson office. John and Jeannine Regan never talked to another builder.
"Glenn Robertson worked really hard to make sure he understood our vision … so it would become his." Jeannine wanted rounded corners, walls like old plaster, and for the house to look like it had been there a long, long time. After studying their site, Ron Smith assured Jeannine and John that he could sculpture the land so the house would be "grounded".
The Regan's had been on a horse farm for over 20 years. They had to find land, clear and plant pasture, build a barn/move the animals, and close on their farm before they could start. In addition, there was a log cabin on the property that needed plumbing, electricity etc, so they could live there during the time the house was being built. The task of doing all this was daunting. "The easiest part was building the house; the hardest part was making the decision to sell, move and start from scratch," says John.
Jeannine has the idea. John makes it happen. "We're at our best when we're working on a project together," says Jeannine, glancing in John's direction. John admits to giving Jeannine, a watercolor artist at the McGuffey Art Center, free reign in the aesthetics, "but there are things I wanted well thought out, such as infrastructure, insulation and all the things that disappear into the ground or behind the walls as the house goes up."
It was Glenn's integrity and his ability to communicate with Jeannine that sold John on Smith & Robertson. But he still followed through with the references. He almost questioned how positive all the former clients were about their building experience. Now he understands.
This house is truly a work of art, but bottom line, says John, "I had a solid sense of trust in the integrity and personal commitment of Ron and Glenn."