Ames Hill

a brand new Passive House in Southern Vermont

Ames Hill in VT Woods
Ames Hill in VT Woods

A new Passive Haus nestles into the colorful foliage of the woods in Vermont.

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Ames Hill Exterior
Ames Hill Exterior

The Ames Hill residence with hemlock siding and solar panels is lit from within as its inhabitants go about their evening.

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Ames Hill Window Seat
Ames Hill Window Seat

The window seat of the Ames Hill residence is a cozy sitting spot with pillows, binoculars, and plants, overlooking colorful fall foliage.

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Ames Hill in VT Woods
Ames Hill in VT Woods

A new Passive Haus nestles into the colorful foliage of the woods in Vermont.

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Project Location: Marlboro, VT
Builder: Mathes Hulme Builders

Project Management: HELM Construction Solutions

PHIUS Certifier: Chris Miksic of Montpelier Construction
Approx. SF: 1784
Project Type: New Construction
Standards/Certifications: Passive House
Project Timeline: 2018-2020

 

Project Story: 

Conceived in the summer of 2018, and started that fall, we raced to get a foundation designed and poured before the snow came to Ames Hill. We couldn't beat Mother Nature, but we used the winter of 2018-2019 to flesh out the design and get the building up to Passive standards per Passive House Institute of the United States (PHIUS) 2018. HELM Construction Solutions provided project management, finance advice, estimating, product selection, and budget wrangling powers. (Yes! All that!) 

 

During the building season of 2019 and the early portions of 2020, Mathes Hulme Builders brought this wonder to life, just beating the pandemic to get the owners installed to quarantine at (new) home. It was the first Passive House project for the collaborators, including studioWEBSTER, Mathes Hulme Builders, and HELM.) The owners poured heart, soul, and some long hours of sweat equity into this beauty.