An Arizona architect took a historic pastoral type and redrew it for a new Vermont vacation home. It’s at once modernist and an homage to traditional vernacular building. To get away from it all and not have it all follow you… That was the ethos behind Paul Palandjian’s decision to buy a 210-acre farm in the rolling Green Mountains of Woodstock, Vermont. Palandjian, a former real estate developer from Boston, had been looking for some land to build a vacation home when he came across this picturesque estate farm while visiting friends in the area. Just over two hours’ drive from Boston, the property included a 200-year-old Cape Cod cottage, a rusting maple sugar shack, low dry-stone walls, a spring-fed pond and gnarled heritage apple trees. But it was the unspoiled simplicity of the land itself that sold him.
The sugar shack is still there, soon to be converted into a sauna in a retrofit that will leave its pleasantly ramshackle exterior intact. The outmoded old cottage, however, was ill-suited for a renovation that would meet the modern-day needs of Palandjian and his family. Besides, when he first saw the property, his plan was to build on a hill. Architect Rick Joy convinced him otherwise.