Okay… so… living in rural Vermont and owning a 4WD Ford pickup is probably not a bad idea, but I am actually using it as a metaphor for a durable house. Read on…
This appealing house on a 3.7-acre lot in Underhill was created with a lot of thought given to a rural lifestyle and raising a family. While located within the village limits, its proximity to the country still offers the rural lifestyle many buyers seek.
Here are some reasons why this house demonstrates good solid thinking when building rural.
2. You can actually walk to the town post office, two stores, schools, the town rec area, and a pond. Not a bad thing when you have small children and need to get a couple of errands done or just to go for a walk!
But I digress. Back to the truck. Why is this house Ford tough? Well, there are several features that have kept this 30-year old home looking as fresh as it does.
- The owner, in designing it, realized he was going to be dealing with mountain weather, so he used T111 for siding. It is durable and to this day still looks new.
- Landscaping was done with the climate in mind, and shrubs and perennials were all chosen appropriately.
- The two-car garage is attached and enters on the lower level of the house, helping to keep the dirt out!
- There is a screened-in porch down on the lower level, with a hot tub just outside of it.
- The upstairs has a year-round sun-porch to take advantage of the southern exposure.
- A deck off of the kitchen/dinning area looks out over the yard and towards Mount Mansfield, so you’ll always know if there’s snow in the mountains!
- Every feature of the house was used to enjoy our four very distinct seasons and to accommodate harsh weather.
- Separate living spaces. The lower level has a full family room with a made-in-Vermont gas Hearthstone stove and egress through the screened porch to the hot tub and yard. There is a full bath and a bedroom as well as an additional room for woodworking, storage, or a billiard room. Upstairs has a formal living room, dining room, three bedrooms, two baths, a great four-season sun-room, a remodeled kitchen, and a fabulous open deck. So, when the kids are needing space away from the parents (or vice versa), the downstairs level offers plenty of getaway space. Also, it provides privacy for overnight guests.
The owner of this house chose this piece of land because of its location, and they he designed a house that would be well suited to those who understand that “Ford Tough” can be a very excellent thing!