This Vermont Vacation Home has Swings in the Kitchen
December 22, 2023
Atop a mountain in Vermont, one family’s vacation home doubles as a playground for grown-ups.
Text by Kathryn O’Shea-Evans Photography by Elise Sinagra
More really is merrier for Gina Baran’s clients. Case in point: the Newburyport, Massachusetts-based designer recently installed enough bunks and bedrooms to sleep twenty-five in her clients’ newly built, barn-inspired getaway that crests a mountain in Vermont. That’s right, twenty-five. As in more folks than you’ll find on the
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“They’re both from Connecticut and grew up skiing a lot in Vermont,” Baran says. “Their goal was to build a vacation home where they could spend the holidays, inviting all their friends and family.”
The resulting lodge is certainly the type of place where you’d want to put your hiking boots up—and stay awhile. In three words? Elevated, approachable, and comfortable. “I envisioned a lot of Ralph Lauren mixed with straight lines and simplicity because the views outside really speak for themselves,” Baran notes. “I wanted the interior to complement the exterior, not deter from it or compete with it.”
It helped that Vermont itself was one of the home’s major muses. The structure was built using reclaimed barnwood that Ambrose Custom Builders salvaged from tumbledown barns all around the state. The marble, too, was locally quarried in Danby. “We wanted to instill and honor all of that but really take it up a notch and make it more for these times,” Baran says.
And of course, in any vacation house a sense of FUN—all caps—is a must, and that’s where the bunks came in. The builder hatched a plan to fill the catwalk’s cavernous space with enough bunks to sleep fourteen guests. “We wanted each one to be very cool with its own reading light and little drawer underneath—your own little cozy section, like you’re at sleepaway camp,” Baran explains. Adding to the vacationland feel: a trio of tufted swings that beckon in the kitchen, a thrill for all ages.