Carolyn Bates

Energy-Efficient Makeover for a Vermont Farmhouse

“After I bought this house in 2011, I panicked,” admits Jan Blomstrann. As chairwoman and CEO of Renewable NRG Systems, she knew that her home had to be energy efficient. (“We make support tools for the wind and solar energy industries,” she explains.) The house she’d fallen for was a drafty folk Queen Anne built […]




Federal Farmhouse Restored in Colonial Revival Style

They’d purchased not only a house and a farm, but also an important piece of Vermont history—though that wasn’t why Andrea Forrest Brock and her husband, Randy, bought Rockledge Farm in 1986. “Randy was commuting [from Vermont] to Boston then, and we frequently got snowed in,” Andrea says. “We had to move to a road […]




Massachusetts Farmhouse

Rita Shepard had been looking for years for an old house in her childhood summer haven of Marblehead, Massachusetts, but could not find a farmhouse she was truly happy with.



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