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Inside an exclusive rural Vermont retreat

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The rural Vermont home on the shores of Lake Champlain purchased by a husband and wife moving from Manhattan. The parcel of land was carved out of a former Vanderbilt family estate.

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In the entrance hall, three 15-foot long fixtures are recessed into the ceiling. The effect is of glittering stars.

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Throughout the house, the designers used limestone and exotic woods as they would in the city, but some finishes, such as fossil stone on the countertops, are more suited to the countryside.

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Dramatic lighting plays a part in all areas of the home.

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The designers reconfigured the layout and opened up the rooms. The result is a house that is modernist in approach.

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One of the owner's favourite rooms is the potting room, where reclaimed barn boards from the property were combined with stainless steel to make a work bench. A unique focal point for the room is an antique wooden vessel that the owner uses for mixing garden soil.

Susan Teare

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Mr. McClelland says homeowners need to spend more on the workmanship needed to carry off designs. 'It's not the finishes that make it expensive, it's the work.'

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The rigorous design planning meant being able to refer to a 300-page set of drawings to ensure, for example, that plumbing for a wall-mounted bathroom faucet was installed precisely six inches from centre to compensate for the same depth of millwork that would line one wall.

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The master bathroom.

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The pool and gym.

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