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November 12, 2020

Currently under construction, Peak Sanctuary will soon become a place of peace, rest, and relaxation. Our client asked CDG to create a new home on their property to allow them to pass their current home to the next generation who will fill it with the joyful activity of children and family.

Milford Cushman and Kelley Osgood jumped at the opportunity to design a contemporary take on a barn with a strong emphasis on natural day lighting. The new home is sited uphill from the current residence, with a tremendous view looking across Vermont's countryside toward Mount Mansfield. A stone entry patio will connect  to a spacious two-level view side

"Peak Sanctuary" is a jewel of a project that has emerged from collaboration with thoughtful and highly engaged clients, their interior designer, general contractor Michael Baumann, and highly skilled tradespeople.

General Contractor: Michael Baumann
Landscape Contractor: Bruce Paine





Two designers create their own home

Moving closer, or remaining close, to friends and family is a recurring desire for many clients. Milford Cushman, CDG Founder/President , and Terri Gregory, Interior Design Specialist, recently sold their home of nearly 30 years to build a new economical and accessible home on a wooded lot not far from where they have lived for much of their life together. 

Their intention with the property is to create a home that is livable primarily on one level, and able to be made fully accessible on all levels if desired. The articulated floor plan connects two garage bays, small studio and shop spaces, and the main volume of the house containing the living room, dining room, kitchen, primary bedroom, and future screened porch. The house faces South on the gently sloping site to bring daylight deep into the 16' wide main volume in the middle of Vermont's tranquil winter. The home prioritizes intuitive, organic and incredibly functional spaces combined with simple stylistic elements hints of a mid-century modern American home.

With plans to develop just 2.5ac of the 17.5ac lot to minimize disturbance to the site. Many of the long-lived mixed hardwood and softwood trees will remain, including Milford and Terri's favorite tree: a yellow birch with golden curly bark. The surrounding trees are complementary elements that informed the building's location. Milford and Terri wish is to become stewards of the land, enjoying their time admiring and preserving the streams and beaver ponds found within landscape surrounding their new home.

Photo Credits: Jesse Schloff Photography


Through the incredible efforts of the Albany Community Trust, the town of Albany Vermont's only store is being revived after a 2013 fire.  We are proud to proud to be part of this project along with Kingdom Construction and Peters General Contracting, helping to revitalize the center of this community.

The closed Albany Store after the 2013 fire

Schematic sketch of the proposed deli counter by David Koschak, CDG Designer

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