Category Archives: Projects

Renovation at American Flatbread

 

New bar area at American Flatbread in Middlebury
New bar area at American Flatbread in Middlebury

 

American Flatbread opened its Middlebury bakery and restaurant in the Marble Works District, in 2002. This spring, Stark Mountain helped the owners undertake a significant renovation to reconfigure the entrance area and expand the bar.

 

Bar top made of locally-sourced hardwoods
Bar tops made of locally-sourced hardwoods

 

The new U-shaped bar seats 18. It has a 2¼” solid wood top made from locally sourced woods including cherry, beech, hickory, white oak, quilted maple and some very old Vermont walnut. On the face of the bar we used Valchromat to make the frames that surround panels of smooth-sanded, reclaimed barn board. LED down lighting illuminates the panels and gives the bar a welcoming glow.

 

The soffit mimics steel framework located nearby and features backlit 3Form light diffusing panels.
The soffit mimics steel framework located nearby and features backlit 3Form panels.

 

Above the bar is a lighted soffit, designed to help define the area and provide more intimate lighting. The soffit was built to mimic the steel framework found throughout the space. It is illuminated by backlit 3Form panels. We also designed 11 pendant lights that are suspended from the soffit. They were made with Valchromat and light diffusing panels from 3Form. The new host station also has a back-lit panel from 3Form.

 

Pendant lights are made of Valchromat with LED strips and 3-Form panels.
Valchromat pendant lights with LED strips and 3Form inserts.

 

Room divider made from recycled barnboard with Valchromat barn sash.
Room divider made from recycled barnboard with Valchromat barn sash.

 

By expanding the bar area, American Flatbread has been able to double their offering of local beers and will soon be offering a full range of local spirits.  A popular local restaurant reimagined.

 

New host station with backlit 3Form panel in front.
New host station with backlit 3Form panel in front.

Maple Ceiling Roundel for the University of Vermont

A recent 1,900 square feet addition to the workshop enabled the assembly of a very large maple ceiling roundel for a new fireplace alcove at the University of Vermont. The roundel is above a fireplace, and the chimney goes up through the middle. What started out as an interesting drawing:

 

UVM-MATceiling

 

 

ImageBecame a large framework.

 

Image-21The framework was stained black and then maple panels, finished with a clear lacquer finish, were inserted, with spacers between.

 

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Installation at UVM.

 

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UVM Roundel

The finished roundel.

 

The Lobby, Middlebury, Vermont

The recent extensive renovation of this downtown Middlebury restaurant, now named The Lobby and owned by chef/owner Michel Mahr, was accomplished by working with designer Rebecca Duffy. The unusual building is located on the banks of Otter Creek, just upstream from the falls. It was originally designed by architect John Anderson to resemble a cruise ship on the river.

 

The primary wood used for the cabinetry was white oak, stained dark. One of the most dramatic features of the renovation is the new front and back bar. The front bar is twenty-five feet long overall, built completely of white oak, with a two-foot wide top surface covered in zinc. The back bar consists of built-in open shelves for displaying liquor bottles and glasses.

 

The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontThe Lobby’s front and back bar.

 

The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontBottles in the half mirrored doors on the tall upper shelves are lit by LED lights and are reached by a purpose-built library ladder on a curved track (top photo, far right side).

 

The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontWhite oak bench and table tops.

 

The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontWhite oak booths and table tops.

 

The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontA cozy nook.

 

The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontAn antique wash stand retrofitted into a server station with zinc counter and faucet.