Lance Ballard Builders, Inc.

Post & Beam Home Construction • Custom Cabinetry


CUSTOM HOME GALLERIES - Swiss Chalet, Central VT

Lance Ballard was the GC/building contractor in charge of the renovation of a Swiss Chalet, originally built in the 1950’s, in Central VT. The extensive renovation included complete retrofit of all mechanicals, insulation, and windows and doors throughout. The original framing of the roof system and the slate roof were left intact due to their good condition. Complete chimney renovations were done by taking them down to the roof and rebuilding. New stucco was applied on the outside. Custom iron work was completed by a local artisan, including the third floor balcony to match the original window grating on the east side first floor, a rebuild of the original exterior light fixtures and additional ones where needed, and rebuilding of the original door hardware made in Austria, which included hinges and lock sets.

The interior was designed by a designer from Beverly Hills, CA. Extensive cabinetwork was completed by cabinetmakers in White River Junction and New York, and the entire first floor finish was made of old bricks from mill buildings in Chicago, that were then re-sawn into thin pavers installed over a radiant heat system. Tile and bathroom fixtures were provided by Gilberte’s of Hanover, NH. Antique beams were installed as rafters on the second floor to mimic the original antique beams on the first floor. The porch across the front of the building is comprised of a new post and beam framework. Exterior landscaping was designed by a local landscape architect and includes a saltwater hot tub, a fountain, a fire-pit, an outdoor kitchen, and landscape lighting throughout.