From Vermont B/A Magazine
In the fall of 2000, sculptor John Rubino and Cole Contracting’s Dan Cole began building Edward and Alice Grayson’s dream home, or what has come to be known as Stowe’s very own “Sculpture House”. Designed using sculptural formation as the house’s main component, the Sculpture House is the first residence of its kind in the Stowe area.
The building of the Sculpture House began in 2000 when Cole Contracting tore down most of the Grayson’s original residence to make way for the 5,000 sq. ft. addition. In 2001, the crew laid the new foundation and began construction. Demolition included, the entire project took a total of 19 months to complete.
The house is situated on an incline, most of it submerged below-grade with a basement that walks out onto the rear lawn. When approaching the front of the structure, the roof line is low enough reach out and touch. Its exterior walls are vertically sided with wide, natural- finished cedar planks, and its roof is finished with earthy brown shingles. e lower level of the house boasts 10- foot ceilings, with 22-foot high radial ceilings on the level above. It is said that upon entering the house, the incredible depth created by the harmony between sculpture and design is impacting. The inspiration for the Sculpture House design came from the Grayson’s love of cathedrals and historic train stations, which is evident in the ceiling structure and support systems throughout the house. e Graysons’ vision was made a reality thanks to the sculptural vision of John Rubino, the professional contracting of Dan Cole and Cole Contracting, and the quality materials and service provided by Morrisville Lumber. e result is a modern, open-air ski castle molded around a medley of uniquely crafted supports and railings, windows, and original Vermont accents. e organic materials and elements used to embellish the house include handmade cedar doors with natural finishes, granite countertops throughout the kitchen, bathrooms and spa, recycled Verde marble in the entryway, authentic Vermont cherry and maple wood flooring, and natural Vermont slate.
Ed Grayson chose John Rubino to design the Sculpture House because of their previous work experience together. He was con dent in Rubino’s abilities to create a sculptural masterpiece that could function as a comfortable home for him and his wife to live in. John Rubino was born in New York City. His mother, a gifted sculptor and painter, shared her love of the arts with John from the time of his childhood. Learning to weld at age 10, John spent his free time building and sculpting while his friends played ball. At age 15, he was showcasing works at Mari Galleries in New York. John graduated with honors from the University of Miami, and spent time studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. He is now a N.C.B.D.C. certified professional Building Designer, and works as a project manager and consultant in addition to his design work.
With Rubino’s expert design work and the hire of Cole Contracting, the Grayson’s were incredibly pleased with the entire process of building their new casa. “Building a 5,000 sq. ft. ‘addition’ to our Spruce Peak home with Dan Cole was one of the most pleasurable and memorable experiences we can recall. We received great value and superior workmanship, and he is very easy to work with,” said Ed and Alice.
A native Vermonter, Dan Cole first discovered his passion for building during his college years. He worked for many different types of commercial and residential companies gaining experience in structural concrete and steel, rebar, drywall and wooden structures. In 1985 Danny built his own Vermont home where he still resides today, and began his successful building and contracting company, Cole Contracting. Dan and his crew became known and trusted throughout Vermont for creating quality homes within budget constraints, in a timely and reliable fashion. During his early contracting years, Danny learned that the key to a successful project is working closely with Vermont’s best designers and architects. Today, the well-known New England building and contracting company takes on building projects of all types, ranging from home additions to restaurant renovations, and even shopping plazas.
The Grayson’s are not the only ones pleased with the overall experience and outcome of their residence. “Ed and Alice are the greatest, and John Rubino is a genius!” said Dan Cole in a recent interview. e creation of the Sculpture House was truly a success, thanks to collaboration between some truly amazing individuals.”