“Bluetime” is the winter twilight time when I am in my office working hard or going for a snowshoe after work and the world here in Vermont turns a quiet and luminescent blue before it gets dark. This is an especially focusing and productive time of day for me when I begin my transition from work to family.

Bluetime Collaborative represents the evolution of my firm Robert Swinburne – Architect LLC. Bluetime Collaborative reflects a shift toward a more integrated and holistic approach to design and construction where all collaborators are involved with all aspects of a project from start to finish. The result is a higher quality project with a greater degree of control over all aspects of construction for clients, architects and builders.

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Greenfield House project update

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I spent part of Sunday painting at the Greenfield project with the builder Chad of Vermont Natural Homes. The all white primer that drywallers left us with was rather intense in the bright winter sun. The main bedroom upstairs which faces south was almost too bright to tolerate. It was…

New and Improved plan set structure

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I’m trying out something new: a smaller scale simplified plan with all major reference information on the front cover so the contractor has one place to find all sections, details and locate windows and doors. The floor plan gets broken into three 1/2″ scale sheets later in the set. I…

Hemlock siding Vermont Modern Robert Swinburne architect

Hemlock – Open Gap Rain Screen Siding

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My use of eastern hemlock as a siding material has been generating interest. Hemlock is a common wood in Vermont but doesn’t get used a lot except in barns and outbuildings and sometimes for timber frames. My summer job during high school involved working in a small sawmill. We sometimes…

"WOW!!! That is gorgeous!!!! Thank you! Wow! So many elegant solutions to so many parameters!!!! Wow! The wood storage is great, the access great.... the space looks open and beautifully opened up by windows and a high roof..... it is so elegant and simple a design. Lovely!"

− Client

"It looks great and it is the kind of small change with dramatic results that we wouldn’t have thought of but for your visit. Thanks!"

− client

"it's so amazing to look at something we all worked so hard to make a reality...every little detail that I fussed about or you insisted was important all came together beautifully"

− client

"I've worked with Bob for a long time. He has a wonderful design sense and is great at envisioning the use of space, especially small spaces. His current knowledge and use of evolving energy efficient building techniques makes him uniquely placed to provide cutting edge service to the building industry."

− builder

"Robert Swinburne is a highly creative and intuitive architect who was very responsive to my ideas and needs. We had a difficult layout in our house due to prior renovations being done without any attention to quality or aesthetics. We also had several requirements to be met. I spoke with a few contractors, who could not come up with a satisfactory plan - something had to be left out somewhere, in each. Robert took all of the different problem areas and worked out a simple new layout that gave us a wonderful new entry, kitchen, dining room and laundry room that covered problems I hadn't even recognized and beautifully enhanced our whole home. Since then, he has been my go to guy for any new ideas that I have for improvements"

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