Trend Watch Vermont
The McKernon Group continues to stay ahead of the curve with innovative trends in distinctive home designs, in-house construction crews meeting tight deadlines, highly efficient spray-foam insulation and solar energy alternatives, reclaimed antique and green building materials, and smart-home technology. McKernon is known for customer service and attention to every detail, start to finish, to successfully achieve customers’ visions.
General Contractors "Best in Vermont"
The McKernon Group is a full-service general contractor that services west central Vermont and focuses on custom residential and light commercial projects throughout the state and upstate New York. Most of the firm’s projects are for out-of-state homeowners who seek the crisp mountain air and scenery of Vermont for their second homes. McKernon also has GEE (Green Earth Energy) solar, UFO (Urethane Foam Operations) and (Vermont Woodland Cabinets) custom mill shop listed as their subsidiaries.
New England Home, Mountain Makeover
Celebrating Fine Design, Architecture and Building, New England Home magazine features a McKernon Group renovation of a 1980’s ski home in Vermont in their Jan-Feb 2018 issue. Visit Mountain Makeover for the full article and photos of this contemporary makeover in the heart of the mountains.
VT SKI + RIDE Magazine
What can you do with a 1980s ski house? In Ludlow, two families give their second homes Stunning makeovers. Photos by Matthew Niemann and Oliver Parini
“When I was a kid, my parents had a house in Newfane and I remember getting up at the crack of dawn to go ski Magic or Stratton,” remembers Kerry Berchem. For years, the lawyer from Fairfield, Conn. didn’t ski. “Then one day my husband, who had skied twice, wanted to take a family ski trip. With three young kids, I thought it would be a disaster,” she says. But they went to Okemo and loved it. “Everyone was so friendly and it was so laid back and not-New York,” Berchem says. They enjoyed Okemo so much so that a few years later they bought a 1980s-era four-bedroom home just off the slopes.
A home is, for most people, the biggest investment they’ll ever make. It deserves to be well-thought-out, well placed on the land, and built for efficiency and economy of operation.” Jack McKernon’s words appear in the introduction to his 2005 book, The Master Builder’s Guide to the Perfect Home. He continues, “Old buildings with ‘good bones’ can be moved to take advantage more effectively of the naturallandscape. Barns can be incorporated into new construction to impart their legacy of strength and rootedness. As seen in Vermont Magazine, September 2018, www.vermontmagazine.com