David Anderson Hill, Inc. is located in South Woodstock, Vermont. We use a highly personal approach to create dwellings that look and feel beautiful; that fit both the environment and your own unique lifestyle. By maintaining a limited schedule of carefully selected projects, our principals, David Hill and Susan Fuller, are able to attend to every aspect of the design, oversee the selection of all materials, and continually confer with each artisan and tradesperson.
A native of Pennsylvania, David graduated from Brown University with a degree in Bio-Geology. His building career began in 1975, when he co-founded a firm that specialized in the meticulous process of identifying, dismantling, labeling, relocating, and reassembling old barn frames. Their projects extended beyond New England, as far away as Aspen, Colorado. “We discovered there were a lot of barns that were falling down,” says Hill, recalling the company’s genesis, “but we also realized these old barns had great frames. The owners were planning on demolishing these irreplaceable structures, and we were able to give them new life.” Although the “green building” movement had not yet been officially coined, his barn reconstruction and adaptive reuse made him an early leader in the field. Honing the knowledge David gained from these successful early homes, he has come to be considered a foremost expert on timber framing, and on the use of salvaged materials. In his 30-plus years as a homebuilder, Hill has developed a keen ability to bring together the right design and building team. David and his partner Susan Fuller established David Anderson Hill, Inc. in 1992, working out of their historic farmhouse in South Woodstock, where he has resided since 1975.
Susan possesses an intuitive ability to create beauty, “It’s in the details: trims, finishes, colors – the way the light filters in at different times of day, setting a window to provide the most pleasing outlook from a favorite chair, creating gathering spaces that reflect each client’s lifestyle.” As a Vermont native, Susan also carries with her a profound understanding of the landscape. She earned her B.S. in Housing and Design from the University of Vermont (UVM) in 1975. Her design skills and philosophy evolved through her extensive post-graduate work in Conservation and Historic Preservation at UVM, The Smithsonian Institution, Cooperstown Farmers' Museum, MIT, and Boston University, and from her practical work experience as a professional draftsperson. “I strive to blend timeless, classic elements with good, clean design,” says Fuller, “the result is a plan that is simple to execute, yet adds nuance and innate charm to the structure.” In 1978 Susan returned to Woodstock and served for five years as a Conservator at the Billings Farm Museum. She became a full-time home designer in 1983. As a mother, wife, gardener, cook, pet owner, and overall creative force, Susan appreciates what eases and enlivens the tasks of daily living, and applies that knowledge to enhancing the livability of any space. In addition to her talents in design and color selection, Susan lends her customer and subcontractor relations’ skills to David Anderson Hill, Inc.
"You conceptualize your new home. You dream about it, try to sketch it. David and Susan took our concepts and made them work. Nothing in our house was standard, from the salvaged barn frame to the smallest details. It was a wonderful relationship among David and Susan and the subcontracting crew. There was never any glitch. It was more than we dreamed of, and everyone who worked on it was, I think, very proud."
- Frank O’Connell -
"I was looking for post and beam construction and we came across an article about David deconstructing a barn. I figured if he could do that kind of work, he could build a house for us too. We live two hours away, but David and Susan kept us informed throughout. There were a lot of questions near the end to make it all work. David would scratch his head for a minute and then get to work and come up with a plan that solved the problem."
- Dr. Rick Hicks -
"I tell anyone who wants to get the most out of their remodeling budget to contact Susan. instead of replacing all my kitchen cabinets and counters, Susan suggested I open a wall, move my oven, and with a little paint here and one additional counter surface there created a fantastic country kitchen. I thought I would have to replace a lot of windows, woodwork, and trim. Instead, Susan was able to create the look and feel I wanted through the strategic use of paint color and furniture placement alone."
- Cynthia Weiss -
"Susan is extremely creative in areas you might not expect. Both David and Susan gave the carpenters and tradespeople the freedom to be creative, to demonstrate creative flair. Hill and Fuller deserve all the credit for guiding this project to completion. It was a completely smooth operation."
- Barbara O’Connell, Woodstock, VT and Boston, MA -
Working with David Anderson Hill was an artistic collaboration with our ideas and his, making the end result - our transformed 1870 barn - into a true work of art. His attention to every detail from 20” wide salvaged floorboards to large hearthstones has made our home such a joy to inhabit. We would strongly recommend him.
- Charlotte and Ron Jackson -
"My wife found a 22-acre piece of heavily forested property in an excellent location. It was difficult to imagine what it could be; even the listing agent could not envision that the land would ever have significant value. Susan hacked through the property was able to recognize the diamond in the rough. We now have a fabulous view building site with a fantastic naturally fed pond. It is beyond what we ever thought we could afford, and by far our best financial investment to date."
- Benjamin Asher -
“The Best of Both Worlds”, Trend Watch (magazine) Spring 2018
“Into the Woods”, Log Home Living, (magazine) 2108 Annual Buyer’s Guide
“The Ultimate Ski House”, VT Ski + Ride (magazine) January 2017
“Country Chic”, New England Home (magazine) Tenth anniversary issue, September 2015
“Customized Homes and Lifestyles”, Trend Watch (magazine) Spring 2015
“David Anderson Hill, Inc., High-End Residential Construction and Renovation”, Builder/Architect (a Magazine) Vermont edition, January 2008
“Home of Distinction: Excellence in Home Design- Log Home: Less than 2,000 SF”. 2018 Buildings Systems Council Jerry Rouleau Awards Competition
Timberpeg® “Customer Service Award,” 2007
Timberpeg® “Dealer of the Year,” 2004
Sustainable Woodstock, Current Board member – David Hill
Woodstock History Center, Current Trustee – Susan Fuller