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A look at Wheel Pad, an accessible small space

A look at Wheel Pad, an accessible small space
Wheel Pad, winner of World Architecture News 2016 Small Spaces Award, is a 200 sq.ft. accessible bedroom and bathroom that can be attached to an existing home. It is an affordable, eco-friendly, non-toxic, immediately available living space offering privacy, and supporting the independence of individuals with mobility issues. Our goal is to respect...
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A Cozy Carriage House Conversion

Living Room for A Cozy Carriage House Conversion
An 1869 Barn Receives an Authentic Restoration Story by Marisa Crumb • Photos by Carolyn Bates VERMONT HOMES AND GARDEN • March 2017 THE STATELY ITALIANATE HOUSE THAT SITS on a secluded double lot in the historic south side of Burlington has a delightful companion in the form of a lovingly restored carriage house just steps away. The cheerful dwell...
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Artistry on Every Level

Every room and every feature (including the clear acrylic bar stools and 16-and-a-half-foot kitchen island, above) keys into at least one of the owners’ goals in terms of both style and practicality...and also keeps nonessential elements in the background.
A delightful Stowe house is the epitome of all details considered. Story by Marisa Crumb  • Photos by Carolyn Bates VERMONT MAGAZINE • Winter 2016 THE CONTENTMENT AND ENTHUSIASM COME through clearly and immediately. Judy and Matt Beech-er are without a doubt very pleased with the results of their one-and-a-half-year collaboration with John Ste...
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Making the abandoned Moran Plant a dynamic cultural landmark

Art in Moran Plant
  You know that old derelict on the Waterfront called the MORAN plant or the NEW MORAN. Well you should take a cruise around INSIDE. An art exhibit modeled itself within its interior, adding lights for the month of August.  Cruising around with Kath Montstream, I decided to use "square" on my iphone. Yummy colors and shadows and shapes. T...
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FOR SALE: AWESOME FLY FISHING LOCATION with two unique homes and this river front on the Mad River.

Jerry Johnson fishing

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Five local architectural companies designed far out ice fishing shanties.

On February 26th, the Shelburne Museum had a Snow Day! It was such an absolutely awesome day that I got to spend there with Nan Patrick and Cindy Knauf. One of the exhibits we were able to see was the ARCTICtecture: The Ice Shanty Project featuring top Vermont Architecture firms. The participating firms include TruexCullins , Peregrine Design Build...
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Inside the Valley Farmhouse

Exterior Residential Architectural Photography
Architect: Haynes and Garthwaite architects, Norwich, VT • Builder: Naylor & Breen Builders Inc., Brandon Vermont Take a look at this amazing new farmhouse with all the charm of one that has been there for decades!   Located in the Upper Valley, this 4 bedroom home was designed to capture the character of a New England farmhouse and was si...
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The Teahouse

Haynes & Garthwaite Architects They renovated the historic brick  house and added a beautiful new timberframe structure. Trees, large stone, unique wood designs on doors and cabinets, wonderful alive sun room alley, three sided wood fireplace.
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InSite Solar Decathlon: Middlebury College


Take a look at a home run solely on solar power!

In its return to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, Middlebury College created InSite, a house that reconnects people with their community and emphasizes environmental, economic, and social sustainability. InSite offers the privacy and comforts that appeal to 21st-century homebuyers by balancing public and private spaces.

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Photo Safari 2015

Photo Safari 2015

Sandy Lawton, of Arro Design, Kirsten Seibert, of Broadleaf Landscape Architecture and I gave a PHOTO SAFARI, which included tours of Sandy and Kirsten's home and in their barn where they are building a new home, complete with beautifully colored concrete kitchen counters. Then we drove to see Sandy's fabric formed concrete TreeHouse, and Kirsten's well designed very steep sloped landscape with pergula, We had a magnificent lunch, and finally camera raw classes by Carolyn L. Bates Photography.

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New Video! The Shelburne Point Residential Project

See more of my videos on the YouTube Channel !
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The Perfect Pairing of Nature & Architecture at the Upper Pines Lodge

Upper Pines Lodge VT by Carolyn Bates
Even though it poured rain ALL DAY, taking photos at the Upper Pines Lodge was a fun day. I just grabbed a huge polo umbrella when I was outside.The architect, Dave Sellers, outdid himself once again, with unusual design. By using real trees line up on both sides of the entry hall, the architect was able to take the nature that surrounds this struc...
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This Old Schoolhouse by Jerry Johnson, Creek Road Poet

In the heart of the Northeast Kingdom in the town of East Albany sat an old wood-framed schoolhouse. The year was 1983. It was August, a beautiful time of year to be in Vermont. Summer was winding down and nights were growing cooler. My investigation about the schoolhouse revealed that Erdine Gonyaw was the last teacher to educate a room full of th...
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An Author's Inspiration: A revnovated century-old schoolhouse with a spectacular barn!

Restored century-old schoolhouse on a farm in Vermont’s fabled Northeast Kingdom

Take a look at author Jerry Johnson's restored century-old schoolhouse and stunning barn located on a farm in Vermont. Artistically and architecturally, this farm is truly inspiring.

Read the story of This Old Schoolhouse by Jerry Johnson here.

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Architecture Spotlight: Squam Lake House

Architect: Patrick Kane This south facing house runs along the shore line to maximize views and passive solar effect. Becuase the building is sited in mature forest, to minimize disturbance to trees and thus the house is well screened from the street and lake. Squam Lake is a summer and winter seasonal camp that can sleep 20 people which is perfect...
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A Snapshot of a Home

See how the perfect mix of design, innovation, and architecture can be brought together to give the owner ultimate privacy. It is one of the first houses designed by architect Patrick Kane while working for Gossens & Bachman Architecture . For ultimate privacy: Windows totally covered by huge shutters and an outdoor patio secluded by using huge...
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Photography Exhibit Alert! "Photos of Syria, Then and Now", by Peter Aaron

ARTspace – "Photos of Syria, Then and Now", by Peter Aaron August 16 to September 7 Location: ARTspace Gallery 71 Palatine Rd Germantown, NY Saturdays 11 -5 & Sundays 11 – 3 Or by appointment This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Opening Reception August 16, 5 – 7 More about the Exhibit: During the Syrian Civil War many magnificent structure...
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Architectural Spotlight: Sizzling Conrete

Fabric and fern leaves sizzle deep into the concrete forms that bend, twist, and meld into sensual textured exterior walls and columns of Sandy Lawton’s newest HOT design perched high up in the Green Mountains. You want to reach out and touch the walls, feel the patterns, and lean back against the columns. Sandy collaborated with the owner, Pierre ...
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Check out Videotect Viewers' Choice Finalist • Architecture MN

I recently had a chance to see a video by Ryan Siemers centering around architecture and his daughter in the Skyways of Minneapolis. It was so great that I had to share.


Ryan Siemers and Craig Hinrichs from Architecture Minnesota on Vimeo. Videotect Viewers' Choice Finalist

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FAHC gets a new ICU Waiting room with an artistic twist.

FAHC gets a new ICU Waiting Room
About the Project: FAHC in Burlington, VT. needed a second waiting room for ICU, but there was no empty room available. The facilities planning staff spied a flat, ugly, black roof off of the icu hallway. Pushing out from the wall this roof turned into a marvelous light filled two story space withhundreds of very colorful balloon shaped hand blown ...
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Burlington, VT 05402

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