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The Craft of Brewing in UVM’s Quarterly Features ADi Clients

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The Summer 2017 edition of University of Vermont’s Vermont Quarterly magazine has a feature article on The Craft of Brewing, featuring UVM alumni. Two of the three breweries featured are Austin Design’s clients. Nice shot of The Alchemist above. And the other nice folks are Lawson’s Finest. We’re in good company…

    New Powderhorn Units at the Hermitage Club

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    Link to the post by the @HermitageClub on Twitter.

    This looks very familiar.

    Austin Design is working on redesigns for new townhome construction by Cameo Builders at Powderhorn Village, at the base of Haystack Mountain, home of The Hermitage Club in Wilmington, Vermont.



      A Rare Peek Inside The Mountain House

      Completed by Austin Design in 2007, this stunning handcrafted home nestles into the forested eastern slope of the Green Mountains, and cradles its occupants in Old World style. Carefully wrought wood, stone, and metal meet in a one-of-a-kind, private retreat from today’s mass-produced and commonplace choices. This masterpiece will be offered at a public, no-reserve auction by SkiHome Realty through Concierge Auctions next month. Video footage by Concierge.

        It’s Official! Tree House Brewery Opens in Charlton, MA

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        From MassLive’s announcement:

        Tree House Brewing Company opened its new heavily anticipated 55,000-square-foot brewery in Charlton this past weekend. The move represents a huge step forward for one of the state’s top breweries, which has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. The new facility will take Tree House’s brewing capacity from 300 barrels per week, to up to 240 barrels per day.

        Tree House, which previously operated solely in Monson, opened its doors to the public on Saturday at its new location in Charlton with nine different offerings for on-site pours.  The new hours for the new location at 129 Sturbridge Road in Charlton are:

        Wednesday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
        Thursday: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
        Friday: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
        Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

        Media coverage links:



        Eater Boston

        Boston Magazine

        Tree House Brewing Co. on Twitter


          Lawson’s Finest Stops in to Brattleboro

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          Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids confers (6/23/2017) with Peter and Bill (and Otto) at ADi’s Brattleboro office about the design of their new brewery in Waitsfield, VT. Sean later went down the street to Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery to collaborate on a special spruce tip ale, which should be released soon.

            Vermont Downtown and Historic Preservation Conference

            Several ADi staff attended the Conference in White River Junction, VT on Thursday, June 8, 2017.  Organizers have said they had 330 attendees from over 60 communities and 5 states participate this year. Skip to :33 for the Keynote address if you’d like! Video by CATV 8/10 in the Upper Valley.

              Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity with Austin Design

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              ADi’s Helaina Balcanoff has been the designer (and more) for a new Habitat home on Smith Street in Greenfield, MA. Way to go Helaina! The Greenfield Recorder ran a story today, excerpted below. Full story here.

              If you’ve ever dreamed of building your own energy-efficient home but haven’t been able to get financing, a local nonprofit may be able to help. Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications to build an affordable, single-family home in Greenfield with a sale price of $139,000 or less. Eligible applicants will have incomes up to 70 percent of area median income, which is adjusted for family size.

              Those interested in submitting an application are invited to attend information sessions on Tuesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, June, 10 at 10 a.m. at the Greenfield Public Library.

              The two-bedroom zero net energy home will be built on Smith Street. Thanks to local company PV Squared, the house will have solar panels. Franklin County Technical High School will contribute help from several trades and Austin Design of Colrain has donated its architectural services.

                The Day Talks Beer with Fox Farm’s Zack Adams

                We’re talking about the idea of opening one’s own craft brewery.

                It’s an increasingly popular and thirst-quenching bit of entrepreneurialism across our region, and Salem-based Fox Farm Brewery is the latest to open its taps. Owned by the husband/wife team of Laura Adams and brew master Zack Adams and managed by Zack’s brother Dave Adams, Fox Farm Brewery is headquartered in Salem on an old dairy farm the couple purchased four years ago. It’s the culmination of a long-time dream that probably first seemed an actually realistic concept in 2012. That’s when Zack Adams, using a home-brew kit he got for Christmas from his in-laws, made a batch of beer called Magnificent Seven IPA. The beer was selected from over 1,000 entries as one of three national winners in the 2012 Samuel Adams Longshot American Homebrew Contest.

                After a long process in purchasing and renovating the farm and its dairy barn, installing brewing equipment and going through protracted legal processes that involved licensing and zoning issues — and, of course, as Adams refined his art as a brewer — Fox Farm Brewery last weekend officially opened the doors. In addition to a tap room where visitors can sample glasses and pints and purchase growlers to go, Fox Farm has begun distributing its five current beers — the Burst IPA, the Gather Keller Pilsner, the Hearth Bound porter, and two varieties of Roam American Pale Ales — to various bars and restaurants in the region.

                Read the full interview in The Day.

                  How Older Houses Work: A Discussion

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                    A Reply: Misleading Quote Was a Disservice to Architectural Debate

                    Editor of the Reformer:

                    In response to a quote published in “Wilmington home still too big for neighbor,” May 8 — “I don’t think that it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever designed or seen but I think it meets the requirements of what they were trying to do.”

                    Architecture, for me, is not something that is easily distilled down to a single image, thought, or phrase.

                    The home in Wilmington, that the Reformer article speaks of has gone through several design iterations due to a zoning process that has been unusually long and arduous. The initial design has been whittled down and altered to accommodate changes in the zoning ordinance, the suggestions of a previous DRB meeting, and compromises to respect neighbors’ concerns. The final outcome is not what I believe it could have been.

                    One of the DRB members asked about the aesthetic quality of an elevational drawing leading me to say what is quoted in the article. Architects and designers use Elevations as a way to convey proportion, materiality, and geometry. As such, elevations are tools of building rather than images of beauty. Elevations can never convey the shape or the emotion wrought of passion and utility that is, I believe, the heart of architecture. Architects form materials and vision into space — full of potential and purpose, texture and color, light and shadow.

                    When we are required to flatten it — to reduce it to an orthogonal, static image — the art and power is flattened as well. Judging the beauty and intention of architecture by looking at Elevations is like judging the life of an individual by looking at their census data.

                    When architects and designers talk about our craft, we are talking, quite literally, about the environment we, you and I, live in. We wrap our everyday existence in the the buildings on Main Street and the columns and beams bounding our front porch. Architecture, for me, is the mother of all art and the driving force that pushes me to reevaluate and reimagine how I think about my life and how I live it.

                    Each design I begin starts with a conversation about the people that will inhabit the space and I have always felt it a great privilege to design a family’s home. A home is the living journal within which we write our lives — living our most precious and even most desperate moments. I never go into the design of a house lightly because I know it will become a silent partner in the lives of my clients, their family, friends, and neighbors. It is more than art to me, it is sacred.

                    Architecture, for me, is not something that is easily distilled down to a single image, thought, or phrase. I think it is a shame, however, that all of the intention, passion, and time that so many people put into this project was potentially reduced to a single misleading quote of a frustrated professional speaking nervously in front of a review board.

                    Patrick Kitzmiller,
                    Brattleboro, May 10