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ADi Joins Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Building Greenfield Home

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 ADi staff designer Helaina Balcanoff has been spearheading our collaboration with Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity on this worthy project. Article by Joshua Solomon, in the Greenfield Recorder, Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

After building several homes in Montague the past few years, Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity will begin building its first home in Greenfield in just over a decade come Saturday afternoon. Raising the first wall to a two-bedroom, energy efficient home on Smith Street, the organization will work with local groups to help them to construct the home.

“It was a lovely neighborhood and it really has the benefits of what Greenfield has: nice residential neighborhood without being too far from town,” Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Megan McDonough said.

The organization builds homes to then be offered at an affordable price for those who normally would not be able to purchase a home of their own. Franklin County Technical High School will be doing the plumbing and electric work on the home, already laying some of the ground work in late spring before the school year ended. “They look for opportunities to give real world opportunities to the students and building a house is a great opportunity,” McDonough said.

The architectural group Austin Design, out of Colrain, designed the building. And local solar company PV Squared will be donating solar panels for the home and will help it to be potentially a zero net energy single family home. The Franklin Community Co-op will help provide volunteers to build the home. The lot for the land was purchased last summer in 2016 and Habitat for Humanity’s goal to complete the project is for the summer of 2018.

After an application process and lottery, in which Mayor William Martin picked a name out of a hat to choose the receipt of the home, a single mother with her children will move in once the home is complete.

Previously, two duplex condo homes were built on Montague City Road from 2002 to 2006. More recently, Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity built a home on 11 Warner Street in Montague City, completed in 2012 in partnership with the tech school. The two groups also partnered to build two single family homes on L Street, finished last year.
You can reach Joshua Solomon at: jsolomon@recorder.com 413-772-0261, ext. 264

    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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