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The compound ringing the courtyard of Austin Design’s recently completed Miller-Sealy residence in Portland, Oregon, snugly shelters its occupants from last week’s big storm.
It’s official and it’s delightful. It is with great pleasure that Austin Design announces we have opened a new office for our architectural firm in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. You can now find us at 167 Main Street, Suite 302. in addition to our existing headquarters in Colrain, Massachusetts. Of course, there’s method to our madness […]
It has been a long time since I last wrote about The Idea of Home. Somehow it is easier to puzzle it out in my head than on paper, so this is an attempt to get back to it: For me, life is very much related to architecture and the mysteries I tackle on […]
This essay by Patrick Kitzmiller, staff designer at Austin Design, kicks off an occasional series featuring the voices and viewpoints here at ADi. As a young architecture student I dreamt of designing homes. They are the first structures that come to mind as we grow, because they are as essential and as a part of […]
Austin Design’s Miller residence, a spectacularly executed cluster of elegant structures with a dramatic hilltop view, is featured on the cover of Portland Home Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2015 issue. The full online digital version may be viewed here.
Progress shot from Royal Oak, MD: masonry completed, siding nearly done, cedar roof shingles nearing the ridge!
The main mass of this farmhouse in Royal Oak, MD on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake was built in 1880. ADi’s Tom Chalmers designed a major renovation update several years ago; this photo shows the residence as it neared substantial completion of that assignment. Last year, Tom was approached by the owners once again, […]
A view from the south mowing of the architecturally repurposed blacksmith shop/cottage as it shapes up in July, 2015. Part of a larger arts-oriented project in Guilford, VT, the farm’s collection of utilitarian buildings are finding new creative life in this glorious rural Vermont setting.
A new client, a new setting. Like a jewel… Photo: Google Daniel Lanigan’s Lord Hobo Brewing Company opened this past week. Photo: Boston Herald Tom Chalmers checked on progress for Laconia Street residences in Lexington, MA. Photo: Tom Chalmers Small photo, big plans. Last but not least, Peter pulled home 2 tons of Airstreamed aluminum to […]
Architect Tom Chalmers just returned from checking on construction progress at the Laconia Street project in Lexington, Massachusetts. Consisting of four units in three structures, Austin Design worked with the builder/developers, Bill Eycleshymer and Mike Walsh, to create models that would suit the neighborhood and be affordable to prospective buyers. The homes being built are two […]
A farmstead’s blacksmith shop finds new life as a high-performance tiny home in Guilford, Vermont. Every now and then, a design/build project comes along which is a special delight. In its concept, its scale, its methodology, and its setting, the reincarnation of this Guilford, Vermont blacksmith shop into a high-efficiency compact home certainly qualifies! With […]
Wilmington, Vermont: the newly completed Base Lodge at The Hermitage Club, on the slopes of Haystack Mountain. Austin Design has been active in the scenic Deerfield Valley of southern Vermont for a long time. ADi’s architecture and design for a broad variety of applications can be found in this active and flourishing region, from Wilmington […]
The cupola and its weathervane, as featured on Houzz recently. Recently we had an unexpected heads-up from the staff at Houzz.com, letting us know a photo from Austin Design’s Pro page galleries had been selected for an editorial feature. Houzz has fast become the nation’s leading residential architecture, landscape, and interiors social sharing website. Housing […]
The new kitchen and sunroom addition is attached to the south face of the existing two-story residence. Residential architecture comes in all sizes. Austin Design has a number of home additions in the works, both here in western Massachusetts and in nearby southern Vermont. The other day we paid a periodic site visit to our […]
Well, we’ve officially connected a few pre-existing dots: Austin Design plus the American Institute of Architects plus Vermont. Of course, ADi has long had an active residential and commercial architecture presence in southern Vermont, now expanding into northern reaches with The Alchemist Brewery. Founder Bill Austin has held an VT architect’s license (#1873) in the Green […]
Residential architecture projects come in all sizes, complexities, and degrees of designer autonomy. Austin Design has been commissioned to design an addition to a singular family retreat right here in Colrain, Massachusetts. Built by the Bennett family over 30 years ago, the home’s ambience tells a story that reflects the owner’s lifestyles and interests […]
Austin Design is creating an addition for a highly individualistic family residence in Colrain, Massachusetts; working with our colleague Joan Rockwell of Joan S. Rockwell & Associates, we’re adding a new kitchen, sunroom sitting area, and an adjoining patio. As part of the architectural specifying process, we made a scouting trip this week, to Ashfield […]
A Zero Net Energy home by Austin Design in Colrain, MA Just a few weeks ago, on the brink of a big winter storm alert, Bryan and Rich from the Austin Design office took a road trip to Vantem Panels in nearby Brattleboro, Vermont. Vantem was hosting an information-packed training seminar presented by Sam Rashkin, […]