Yestermorrow Blog

Tackling Efficiency at Yestermorrow

By Kate Stephenson, Executive Director
When I give tours of the Yestermorrow campus, frequently I end up telling folks we have many components of a high performance building. But one of the challenges of working to renovate and retrofit an existing building (originally a hotel built in 1960) in phases over time is that often you don't get a chance to look at the larger picture of...

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Tiny House, Open House

By Kate Stephenson, Executive Director
For the last couple of months on campus, Katie Tomai has been a consistently inspiring presence. Her journey started in July in the Tiny House Design/Build course. During those two weeks, the class kick-started her building process by building the frame for her home.Since then, Katie has been outside everyday chipping away at her house. With very...

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From Yestermorrow Student to Instructor (and a darn good one!)

By Dan Eckstein, Curriculum Director
Paul Derksen came to Yestermorrow in 2006 to take the Design for Builders and Timber Framing courses. The school was on Paul’s radar for quite some time. Building had always been an interest for him, as family-album  pictures of him trying to build a treehouse while still in diapers will attest. Renovation work on his own house as an adult...

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Students Build Fayston Elementary School Outdoor Classroom

By Kate Stephenson, Executive Director

Staff at the elementary school in nearby Fayston, Vermont were looking to create a natural “playscape” and outdoor learning space. They turned to Yestermorrow to build the center piece for their new playground and the Design/Build for Public Interest class was tasked with its creation and installation.

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Tiny House Design/Build - a student's perspective

by Maggie McBride, Summer Intern Students check out the trailer for Katie's tiny house. There is something special about gathering people together to build a house for a friend. For two weeks I was immersed in a world that I had spent years dreaming, drooling and desiring existed....

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