Course Projects

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At Yestermorrow, we offer our time and skill in building a variety of projects in collaboration with local non-profits, schools, and private parties. Yestermorrow projects can be found throughout the Mad River Valley and beyond. Aside from the more visible public examples of our work, we regularly create cabinetry, concrete countertops, timber frames, yurts, renovations, tiny houses, garden sheds, earthen ovens, playhouses, and treehouses.

An integral requirement of most of our hands-on classes is the creation of a building project.  This allows students to develop their skill set while taking the course. Below you can explore the unique projects we offer.  If you are interested in one of the projects listed, please contact us by clicking on the "Inquire" link.

Sheds

We have a number of pre-designed sheds to choose from. These sturdy high quality structures are built with 2x4 framing, T1-11 siding with local rough sawn batten, and galvalume ribbed metal roofing. The bare wood siding allows the client to complete and personalize the shed themselves. The sheds are built on the Yestermorrow campus during one of our carpentry classes. See More

Inquire here about a Shed Project


Timber Framing

These sturdy traditional structures are built with heavy squared-off timbers. Joints are carefully hand cut and secured by large wooden pegs. Our instructors work with the client to finalize the design prior to the class. The structure is usually built here on campus, disassembled, and then reassembled at the final location. The ideal dimensions will be between 12' x 12' and 12' x 24' depending on the complexity of the joinery and will include 2-3 bents.                                                   
Estimated cost is about $1200-$2400 for timbers and $600-$1200 for design and drawings. 

Inquire here about a Timber Frame Project


Treehouse Platform

Our heavy duty treehouse platforms are constructed around the trunk of one or more mature trees which serve as a base for your inspiration. Unlike childhood forts, these structures are built to withstand the test of time. Our clients have used their treehouses as workspaces, retreats, and recreational spaces.  Our instructors work with the client to finalize the design prior to the class.

Estimated cost is between $3000-$5000 which does include the design fees.
The structure is built onsite and needs to be anchored around healthy hardwood trees with at least 10” diameters.
Yestermorrow builds the platform, and the client will need to finish it on their own or hire someone else to complete it.

Inquire here about a Treehouse Platform


Cabinetry

Handmade cabinetry adds warmth and beauty to a home. Our well-made custom cabinets are constructed from birch plywood boxes with hardwood frames. Due to time constraints, we limit the project size to:

2 base cabinets with doors and drawers (No finish applied)
2 wall cabinets with doors (No finish applied)

Inquire here about a Cabinetry Project


Renovations

Our goal in this class is to offer students hands-on experience in all aspects of renovating a home. Yestermorrow will assist in your existing remodeling project in your home, but will not serve as the general contractor.  The students will work on a variety of projects depending on your needs.  We do not guarantee completion of any stage, but will provide:

5 days of demolition, framing, and drywall
2 days electrical
2 days plumbing
5 days of finish carpentry / cabinet making

Inquire here about a Renovation Project


Deconstruction/ Reconstruction

If you have a structure with salvageable materials, we will deconstruct it and reuse the material during our Design for Deconstruction and Reconstruction course.

 

 

Inquire here about a Deconstruction/Reconstruction Project


Standard Playhouse

This classic design is built with smooth pine board and galvalume ribbed metal roofing. The bare wood siding allows the client to complete and personalize the shed themselves. The playhouse is built on the Yestermorrow campus during one of our carpentry classes. Dimensions: 8'x8'  Price: $950

Inquire here about the Standard Playhouse


Custom Playhouse

These unique, small structures are built here on campus, during the Home Design/Build class.  Clients actively participate in the design process prior to the class. See More

Inquire here about the Custom Playhouse


Cabins

A small cabin is a perfect project for our Home Design/Build course. Clients will work with instructors to create a unique design and will be built on campus.

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Inquire here about the Cabin


Tiny House

Tiny houses are small dwellings that are gaining in popularity as more people recognize the wisdom of affordable and sustainable living. Often on wheels, these structures are portable. Our two week class will help the client start the process of building their own tiny house. It is important for the client to understand that we cannot guarantee full completion of the project.  The class will work to complete the shell of the structure.  Wall framing, sheathing, and window installation will generally be completed as well.  See More

Inquire here about the Tiny House


Yurt

Yurts are traditional structures that have been used by Eastern Nomadic cultures for over 3000 years. These round tent structures, which can be portable or permanent, consist of a rigid framework covered by a protective skin.

The modern yurt that we build at Yestermorrow is a 12’ diameter yurt that includes a wooden lattice frame, mildew-resistant canvas walls, waterproof vinyl-coated polyester roof, and a domed plexiglass skylight. Easily transportable, the structure collapses down small enough to fit in the bed of a pickup truck.  Clients can choose from a variety of color options.
Estimated cost $1700.

Inquire here about a Yurt


Solar Electric Installations

During this class, our students install a ground mount system in partnership with Suncommon.

Inquire here about a Solar Electric Installation Project


Green Roof

Green roofs last longer than conventional roofs, reduce energy cost with natural insulation, create peaceful retreats for people and animals, and absorb storm water. A green roof consists of a waterproofing membrane, growing medium (soil), and vegetation (plants).

Prior to installation of the green roof, a waterproof membrane needs to be applied to the roof deck which is the client’s responsibility.  The client will also need to make sure there are edges around the roof to contain the soil.


Roof Pitch should be 3:12 or less.The weight of the structure must be able to hold at least 25-30 lbs/sf OVER the local snow load.  We recommend that a structural engineer or builder sign off on the structure beforehand. The size needs to be         12' x 20' or less.

Inquire here about a Green Roof Project


Stone Wall/Arches

Stone walls can be both functional and artistic. In this class, artist Thea Alvin creates arches and organic forms that enhance the natural beauty of the landscape while also providing structure to the land. Our crew of students will be working onsite.  Please note, client will be responsible for the site prep prior to the class.

http://www.myearthwork.com/thea-alvin/

Inquire here about a Stone Wall/Arches


Earthen Ovens

An earth oven is one of the simplest and most ancient cooking structures. Made out of natural material like mud and clay, they provide an affordable oven for the outdoor cooking chef.

Before the beginning of the class, the client will need to build the oven floor at waist-height using rocks, concrete, or logs.  A roof above the oven is also highly recommended. 
Estimated cost is $300.

Inquire here about an Earthen Oven


Public Interest Design/Build

This is one of the most popular courses for our clients. Students will design and build a structure for a non-profit organization during their 2 week course. Past projects have included public playground structures, village green band-shells, park pavilions, compost privies, foot bridges, trail shelters, and school bus stop shelters.

Visit our community projects webpage

Inquire here about a Public Interest Design/Build Project


Concrete Countertops

Concrete is a natural and durable material that can be formed into just about any shape and offers a wide range of colors and finishes.  Our students construct the mold using the client’s exact measurements. The class will pour the concrete here on campus and let it cure for a couple of days. The client will need to pick up the concrete countertop, polish, and seal it. We highly recommend that the client enrolls in the class to learn how to complete the project.

Instructor's Portfolio: Stones Soup Concrete

Concrete Countertop Courses


Inquire here about a Concrete Countertop Project


If you have an interesting project that doesn't match with any of the above, please feel free to share your idea with us. We have a few custom design/build courses that might pair well with your project. It's worth to try.

Inquire here about a Custom Project